“My grandparents were proud immigrants to the United States of America, here to Illinois in the late 1800s,” Rauner said. “My grandparents did not speak English when they were young.” […]
More recently, when Rauner was interviewed in June 2017 by the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University, he again talked of his grandfather. “He was my best buddy growing up. He was an immigrant, didn’t speak much English. He spoke Swedish,” Rauner said.
And he also said this on Aug. 11, 2017, in an interview with Bret Baier on the Fox News Channel: “Illinois is a state built by immigrants. My grandparents were immigrants.” […]
Records from U.S. Censuses taken between 1910 and 1940, the latest year publicly available, clearly show that both of Rauner’s maternal grandparents were born in Wisconsin — Clarence Erickson in 1901 and Viola Erickson (nee Wedin) in 1900. In other words, neither of them were immigrants. […]
Census records and Rauner’s own admission show that this statement has no credibility. That is why it earns our lowest possible rating, Pants On Fire.
* Well, Gov. Rauner received the 2017 Person of the Year Award from the United Hellenic Voters Association yesterday. The full video of the banquet speeches is here.
It is beyond strange. It is not like he has not been called out on this. Also is such a minor issue. In all seriousness maybe he does have a problem almost pathological. I am not trying to slam him there are lots of issues that I disagree with. But this constant fabrication is really weird
I’m good with calling out this lie because it’s weird and he should stop saying that, but would love a little more attention to go toward calling out his absurd campaign claims of fighting for things he literally tried to destroy, like, oh I don’t know, public education and the economy.
It’s been evident and chronic since he first hit the campaign trail. See Aaron Schock, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, and Dan Rutherford on those dark-money negative spots Rauner claimed he had nothing to do with.
How do you work with a guy like that? Go out on a limb with his “support,” and he’ll saw it off. See Sen. Radogno and the “grand compromise.”
How do you trust him to keep his word? See Rep. Ives comments on the other thread.
So did his *great* grandparents come from Sweden 120 years ago? The timeline sure makes more sense if it’s one or both of his great grandparents than his grandparents being the direct immigrants. I guess I am trying to understand how that if the Sweden immigrant thing is true–other than just off by a generation –though being strange and hard to reconcile his propensity to mis-speak about them, does it really change the idea enough that he has Swedish immigrant ancestors who spoke Swedish to be a “pants on fire” issue?
There is a clinical term for someone who lies if it suits his ends in the moment. These individuals are dangerous. They hurt other people. It fits Rauner to a T(rump).
Recall, he started off on election night 2014 with a lie.
No small part of Rauner’s ability to get ahead, imo, is his willingness to do and say things that other people, due to morals and regard for others, will not.
We have a president who has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over the first 263 days of his presidency. His chief of staff, John Kelly, held a press conference to defend Trump after he was criticized for his response to Sgt. La David Johnson’s death. Kelly offered 20 lies and misstatements in 5 minutes.
The scale and pathology of the deceit is new and the problem is disproportionately (though not exclusively) a Republican one.
And when he was 12, Sonny Barger made him his 2nd in command of Hells Angels, Oakland Charter. Bruce was on the wharf awaiting his grandparents’ arrival, and Sonny was awestruck by the cut of his jib. And the cereal box prize buttons festooned on his mini-vest.
Unless I’m missing something, wouldn’t Rauner have two sets of grandparents? If his mother’s side was born in Wisconsin…that doesn’t prove he is lying. Where were his paternal grandparents born? Or did he specifically mention maternal grandparents?
Here is a novel idea… how about the local news media call Rauner out for his obvious falsehoods? Rich Miller does a good job of pointing these blatant lies out and I am sure there are many news media types who read and get their info from this site. Do your job, news people. Sheesh
I’m proud of my Norsk heritage, but I draw the line on gelatinized fish marinated in lye. I avoid all lye-based edibles.
- DesperateForAStory - Wednesday, Oct 25, 17 @ 2:50 pm:
With all of this “how could someone keep lying after being fact checked,” you’d think at least one person would realize he (perhaps incorrectly) uses the term “grandparents” to mean his genetic progenitors pre-conceiving his parents. Or, you can keep campaigning on the sad platform that he’s lying by claiming his grandparents lived the lives of (and had relationships with him actually held by) his great grandparents. “Rauner claims his grandparents were immigrants! Wrong, their parents were.” “Rauner claims his grandparents came to this country in the late 1800’s before they were born! Wrong, their parents did.”