After another series of attacks by President Donald Trump against the 17 agencies and organizations of the United States Intelligence community, politicians, pundits and even people outside the government questioned the implications of a President who disregards the evidence and advice of intelligence experts any time they contradict his rhetoric and false claims.
California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu offered some guidance to the President over reliable and unreliable sources of information.
He posted on Twitter:
“Dear [President of the United States]: Many people say you get your facts from fictional sources. We are concerned you may not understand the difference between our intelligence agencies and movies/entertainment shows. Here is a memo that explains the difference.”
Dear @POTUS: Many people say you get your facts from fictional sources. We are concerned you may not understand the difference between our intelligence agencies and movies/entertainment shows. Here is a memo that explains the difference. pic.twitter.com/Fsy3vzEaQj
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) January 31, 2019
In the memo, Lieu cited the FBI, CIA and NSA as reliable and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the film Sicario as unreliable. The reference to Sicario is based on the President’s repeated citing of scenes from the film as the reality of human trafficking despite no actual documented cases to match.
Did he really try using Sicario? Like he honestly, factually tried using a movie?
— Agent of Resistance (@PA_MI_Resistor) January 31, 2019
Yes, he did. He described, scene by scene, part of Sicario and said that was happening at the border – women taped, etc.. No evidence, no facts, but exactly from Sicario. Coincidence? ha! https://t.co/bo1yOCZvEK
— Sherry Baker (@Sherstar) January 31, 2019
Here’s the memo.
People found the memo hilarious and sad in equal measure.
This is hilarious. And yet, not.
— Devin Hermanson (@devinher) January 31, 2019
He walks in the Tao of Twitter
— BigSky (@Bigsky1889) January 31, 2019
This can be made in Photoshop and a couple of Google searches in under 10 minutes. Settle down.
— Mark (@McLovinSJ) January 31, 2019
One of his interns can do this for him in 0.1seconds so Crakeur really needs to settle down.
— ÄⓛⓦⓐⓨⓩÏⓕⓨ™ (@AlwayzIfy) January 31, 2019
— eastcoastcheesehead (@e_c_cheesehead) January 31, 2019
You’re really good at this shade game. I love it.
— (@PeachyKnitter62) January 31, 2019
Brilliant! With pictures so it’s easy to understand for @realDonaldTrump
— Jen brennan (@funkypants70) January 31, 2019
— Aceysmommy (@Aceysmommy14) January 31, 2019
Ted Lieu tweeting FIRE!!! pic.twitter.com/aN3tNMoppI
— Jason [REDACTED] (@Nor_Cal_Jason) January 31, 2019
Although some Trump supporters/conspiracy theory advocates felt Putin and a Hollywood film were more reliable than the CIA.
It’s hilarious and sad that a congressman actually believes the CIA who has been overthrowing governments in Latin America and the Middle East for the last 50 years to benefit oil companies and military contractors. You should really read “Confessions of An Economic Hitman”
— Tom Binnz (@TomBinnz) January 31, 2019
However they were quickly corrected.