Absurd claims about cost of security for Trump’s family in NYC challenged by who?

Absurd claims about cost of security for Trump’s family in NYC challenged by who?
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That mooing you hear is the cows coming home. Reports are also filtering up from hell, which is currently experiencing unusually frigid weather.

But I’m getting ahead of myself: Way back when the results of the presidential election were brand new and liberals were still in the denial phase of the grieving process, CNN ran an article that claimed security for then President-elect Donald Trump and his family would cost New York City more than $1 million a day. The article quotes Mayor Bill de Blasio and cites John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, but nowhere does it explain or break down the $1 million estimate.

Several days ago, The New York Times worried in print that Trump might make good on his promise to cut off federal grant money to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Both of these bits of sobering news are said to have informed a tweet by Ryan Chapman, marketing director for BOMB magazine, who wrote:

A fact check of the tweet finds it to be “unproven.” And the source of the fact check? It’s Snopes! You read right. The reliably left-leaning Snopes, one of the websites hired by Facebook to help it weed out “fake news,” has challenged a liberal lie. Granted the site rules the tweet “Unproven,” not “False,” but give Snopes credit for baby steps. Maybe the site is turning honest.

Stranger things have happened.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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