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As Donald Trump's fraudulence is constant, Ryan Walters' lies are neverending
The difference between Ryan Walters and Donald Trump?
It’s supposition, but more than you might think.
For instance, I’d be shocked if Walters had a one-night-stand with a porn star soon after his wife gave birth to their son.
I seriously doubt Walters ever buddied up to somebody as despicable as, say, Jeffrey Epstein.
For that matter, though Walters’ malfeasance with state money appears to have cost Oklahoma, oh, let’s go with “millions” of dollars — at least $1.7 million in misspent federally allocated funds according to state auditor Cindy Byrd — it’s still minor league in comparison to the former president, who’s bilked multiples of that figure from supporters to pay his legal fees alone.
That and Walters, far as we know, never exchanged love letters with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, nor agreed with Vladimir Putin over U.S. national security and intelligence experts, at least not in a press conference seen round the world.
He’s probably never blackmailed, nor begged another country, or state, into digging up dirt on a political rival.
So, as horrendous as the former president so clearly is, and despite Walters loving the guy, can’t wait to vote for the guy and likes to toss out the guy’s Cornhusker red baseball caps, it appears he’s still not repeated that guy’s worsts moments.
One thing, though, brings them together.
Long before the indictments began piling up on Trump, I had the same thought: about how he wriggles his way out of everything; about how he destroys every cultural and political norm and his party stands with him; how he’s appeared to commit so many illegalities in broad daylight, yet the system has no way to contain him in real time.
Trump’s time in and out of office confirms it.
All you can hope for is to find prosecutors who leave no stone unturned, go where the facts take them and years and months later bring it to the people, the courts, the country.
Indeed, the great thing about Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ late Monday night indictment of Trump and 18 co-conspirators for attempting to reverse his presidential election loss in Georgia is that it covers everything, every step of the conspiracy and every perpetrator.
For a period, dang near everything Trump and his enablers did, so says the evidence, was criminal and it’s all right there.
Even if it’s just 98 pages of accusations yet to be proved, it’s all there in one place, starring Trump and a list of cronies who decided they were too smart for our federal and state laws, the U.S. Constitution and America its ownself.
Which brings us back to Walters.
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I don’t know how many laws he’s broken. Probably a few.
But it’s about his presentation of himself, why he’s doing what he’s doing, from the self-fulfilling fake outrage over non-existent threats and pornography he can’t find, to his answers to legislators and his foaming, sky-is-falling, rhetoric and tweets.
It’s all lies.
It’s all lies.
But like Trump, it’s hard to catch him in a perfect lie, one so startlingly shockingly beyond all of the regular lies he tells.
Like, to date, nobody’s unearthed a secret recording of Walters trashing “Mom’s For Liberty,” as a pawn in his political schemes.
Also, like Trump, whose actions and schemes are in play all day every day, Walters’ lying yaps come at the same constant every-day pace and here’s one of the latest:
In an Aug. 2 Twitter video from his SUV, Walters accused Tulsa Public Schools — of which he’s trying to destroy, arrest control or traumatically use as a foil to keep getting invited on Fox News — of accepting Chinese money.
“You have communist China that is giving money to Tulsa Public Schools in order to try to undermine our United States government, our country. It’s unbelievable,” he said.
Walters being Walters?
Perhaps, but another lie.
As reported by NonDoc’s Bennett Brinkman Aug. 8, Walters went back to the well three days later at a “Moms for Liberty” event.
“They funneled it through a nonprofit. I mean, money-laundered it through a nonprofit in Texas,” he said.
In fact, the Tulsa World had already cleared it up.
What actually happened was, on July 10, Tulsa Public Schools renewed an agreement with International Leadership of Texas, a non-profit, to “allow the Chinese language teacher at Booker T. Washington High School to participate in supplemental professional development sessions provided through its Confucius Classroom Coordination Office.”
As the story went on to point out, Confucius Classroom comes from a non-governmental organization, but with sponsorship from China’s education ministry. TheWorld also reported that, not now, but three years ago, the program did happen came from a Chines government office.
Back to Walters.
“You have communist China that is giving money to Tulsa Public Schools in order to try to undermine our United States government — our country. It’s unbelievable.”
No longer is it directly from the government, but China’s trying to “undermine” our federal government with a Chinese language program?
Where would Walters want a Chinese language program to come from, France?
The lie began in his car. It moved on to “Moms for Liberty.” It got reported in the media as though he was serious and meant it. And numbskulls will pick it up and, because they’re numbskulls, run with it.
But it’s still a lie.
Did you catch the throwaway lie?
“I mean, money laundered through a non-profit in Texas.”
Even Walters can grasp actual money-laundering and that’s not it and he knows it.
Lies, lies and more lies.
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It’s the same when he or his quote, “top,” unquote, adviser — but really propagandist — Matt Langston, tries running from the $1.7 million misspent federally allocated GEER funds Walters administrated through ClassWallet while heading Every Kid Counts Oklahoma, a six-figure salaried job he kept even after Governor Kevin Stitt made him his education secretary.
They keep saying, as does Stitt, that ClassWallet’s at fault, that state attorney general Gentner Drummond should have let the lawsuit filed by his predecessor against ClassWallet continue.
They know it’s not ClassWallet’s fault.
Byrd’s audit showed Walters was the one who allowed appliances and whatnot, rather than educational equipment, be purchased through the vendor.
Drummond has already told us “state actors” are to blame for the fiasco and has raised the possibility of criminal charges and none other than the FBI has been confirmed by both NonDoc and The Oklahoman to be on the case.
Walters and Langston know they’re running interference and nothing more.
When Walters comes after Critical Race Theory, what he’s really trying to do is lie about American history, that race has not necessarily played a role, even in, for crying out loud, the Tulsa Race Massacre.
When he calls teachers unions terrorist organizations, he knows it’s not true. They’re not setting off car bombs, suicide jackets or conducting mass shootings.
Walters is lying.
Obfuscating in front of state legislators?
When he said “Teachers Unions want to take the Constitution and Bible out of schools and replace them with Gender Queer and Flamer.”
When he claimed he’d responded to more open records requests in six months than Joy Hofmeister her entire second term as state superintendent?
He’s in it for affect, for himself and it’s dangerous.
Rather than telling the truth, Walters instead seeks out positions he can sell as true, demonizing real people along the way while knowing what he’s saying isn’t remotely true.
“I want to put this gentleman in a box,” state rep Mark McBride (R-Moore) once said. “I want to focus on public education instead of his crazy destruction of public education.”
It was great when he said it, but it appears McBride had it wrong. Because it’s exactly Walters’ crazy destruction of public education that needs addressing.
How does he do it?
All the time.