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Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker, previewing the upcoming presidential debates, warned that Democratic nominee Joe Biden may struggle to pull off his promise of real-time fact-checks of his opponent because President Donald Trump so shamelessly traffics in misinformation and lies.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, Parker discussed Tuesday night’s ABC News town hall, where Trump repeatedly repeatedly offered misleading answers on his administration’s healthcare policy, directly contradicted his own, taped comments about the Covid-19 virus to Bob Woodward, and cast doubt on the public health efficacy of masks by citing “waiters” who have futzed with their face coverings while serving him.

“It’s jarring,” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace noted, “when he turns the denial, the lies, the inability to understand the perspective of anyone questioning him on to an undecided voter at a town hall talk about those those deficiencies were revealed anew last night.”

“Well, you had a town hall where you can go answer by answer, but was incredibly misleading with just about everything he said, right? It required a sort of speed fact-check to keep up,” Parker said. “The president encountered a lot of Americans dealing with pain and was not particularly empathic last night. The flip side is when you have a president who repeatedly, as this one does, does so many false, misleading things, some of them downright lies, it is very, very, very hard to fact check him.”

“That’s going to be a challenge for Joe Biden during those debates for real-time fact checks,” Parker added, noting that social science research has found debunking a lie can often inadvertently amplify it. “When someone repeats a lie or a falsehood, it becomes true in these sort of Stephen Colbert ‘truthiness’-version of the word even if people know it’s false, on  a gut level it kind of feels true and even people who know it’s false, morally, they feel more comfortable passing it along. So ff you are shameless like the president and willing to talk to everyday voters and misrepresent your record and misrepresent your opponent’s record and outright lie, that gives you perverse political advantage in certain ways.”

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Capt. Sully blasts Trumps lethal lies and incompetence in new Vote Him Out ad

Air Force veteran and famed US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III continues to push for President Donald Trump to be voted out of office in a new ad in which he says Americans have been called “to this moment” to “overcome his attacks on our very democracy.”

For an ad produced by the Lincoln Project, Sullenberger draws on his father’s World War II lessons in leadership and his own 53-year career as a pilot, “making flights you never heard about and one everyone heard about,” to denounce Trump’s record as president.

“I knew serving causes greater than one self is the highest calling, and it’s in that highest calling of leadership that Donald Trump has failed us so miserably,” the former Danville resident said.  “Now it’s up to us to overcome his attacks on our very democracy, knowing nearly a quarter millions Americans won’t have a voice, casualties of his lethal lies and incompetence.”

11 years ago, Sully was called for his moment. Now, we are all called to this moment.

Join Sully in regaining control of this nations destiny by voting Donald Trump out.

In partnership with @votevets.

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 29, 2020

The flight “everyone heard about” is when Sullenberger famously landed a jetliner on the Hudson River in 2009 after it hit a flock of geese and became disabled. The “casualties” he references are the American deaths from the coronavirus.

The Lincoln Project, an American political action committee formed by current and former anti-Trump Republicans, has produced other ads, including one called “Failure,” that criticized the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sullenberger’s participation in The Lincoln Project ad comes several weeks after he posted a series of tweets urging Americans to send Trump packing in November. Sullenberger’s tweets, in turn, came the day after the Atlantic magazine reported that Trump derided American service members killed in action as “losers” and “suckers.”

1/9 I am a veteran. I volunteered for military service during wartime. So did my father. His generation saved the world from fascism.

— Sully Sullenberger (@Captsully) September 4, 2020

“For the first time in American history,” Sullenberger said in a tweet thread, “a president has repeatedly shown utter and vulgar contempt and disrespect for those who have served and died serving our country.”

“We owe it not only to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, but to ourselves and to succeeding generations to vote him out,” Sullenberger said in the thread.

Sullenberger first spoke out against Trump, without naming him, during the 2018 mid-term elections when he penned an op-ed for the Washington Post. He described himself as someone who had been a registered Republican for much of his adult life. But he wrote, “I have always voted as an American” and denounced other Republicans — again without naming them — who have been “cowardly” and enabled Trump.

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“We cannot wait for someone to save us. We must do it ourselves,” Sullenberger wrote. He urged Americans to vote on election day for leaders “who are committed to the values that will unite and protect us.”

In the new Lincoln Project ad, Sullenberger didn’t hold back from naming Trump as he said something similar about Americans needing to step up and exercise control by voting on election day.

“Eleven years ago, I was called to my moment,” he said in the ad. “Now we’re called to this moment. When you look down at our beautiful, boundless country, you don’t see political divisions.

“It reminds of us of who we are and what we can be,” Sullenberger continued. “That we are in control of this nation’s destiny. All we have to do is vote him out.”

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