Brazil: Attacks on democracy and fake news bring Bolsonaro approval down to 25%

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BRAZIL’S 247 NEWS)

 

Attacks on democracy and fake news bring Jair Bolsonaro approval down to just 25%, El Pais poll shows

False news spread by Jair Bolsonaro, such as grotesque information that actor Leonardo DiCaprio was behind the burning in the Amazon, and attacks by pockets of democracy on democratic values ​​drove government approval to only 25%, according to El País newspaper

 

247 – Jair Bolsonaro’s authoritarian climb is noisy, but it also takes some of his support, as political scientist Andrei Roman of the Political Atlas has found, according to a report by journalist Carla Jimenez of the newspaper El Pais. 

“Rejection of President Bolsonaro has risen in recent days, while the number of supporters who think his government is good or good has fallen from 27.5 percent on Nov. 12 to around 25 percent on Saturday,” says Roman, who monitors. tracking daily the networks for financial market clients “, reports Carla Jímenez.,

 “Rejection has risen again,” Roman explains, though he doesn’t need to know how much. But in the last survey, made on November 12, was 42.1%. “The president’s bet stirs up his radical base, but proves to be a risky game for his own political survival even before completing a year of government,” says the editor of the newspaper El País.

Trump Now Throwing Rudy Giuliani Under The Bus: Trump Says “I hardly Know Him”

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It looks like President Donald Trump is finally tiring of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Gone are the days when he casually directed the leaders of foreign governments to “talk to Rudy” about matters of pressing national security policy.

A month ago, Trump offered a public show of support for the embattled former New York mayor; now, he says, he hardly knows the poor sap.

This week’s sudden split was a long time coming. In October, federal prosecutors nabbed Giuliani henchmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman as they attempted a one-way trip out of the United States. In the weeks since their arrest, Parnas provided audio and video recordings to the House Intelligence Committee that implicate Giuliani in corrupt foreign dealings. A federal criminal indictment against Giuliani appears imminent.

At the same time, three rounds of highly credible witnesses testified at House impeachment hearings that Giuliani put American foreign policy at risk by conducting an unofficial, Trump-approved intimidation campaign against American-allied Ukraine. The goal? To deliver damaging political dirt on political rival Joe Biden. Trump mega-donor and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland asserted under oath that Giuliani’s behavior amounted to a corrupt quid pro quo.

Now, at last, Trump is pulling the plug on another failed business venture. In a bizarre interview with disgraced former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, the president disavowed ever sending Giuliani to Ukraine. Giuliani, he argued, must have been operating independently. 

“I didn’t direct him,” Trump told O’Reilly.. “But he’s a warrior. Rudy’s a warrior. Rudy went. He possibly saw something… Rudy has other clients, other than me.”

Gordon Sondland: We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt

Even by the standards of Trump’s well-known disloyalty, his comments to O’Reilly represent a stunning willingness to throw even his closest advisers to the wolves. Of course, the idea that Giuliani acted on his own is risible — the official transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky includes a direct instruction to “talk to Rudy.” Trump’s comments are an act of desperation, a last-ditch attempt to cut off the cancerous limb that is Giuliani’s ineptitude. 

Friendship with Donald Trump is a fleeting affair filled with reputational risks. Just ask Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, currently serving three years in federal prison for his role in covering up Trump’s hush-money payments to porn stars and mistresses. By the end,of Cohen’s sordid saga, Trump claimed to barely know a man he had worked with for more than a decade.

Or take former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who went from Trump confidante to personal nemesis in the span of only 11 dizzying days. Or former Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, who guided Trump’s campaign and occupied a plush White House office until Trump fired him. Trump spent weeks dragging Bannon in the press as “sloppy” and a crybaby who couldn’t handle the pressures of government. 

For all his laughable incompetence, Giuliani represents a far more dangerous challenge for Trump than Bannon, Scaramucci or even Cohen. Giuliani is every bit as transactional as Trump. On one occasion last week, Giuliani claimed he had an “insurance policy” to ensure Trump didn’t turn on him — evidence that, for all their camaraderie, Giuliani knows the best way to handle Trump is through mutually assured destruction. 

With pressure mounting on Giuliani to testify under oath about his shady dealings in Ukraine, Trump has every reason to put miles between himself and his personal attorney. Trump’s claim that Giuliani was just a freelancer don’t hold water. It is too cute by half to assert that Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine just happen to match one-for-one with the quid pro quo Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to on live television

It doesn’t help that Giuliani has admitted on multiple occasions in rambling Fox News interviews that he acted at Trump’s direction — a self-serving effort to shield himself from legal fallout in much the same way Trump now seeks to shield himself from Giuliani. In a White House governed by opaque dealings, the Trump-Giuliani relationship is one of the few transparent elements.

President Trump is trying his best to wash his hands of Rudy Giuliani’s lethal radioactivity. Unfortunately for Trump, Giuliani is a fellow expert in the fair weather friendships of high-level politics. How Giuliani responds to Trump’s latest incitement will determine whether the White House survives the gathering impeachment storm.

Author warns that Trump ‘will not exit quietly,’ even if defeated or impeached

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE USA TODAY NEWS)

 

‘Anonymous’ author warns that Trump ‘will not exit quietly,’ even if defeated or impeached

USA TODAY

The anonymous official who has written a scathing account of the presidency of Donald Trump suggests the president might refuse to leave office even if convicted in impeachment hearings or defeated narrowly in the 2020 election – and says Trump is preparing his followers to see either outcome as a “coup” that could warrant resistance.

“He will not exit quietly – or easily,” the author, self-described as a senior administration official, writes in A Warning, a book that builds on an explosive op-ed by the same unnamed author last year. USA TODAY obtained an early copy of the book.

“It is why at many turns he suggests ‘coups’ are afoot and a ‘civil war’ is in the offing. He is already seeding the narrative for his followers – a narrative that could end tragically.”

From ‘Anonymous’:Read key excerpts from inside Trump White House on Putin, Pence, Hillary

As the House of Representatives prepares to open public impeachment hearings Wednesday, the book also says that Trump ordered aides more than a year ago to pursue a “deliberate and coordinated campaign” to obstruct an impeachment inquiry and other congressional investigations. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has said he is considering obstruction of Congress as a possible Article of Impeachment.

The book’s author is identified only as “a senior official in the Trump administration,” and its forthcoming publication has created a firestorm over both its depiction of a dysfunctional president and the decision by the writer to remain anonymous.

Cover of "A Warning" by an anonymous senior Trump administration official.

“The coward who wrote this book didn’t put their name on it because it is nothing but lies,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

Many of the disclosures echo news stories that have portrayed the president as impulsive, sometimes uninformed and regularly willing to defy established norms. There is already no shortage of books by Trump critics, including former FBI director James Comey and others who have served in his administration, that raise questions about the president’s fitness for office.

But The New York Times op-ed in 2018 and the new book, being published next Tuesday by Twelve, have commanded enormous attention because the author had an inside view, often participating in small White House meetings where crucial decisions were made.

The author portrays himself or herself as sharing some policy views with Trump and initially having a positive if wary view of the possibilities of his presidency.

The author says the intended audience for A Warning isn’t those who closely follow politics but rather those who don’t, particularly voters from across the country who were drawn in 2016 to Trump’s promise to shake up the establishment.

Dropping Pence from the ticket?

The book says that Trump “on more than one occasion” discussed with staffers the possibility of dropping Vice President Mike Pence before the 2020 election.

“Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley was under active consideration to step in as vice president, which she did not discourage at first,” the author writes, saying some advisers argued that putting Haley on the ticket would help the president bolster his support among female voters.

In an interview Friday with USA TODAY, Nikki Haley dismissed out of hand the suggestion that she might replace Pence. In her new book, With All Due Respect, Haley offers a generally positive portrait of Trump, and the president rewarded her with a friendly tweet urging his millions of followers to buy a copy.

Pathway of impeachment:How it works, where we are

“Anonymous” depicts Trump as impatient, immoral, cruel, even dangerous as he rejects the limits placed on presidents by Congress and the courts.

As the 2018 midterm elections approached, the book says, the White House counsel’s office began to develop a “contingency plan” to shield the administration if Democrats gained control of Congress, and with that the ability to launch investigations and issue subpoenas. New lawyers were hired and internal procedures revamped, the author writes.

“The goal wasn’t just to prepare for a barrage of legislative requests,” the book says. “It was a concerted attempt to fend off congressional oversight. When Democrats finally took the House, the unspoken administration policy toward Capitol Hill became: Give as little as possible, wait as long as possible. Even routine inquiries are now routed to the lawyers, who have found unique ways to say “We can’t right now,” “Give us a few months,” “We’re going to need to put you on hold,” “Probably not,” “No,” and “Not a chance in hell.”

Trump impeachment inquiry:Early findings and how Republicans are opposing them

The author says the administration’s refusal to comply with congressional requests and even subpoenas “go beyond standard practice and have turned into a full block-and-tackle exercise against congressional investigators across an array of Trump administration controversies.”

On the president’s actions with Ukraine, now the heart of the impeachment inquiry, the author writes that the idea Trump was trying to battle corruption abroad – rather than gain some partisan political advantage at home – was “barely believable to anyone around him.”

But the book provides no significant new information or insights into that episode.

‘Get Out of Jail Free’ cards

The author’s agent, Matt Latimer, said the author didn’t take an advance payment for the book and plans to donate a substantial amount of the royalties to nonprofit organizations that encourage government accountability and an independent press.

Among other allegations, the book says:

  • Several top advisers and Cabinet-level officials last year discussed a mass resignation, “a midnight self-massacre,” intended to call attention to what they saw as Trump’s questionable and even corrupt behavior. “The idea was abandoned out of fear that it would make a bad situation worse.”
  • If a majority of the Cabinet called for Trump’s removal under the rules of the 25th Amendment, Pence would have been willing to go along with them. But the author provides no evidence to back up that assertion, and Pence in recent days has strongly denied it.
  • Trump told officials that, if they took illegal actions on his behalf, he would give them presidential pardons. “To Donald Trump, these are unlimited ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ cards on a Monopoly board.”
  • Trump was “particularly frustrated that the Justice Department hasn’t done more to harass the Clintons.” The president suggested to his first Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, that he might “un-recuse” himself from the Mueller inquiry into Russian election interference, presumably so he would feel free to order a more aggressive inquiry into Trump’s 2016 opponent. “You’d be a hero,” the president told him.

From the hospital, Bolsonaro calls Macron a liar again

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE BRAZILIAN NEWS AGENCY 247)

(Isn’t it amazing how a person who is known for being an habitual liar like Bolsonaro or Trump has the gall to call another person a liar!) 

From the hospital, Bolsonaro calls Macron a liar again

“Trump was the decisive person to contain Mr Macron in a corner, who was campaigning against Brazil over fake news, a lie. Those burnings unfortunately happen, but not by the proportion reported by the European press,” Bolsonaro said in an interview. this Monday to Record TV before leaving the hospital

247 – “Trump was the decisive one to hold you Macron in a corner, who was making a campaign against Brazil over a fake news, lie Those fires unfortunately occur, but not by the proportion released by the European press.” – said Bolsonaro in an interview this Monday with TV Record, before leaving the hospital.

The statements were made by Jair Bolsonaro announcing that he will make at the opening of the UN General Assembly an unusual “conciliatory” speech, reports The Globe . Bolsonaro fears that protests by heads of state will be held against his arrogant, rude, and extreme stances against the environment and indigenous peoples. During Monday, the federal government received signals that heads of state could even withdraw from the UN plenary when Bolsonaro spoke.

Bolsonaro said he would attend the UN next day and insisted on compliments to Trump, who he said restrained French President Emmanuel Macron.

The occupant of Planalto Palace again defended his son Eduardo’s appointment as ambassador to the United States, despite his lack of commitment to diplomatic activity. “If he is not my son, he will be someone’s son. A person who has freedom with President Doanld Trump’s family, so much so that a week ago he went to the United States and was received by President Donalt Trump. No one has ever known that. And the problem we had is solved – he said, referring to the burnings “.

Are White Christians In The U.S. Racists Devil Worshipers (Followers)???

Are White Christians In The U.S. Racists Devil Worshipers (Followers)???

 

Well, that is quite a headline, one I never ever thought that I would write. Is it the truth though? All I can say to that is that I hope not. But, there are millions of people in this Country who say they are Christians but whom have never ever read a Bible. This does not shock me as I know for a fact that there are even Preachers who do not believe that the Bible is the ‘Holy Spirit Inspired Word Of God.’ So, even for many folks who do go to church regularly they have little faith if any about what the Bible is telling us all. So, if the Preachers aren’t teaching the Word of God to the people who are sitting in the Pews and the people aren’t studying the Scriptures regularly to find out if what their Preacher is saying matches up with what the Scriptures are saying there is no wonder that knowledge is lacking among the ‘Christian Base.’

 

Now the reason that I am writing this letter to you today. A Christian lady who has a Christian Blog recently decided to not read any material that I put forth on this blog is because I said that I hate Donald Trump. Technically I didn’t use the word hate, I said that “I loathe Him.” Really what I loathe is the person that he is, not his very Soul. I hate a lot of what he says and I do hate a lot of his actions as well. The young lady of which I speak of said the following about Mr. Trump and I quote “I believe that he is a very good man.” I have heard that from quite a few people since the Electoral College put him into Office and everyone of those folks have been white folks who consider themselves to be Christians.

 

Don’t get me wrong I loathe the person that Hillary Clinton chooses to be also and I am neither a Democrat or a Republican. I only thought that Hillary was an habitual liar until Donald Trump started talking and Tweeting BECAUSE THIS MAN is in a category all by himself when it comes to lying. Before the Vote back in 2016 I felt that the only two real choices that we the people really were given was to vote for one of the two habitual liars, Hillary or Donald. But, I also said that the main difference in them was that one was a very smart habitual liar (Hillary) and the other was a habitual liar that was a total idiot (Donald) and wondered which one would be the worst for our Country. I guess that would still be up for debate unless somehow Hillary ever becomes a President. (Hopefully that will never happen).

 

Now lets talk about Mr. Trump for a moment as he is the subject matter behind the title of this letter. Often the media uses the term ‘Trumps Base’. What they are referring to are the lower educated white Christians, especially here in the south-eastern states. This view point is from an ‘independent’s’ view, neither Republican nor Democratic. To say or believe that Mr. Trump is not a racists person is beyond unbelievable and reaches into the realm idiotic. But on this subject I will say that this is just my opinion and is not a ‘Scriptural’ indictment of the man. But now lets talk about Mr. Trump being a habitual liar, the worse that I have ever seen, even worse than my biological dad which I hadn’t thought was possible.  My question to the ‘Christian’ people who seem to adore Mr. Trump is, since Jesus says that Satan is the Father of all Liars then how can a Christian fall in behind Mr. Trump’s wagon of lies and Spiritual crimes? I know that some folks have come back with answers like “well I’m not voting for Hillary, or for any other Democrat.” Okay, but now that you have to be fully aware of what a total liar Mr. Trump is how come you haven’t decided to impeach him and find another Republican to root for? Have you decided that Mr. Trump is the Republican Party? To follow after an habitual liar is in fact to fall inline behind the Devil Himself. What I am saying is that ‘we the people’ must hold these politicians accountable for their words and their actions, not matter what political party they hang their hat onto.  If we are to weak to do so then we deserve to lose all of our freedoms and then later our Soul’s also and that reality folks, is indeed what will happen.

Kamala Harris Lied about suing Exxon Mobil as California AG, She Didn’t

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Kamala Harris claimed she ‘sued Exxon Mobil’ as California AG. She didn’t.

Democratic presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at the CNN climate town hall on Sept. 4, 2019.

During a climate town hall on CNN this week, Democratic presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris vowed to take on Big Oil and other powerful interests when they “profit off of harmful behaviors” such as burning fossil fuels.

In answer to a direct question, she claimed she already did that as California’s attorney general.

“So, Senator Harris, what would you do? Would you sue them? Sue Exxon Mobil?” asked moderator Erin Burnett.

“I have sued Exxon Mobil,” Harris replied. 

Did she?

Environmental groups questioned her response.

We decided to fact check it.

Our research

We found Harris’ office investigated Exxon in 2016 over allegations it lied to the public and its shareholders about the risk to its business from climate change. The Los Angeles Times detailed that probe in a January 2016 news article. It said Exxon rejected the allegations.

But there’s no public record, and nothing that Harris’ campaign could provide, to show she filed a lawsuit against the company.

“The facts are Harris opened an investigation against Exxon for lying about climate change. She didn’t take that further even though she should have and other attorney generals did,” said Kassie Siegel, climate director at the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund. “She did bring some cases against oil companies. I’m not aware of a case that she actually brought against Exxon. And she didn’t bring the case against Exxon for lying about climate change.”

Ian Sams, a campaign spokesman for Harris, told us she “launched an investigation into Exxon,” but he would not directly address her claim that she sued the company.

He told The New York Times that, “as attorney general (Harris) sued Chevron, BP, Conoco-Phillips and Phillips 66 for pollution activities, helping win $50 million in settlements.” Sams provided PolitiFact California with links to articles and news releases supporting those actions.

In their own fact checks, the Times and CNN reported they found no evidence supporting Harris’ claim that she sued Exxon.

“As Cal AG, Harris opened a file shortly after the #ExxonKnew news broke in fall 2015. She never did anything with it,” RL Miller, chair of the California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus and president of the Climate Hawks Vote Super PAC, said on Twitter during the town hall.

Our rating

Sen. Kamala Harris claimed at a recent climate town hall that she “sued Exxon Mobil” as California attorney general.

She opened an investigation into the oil giant over allegations it was lying to the public and its shareholders about climate change. But there’s no public evidence, or any from her campaign, that she ever filed a lawsuit against the company.

Harris did sue other oil companies and win settlements over allegations they violated various state laws governing hazardous materials, according to information provided by her campaign. But none of that includes a lawsuit against Exxon.

Harris clearly tangled with Big Oil as California AG. There’s just no record she sued one of the industry’s biggest companies, Exxon.

We rate her claim False.


FALSE – The statement is not accurate.

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(Philosophy Poem) Following Foolish Leaders With Lying Tongues

Following Foolish Leaders With Lying Tongues

 

Perverse thoughts separates all people from their God

God’s words expose both the words and ways of the foolish

Wisdom will not enter into a Soul that is by their words deceitful

The Spirit of the Lord will not abide with one with an evil mouth

He will leave the foolish thoughts with evil body and Soul behind

 

God is witness of the innermost feelings and thoughts of the Soul

The Spirit tests their hearts and hears the words of their minds

Those who utter unrighteous things will not escape punishment

Keep your tongue and your heart far from the thoughts of evil

For a Leader who lies with their mouth has a Demon for a Soul

 

The ungodly by their words and ways do summon their own death

They have pinned a Will with Hades to bring many with them to the Pit

The Foolish think that at death their Spirit dissolves into the empty air

Only the Foolish take their fill of riches and steal from the poor and Widows

Even the sight of a Righteous Person is a burden to the Soul of the Evil

They who follow Lying Tongues do walk themselves into the Belly of Hell

 

(I got the idea for this poem from the Apocrypha Book of The Wisdom Of Solomon in the first two chapters)

This is also a salute to Donald Trump.

 

 

5 Lies You Were Taught About the Earth

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRAVEL TRIVIA)

 

5 Lies You Were Taught About the Earth

When it comes to our home planet, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. For instance, in spite of what you may have heard in history or science class, it’s not, in fact, possible to see the Great Wall of China from outer space.

And that’s not the only common misconception about Earth. Here are some of the biggest lies you were probably taught about Earth.

Columbus Discovered That the Earth Is Round

An old model ship
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You’ve probably heard the famous “in fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” poem. As the legend goes, against all odds, Christopher Columbus headed out on a voyage to East Asia by heading west instead of east from Europe. The monarchy (who funded the trip) was worried that Columbus would never return because, of course, Earth was a big flat pancake and he might fall off.

Even by the 1400s, flat Earth theories had already been debunked, and the orb shape was already accepted after being proposed by Pythagoras thousands of years before. In fact, the voyage was plotted out based on the fact that the Earth was round! Coming upon America was a surprise, however.

You Can See The Great Wall of China From Space

The Great Wall of China
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It makes for a great story: Way up from outer space, astronauts can gaze upon the Great Wall of China. We hate to tell you, this not true.

While the wall may be great, according to NASA, it’s less visible than you might think from outer space. In fact, Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei reported that he wasn’t able to see the structure from space. Other astronauts have reported that it’s barely visible with a telephoto lens but not to the naked eye.

However, there’s still some good news for astro-followers: Certain landmarks, like cities and major reservoirs, are visible from space.

Earth Is Closer to The Sun in Summer

The sun rising above Earth in outer space
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It seems like sound logic: it’s hotter in the summer because the Earth is closer to the sun at that time of year, right? Sorry, but no.

Consider this. If that were the case, how could it be summer in the southern hemisphere at the same time it’s winter in the northern hemisphere?

While it’s a little harder to wrap your mind around, it’s all based on the angle of the Earth. The Earth tilts, and its axis can vary throughout the course of its cycle. This is what causes the difference in seasons. A greater tilt means hotter summers and colder winters.

A Compass Always Points Due North

A compass sitting on a rock
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If you trust movies and TV, then you’re apt to think that a compass will always point due north. However, this isn’t quite the case. A compass points to the magnetic north. This is an important distinction because the magnetic pole changes based on activity in the Earth’s core.

That’s right: the magnetic pole that attracts all compasses is a moving target. It has been moving rapidly in recent years — as much as 30 or more miles per year. So be sure to take your compass reading with a grain of salt!

Deserts Are Always Hot

A desert landscape in Joshua Tree National Park
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While the term “desert” probably makes you think of miles of sand and heat-induced mirages, deserts are not always hot.

A desert is considered any place that receives less than 10 inches of rain per year. This isn’t limited to hot places. For example, many of the polar regions of the world could be considered deserts because they don’t get much precipitation.

Doesn’t it feel good to unearth (get it?) the truth? There are plenty of misconceptions about the planet that we call home. But as time goes on and we learn more, we’re correcting these long-held, so-called “truths.”

5 biggest lies you were told about George Washington

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRIVIA GENIUS)

 

History

5 biggest lies you were told about George Washington

Being the first President of the United States puts one in the spotlight, and with such notoriety comes an abundance of rumors and lies. There are sure to be many tall tales told of Founding Father and political pioneer George Washington. The leading political figure of the 18th century had quite an intriguing life, but that didn’t stop some from trying to embellish on or completely fabricate parts of it.

The following alleged facts about George Washington are quite the opposite. They’re stories passed down from one generation to the next, anecdotes that may be fun to talk about but have no real historical value.

He chopped down a cherry tree

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“Father, I cannot tell a lie.” These were the alleged words of a young George Washington to his father regarding a damaged cherry tree. According to the legend, Washington took a newly-received hatchet to his father’s tree and damaged it. When confronted, the young boy fessed up for his wrongdoing and earned the praise and respect of his father.

Ironically, Washington’s inability to bend the truth stems from a made-up story by Mason Locke Weems, author of “The Life of Washington.” Wanting to profit off of Washington’s popularity after his death, Weems wrote the biography. By its fifth edition, the myth of the cherry tree was included to give a glimpse into Washington’s virtues and depict him as the ideal role model.

His teeth were made of wood

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Being from the 18th century, it’s not unfathomable to think that George Washington would have poor oral hygiene by today’s standards. In fact, it’s known that his teeth weren’t the kind many dentists would take credit for. Plagued with dental issues in his adult life, Washington started to lose teeth in his twenties.

While he was forced to wear dentures, they weren’t, as many believe, made of wood. Instead, they were a mix of human teeth, metal fasteners, and hippopotamus ivory. While closer in appearance to real teeth than wood, early dentures were a far cry from the modern implements used today. Not only were they painful to wear, but their appearance also wasn’t quite as clean.

He’s buried within a crypt beneath the U.S. Capitol

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Unlike many of the lies told about the first president of the United States, this one is rooted in a little bit of truth. On December 23, 1799, the House and Senate decided that, with the permission of his family, the body of George Washington would be buried under a marble memorial at the United States Capitol. Martha Washington agreed, despite the president’s wish to be buried in Mount Vernon.

As with many things, cost became a factor in delaying the construction of the monument. Despite the wishes of representatives and senators, Washington’s body remained at his plantation, Mount Vernon. In 1832, another attempt was made to relocate the body, but Mount Vernon’s owner, John A. Washington II, refused to disturb his ancestor. While some may still claim he’s buried beneath the capitol, George Washington is resting peacefully at Mount Vernon.

He was a sound military leader

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As revered as George Washington is, the praise for his military leadership may not be quite as founded in reality. It’s easy to get caught up in the romanticism of Washington as a victorious general, but his track record on the battlefield tells a different story.

In fact, it was Washington who outed his own inexperience of military leadership. Speaking with Congress on the night before the New York campaign of 1776, Washington noted his “limited and contracted knowledge” of military operations. On multiple occasions, his inability to make quick decisions caused significant losses, specifically at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 and the loss of Fort Washington on Manhattan Island.

In 1796, American pamphleteer Thomas Paine published a “Letter to George Washington.” Within the document, he claimed that Washington’s achievements were erroneous. According to Paine, many of the president’s achievements belonged to Generals Nathanael Greene and Horatio Gates.

He lived in the White House

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Today, it’s common knowledge that the President of the United States lives in the White House. That may be why so many are adamant that George Washington was one of the many that called this structure home. Logic may dictate the notion, but the timeline of the White House’s construction completely shuts it down.

George Washington was president from 1789 to 1797. Plans for the original president’s house didn’t surface until 1790, and a builder wasn’t selected until 1792. During much of Washington’s presidency, the White House was under construction, and it wasn’t until 1800 that John and Abigail Adams moved in as the first residents.

The truth about George

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George Washington’s reputation has reached mythic proportions over the years, and not all the stories about him are true. His achievements are undeniable—but as far as national heroes go, even he had his limits. And regardless of their truth, these stories are iconic, and just about impossible to separate from the man’s legacy.

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