As if Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s imitation of Donald Trump wasn’t enough, now his GOP primary opponent in next year’s race to try to unseat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has an ad out with plenty of Trumpian bull mess as well.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio released a web ad Tuesday that attacks CNN for supposedly purveying “fake news” in an attempt to destroy President Donald Trump.
The commercial was produced on behalf of Mike Gibbons, a little-known Cleveland banker who is seeking the GOP Senate nomination also pursued by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
And it seems to be part of a growing trend among Republican campaigns to blast the news media not out of grievances over perceived bias, but as a matter of political strategy.
The Gibbons ad, entitled “Knuckleheads,” opens with Gibbons deploring North Korean missiles and ISIS bombs.
“Obamacare’s imploding and opioids are killing our kids,” Gibbons intones. “Yet the liberals and knuckleheads at CNN are obsessed with destroying our president by using fake news.”
As Gibbons says this “CNN retracts … ‘Fake News’ Trump-Russia story,’” runs across the screen.
By imitating Trump, Mandel and Gibbons show they’ve got as much contempt for Ohioans as Trump himself does for the American people.
How many big fat lies can Gibbons pack into a couple sentences while simultaneously accusing others of “fake news”?
Obamacare is not imploding, but the Trump Administration is hell-bent on destroying it by throwing the insurance markets into chaos.
From an LA Times article headlined, “Health insurers plan big Obamacare rate hikes — and they blame Trump“:
Health insurers across the country are making plans to dramatically raise Obamacare premiums or exit marketplaces amid growing exasperation with the Trump administration’s erratic management of the program and its conflicting signals about the fate of aid for low-income consumers and other key issues.
At the same time, state insurance regulators — both Democrat and Republican — have increasingly concluded they cannot count on the Trump administration to help them ensure that consumers will have access to a health plan next year.
The growing frustration with the Trump administration’s management — reflected in letters to state regulators and in interviews with more than two dozen senior industry and government officials nationwide — undercuts a key White House claim that Obamacare insurance marketplaces are collapsing on their own.
Instead, according to many officials, it is the Trump administration that is driving much of the current instability by refusing to commit to steps to keep markets running, such as funding aid for low-income consumers or enforcing penalties for people who go without insurance.
You wanna talk North Korea, Mike Gibbons?
Your boy Trump is making that situation much worse.
From Politico on Aug. 14:
President Donald Trump would be best served to simply ignore the provocations of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, a former acting director of the CIA said Friday, and is “making it worse” by replying with a show of force. …
“We have a new president and Kim Jong Un is trying to challenge him, is trying to get him back to the negotiating table,” former CIA acting Director Mike Morell said Friday on “CBS This Morning,” praising former President Barack Obama for largely ignoring the North Korean regime’s efforts at saber rattling. “Kim Jong Un wants to get back to a situation where we give them gifts when they do something bad. And then we are also making it worse, right? With our bluster and by sending aircraft carriers in there, we’re raising the crisis.”
How about Daesh (also known as ISIS)? Trump is bungling that too, and his xenophobic posturing is actually a boon to recruiting for the Daesh terrorists.
From The Independent:
Al Qaeda, Isis and other jihadi groups are thrilled with US President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration targeting Muslim countries, describing it as proof that the US is at war with Islam. …
Isis-friendly channels on the Telegram messaging service described the ban as “blessed”, echoing how the US 2003 invasion of Iraq was called a “blessed invasion” for reinvigorating anti-US sentiment in the region.
One user greeted the news of the “Muslim ban” as “the best caller to Islam”, hoping it will draw Muslim Americans to their cause.
Several posts suggested that the prediction of Anwar al-Awlaki – a US-born al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen in 2011 – that “the West would eventually turn against its Muslim citizens” was coming true.
As for “fake news,” Mike Gibbons, you’ve got to be kidding.
Trump’s case file at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact.com shows that a full 70 percent of his statements are “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire.” His “true” rating is at 5 percent. It’s pathetic. Donald Trump is a compulsive, pathological liar.
Think about that: Seventy percent of the time, the President of the United States cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Judging from this awful misleading web ad and his disgraceful imitation of Trump, neither can Mike Gibbons.