By JOSH MARSHALL Published MARCH 13, 2017, 8:52 PM EDT
I couldn't help noticing this tweet this evening from Vice President Pence, highlighting his and the President's talk today with 'victims' of Obamacare.
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In Ohio, I met Greg Knox—a small biz owner hurting under Obamacare. Now, he's at the @WhiteHouse to share his story. https://www.whitehouse.gov/
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As I noted earlier, while there were definitely trade offs with Obamacare and it was far from a panacea the idea that the law created a class of 'victims' is at best overstated and largely BS.
It got better when a guy on Twitter pointed out to me that Knox actually has his own write-up on Snopes.com.
Now, to be clear, he wasn't debunked or caught lying about something. The Snopes write up was actually confirming that Knox was the author of a viral meme email that made the rounds back in December 2008. This was during the Bush-Obama transition when the fate of General Motors and the rest of the auto industry hung in the balance. GM President Troy Clarke had sent a letter to employees and others asking them to write and tell Congress to save GM.
Knox wrote a response to Clarke which was basically a tirade against the leeches and parasites who made up the GM workforce (and management too, for that matter but, well ... mainly the workforce.) It shows Knox to be what policy specialists refer to as a "toxic right wing asshole."
In a press conference, Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer walked back the president's tweeted claims that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign. By "wire tapping" Trump just meant "surveillance and other activities", and by "President Obama" and "a bad (or sick) guy" he was referring the entirety of the administration, not to Obama personally.
Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn't referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping. "I think there's no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election," Spicer said. "The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities." ...
Spicer also said that Trump was referring to the Obama administration broadly -- and not accusing Obama of personal involvement -- when he tweeted that "Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" and accused Obama of being a "bad" or "sick guy."