This image recently appeared on Donald Trump’s Facebook page:
“Evangelicals for Trump” is not an organization. It is just part of the Trump campaign’s outreach to evangelical voters. It has a website where you can donate, buy Trump gear, “join,” and view news stories that are over six months old. Notice the small print: “Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President Inc.”
But as the BBC points out in this piece, the ad is just another attempt to play to evangelicals fears. Here is a taste:
A post by Donald Trump’s official Facebook account purports to show violence in the US but is in fact of an event in another country.
The advert shows one image of Mr Trump in a calm setting talking to police officers beside another of a security official being surrounded by protesters, saying: “Public safety vs chaos and violence”.
However, the image is a photo from a pro-democracy protest in Ukraine in 2014.
Facebook have told the BBC they won’t be taking any action against the post but gave no further comment.
The post reads “Evangelicals For Trump are ready to help re-elect President Donald J Trump.”
On the image on the right, the officer is wearing a badge on his shoulder.
However, it is an insignia not recognisable as one US police wear – it’s a Coptic cross seen in countries which practice Orthodox Christianity.
Read the rest here. Anne Applebaum also discusses the ad here.
Sadly, I don’t think any of the Evangelicals who support Trump will be too upset about the fact that the ad is deceptive.
I wonder if this will move any GOP Senators to vote for witnesses. It should.
Here is Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt at The New York Times:
President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.
The president’s statement as described by Mr. Bolton could undercut a key element of his impeachment defense: that the holdup in aid was separate from Mr. Trump’s requests that Ukraine announce investigations into his perceived enemies, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was in office.
Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates. He also sent a draft to the White House for a standard review process for some current and former administration officials who write books.
Multiple people described Mr. Bolton’s account of the Ukraine affair.
The book presents an outline of what Mr. Bolton might testify to if he is called as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial, the people said. The White House could use the pre-publication review process, which has no set time frame, to delay or even kill the book’s publication or omit key passages.
Read the rest here.