…and unicorns in uniforms will serve you Reid tea. I wrote about Republican lawmakers lying to constituents about the myth of the Vegas-LA HSR line earlier, and although the stimulus has since passed (not containing, nor did it ever contain any provision for HSR between California and Nevada), wingnut mouthpieces continue to straight lie to the American people about it. Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) perpetrated the lie blatantly yesterday in a conversation aired on Fox News (h/t Benen):
KELLY: It’s a super railroad, of sorts — a line that will deliver customers straight from Disney, we kid you not, to the doorstep of the moonlight bunny ranch brothel in Nevada. I say, to the moonlight Bunny Ranch brothel in Nevada. So should your tax dollars be paying for these kinds of projects? […]
FRANKS: The majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid has fought for this publicly and is committed to this project, even in the face of criticism…. If this is something that is truly the priority of the majority leader of the US senate, it’s pretty late in the day, Megyn.
I say again: there was no such item in the stimulus package, nor was there ever any such item in the stimulus package. Harry Reid did not support any such
project, publicly or privately, because it did not exist. There was $8bn in the package for HSR, but it was not attached to any specific location, and Reid has never said a peep about using that money to bring HSR to Vegas. Say what you will about Fox News’ obvious slant and commentary; it’s a for-profit organization that has found its money making niche in right-wing editorialism and blowhardation. But when a “reporter” and a fucking Congressional Representative use the channel to intentionally confuse and mislead Americans under the guise of “news”? That’s too far, and I’m sick of this Republican moral repugnance.