President Trump's most recent less-than-truth may just be willful ignorance at this point.
Trump keeps noting that he carried Wisconsin in the 2016 election, claiming he achieved a feat not even former President Ronald Reagan could. He made the false claim for a third time as he left the NATO summit Thursday, per The Washington Post: "One of the states we won — Wisconsin — I didn't realize this until fairly recently, that was the one state that Ronald Reagan didn't win when he ran the board his second time," Trump boasted. "He didn't win Wisconsin, and we won Wisconsin."
The president is trying say he won the single state Reagan lost in the 1984 election, but a simple Google search would help Trump get his facts straight. Reagan dominated Wisconsin in both 1980 and 1984, only losing one state the second time around: Wisconsin's next-door neighbor, Minnesota. (Trump lost Minnesota too in 2016.)
Trump's falsity was a bit bigger during its second appearance at a Montana rally last week, the Post points out. "I won Wisconsin, first time since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952," Trump said at the rally, even though Republicans have won Wisconsin six times since. Eisenhower did it himself in 1956. Kathryn Krawczyk
GOP Senate candidate claims 'cultural elites, Hollywood, and the media' are responsible for human trafficking
A potential challenger to Missouri's Democratic incumbent senator, Claire McCaskill (Mo.), erroneously claimed in December that human trafficking can be traced back to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, The Kansas City Star reports. Although the sexual revolution dramatically shifted America's moral attitudes about premarital sex, contraception, nudity, and the expression of sexuality, experts have not linked it to a "human trafficking crisis," as Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley suggested at a "Pastors and Pews" event.
As Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, an expert on the subject and the author of Hidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millennium, noted: "I have a brothel guide from 1908."
Nevertheless, Hawley argued: "Our culture has completely lost its way. The sexual revolution has led to exploitation of women on a scale that we would never have imagined, never have imagined." Hawley further claimed: "You know what I'm talking about, the 1960s, 1970s, it became commonplace in our culture among our cultural elites, Hollywood, and the media, to talk about, to denigrate the biblical truth about husband and wife, man and woman."
Upon hearing about Hawley's comments, Austin Petersen — another Republican candidate vying to run against McCaskill — told The Kansas City Star that "it would … be great if GOP Senate candidates could stop writing Claire's attack ads and fundraising emails for her."
Mehlman-Orozco additionally clarified that there is "absolutely no empirical evidence or research to suggest there was any uptick in human trafficking in the 1960s or '70s or that that's when it started." Read more about Hawley's comments at The Kansas City Star. Jeva Lange