February 22, 2017

Tammy Baldwin’s Growing Problem With The Truth

Senator Tammy Baldwin clearly has a Hillary Clinton-level problem with the truth. In February alone Senator Tammy Baldwin has racked up an impressive collection of falsehoods and flip-flops as judged by the Washington Post and Politifact. Baldwin has been called out four separate times.

Two of Baldwin’s four falsehoods related to the ongoing Supreme Court fight. First, Baldwin earned Two Pinocchios from the Washington Post for her lie that there is a 60 vote standard for Supreme Court nominees:

“Democrats continue to be slippery with their language. Sixty votes is not ‘a standard’ for Supreme Court confirmations, as two of the current justices on the court did not meet that supposed standard to get on the court. Baldwin earns Two Pinocchios.”

Senator Baldwin was also given a “Full Flop” by Politifact because her calls for obstructing Judge Gorsuch’s nomination are clearly contradicted by past statements she made:

“When Baldwin’s party put forth a Supreme Court nominee, she advocated for a ‘timely vote’ and an ‘up or down vote.’ A common-sense interpretation is that she wanted a final nomination vote, where passing meant being approved by the Senate.But now that Baldwin is in the minority and facing a Republican nominee, she is supporting a filibuster that creates a roadblock to reaching that final vote. Her claim to ‘support’ a cloture vote makes no sense since that isn’t up to her party — cloture would be pushed by Republicans and is only needed if Baldwin and other Democrats pursue a filibuster.And that cloture vote would only advance the process, not result in a final decision on Gorsuch.That’s what we call a Full Flop.”

Baldwin’s facts problem has also extended to statements falsely maligning Republicans’ character. PolitiFact gave Baldwin a “Mostly False” for her claim that Republicans were trying to take away health care from Americans:

“Baldwin said that Republicans are ‘organizing to take people’s health care away’… Prominent congressional Republicans — and Trump — have repeatedly said they intend to propose alternative legislation that would aim to give all people access to health care. For a statement that contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, we rate Baldwin’s statement Mostly False.”

Finally, Baldwin falsehood about Secretary Rex Tillerson’s compensation received a “Mostly False” from Politifact:

“Baldwin says Tillerson got a ‘government service golden parachute’ payment of $180 million ‘from Exxon Mobil that he would have to forfeit had he taken a job elsewhere’… He would almost certainly have been in line to receive it even if he had taken a different job, as long as it wasn’t with an Exxon Mobil competitor. For a statement that has an element of truth but leaves out critical facts that would give a different impression, our rating is Mostly False.”

Four bad fact checks in a single month, and the month isn’t even over yet. Baldwin is clearly on a historic pace for lies. With Baldwin’s re-election coming up, Wisconsin voters are sure to notice that Baldwin’s words are often not connected with the facts.