Four Weeks In

Number 50 of a series

Do I need to keep going on with this? Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Donald Trump, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. That was so many days ago, and more recently Trump’s occupational pratfalls have advanced to front and center. His determined effort to humiliate himself (also the American image in the process) has eclipsed his lack of familiarity with the truth.

Forge ahead I must. History awaits. Here is number 50:

50. Feb. 7, 2017 — Meeting with the National Sheriffs’ Association

The claim about the Dakota Access Pipeline: “Years of getting approvals, nobody showed up to fight it, this company spends tremendous — hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars — and then all of a sudden people show up to fight it.”

In fact: While protest against the pipeline greatly intensified in 2016, it is false that “nobody” was fighting it before it was granted approvals. “Bakken pipeline protesters flooded the Iowa Utilities Board headquarters in Des Moines on Thursday morning, delivering 1,000 written grievances about the consequences of building the pipeline in the state,” read a Des Moines Register article in Oct. 2015. Iowa’s WHOTV reported in Nov. 2015 about intense opposition from Iowa farmers.

Daniel Dale’s list has since grown. As of 23 March the count was up to 143. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

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