Lying has always been a part of politics. But what we’re seeing today is extreme. Politicians’ falsehoods, eagerly parroted by celebrities, are aided by a media that, rather than acting as an impartial referee, has become an agency for Democrats and the political left. Here are the top three whoppers since President Trump took office that those sick with Trump Derangement Syndrome just won’t let go of.
Trump’s Supporters Are Racist
“Trump is, without question, a racist,” a senior writer at The Root named Michael Harriot, who identifies himself on his Twitter account as a “master race-baiter,” wrote recently in that publication. “And so are his supporters. Not some of them. All of them.” (Emphasis added by Harriot.)
On Sunday, the day President Trump posted his “go back home” tweet aimed at The Squad, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, one of the president’s targets, tweeted “Trump is a racist. If you still support him, so are you.”
A couple of months ago, a cable news exchange between CNN anchor John Berman and activist Michaela Angela Davis went this way:
Davis: I think it’s important we don’t make Trump seem this untouchable thing … that no one gets to be Trump but Trump. Tens of millions of people voted for him after he showed his cards for years.
Berman: But are you suggesting that they’re racist …
Davis: Absolutely yes. Yes.
Berman: All the people that voted for Donald Trump are racist?
These charges are untrue on their face. If they were true, there would be nearly 63 million (Trump’s 2016 vote total) racists in this country. Or maybe more. Roughly 46% of the voters marked their ballots for Trump. If that share of voters represents the portion of Americans who support Trump, there are more than 150 million racists in the U.S. If either of these reflected reality, we would be in a race war. The same would be true if only 10% of Trump voters were racist. The violence would be daily and widespread. The Klan would ride again.
Yet, as many have pointed out, racism and racists have become marginalized in this country, almost to the point of nonexistence. Racism is so rare that people are faking hate crimes to support the narrative.
Earlier this year, Powerline’s Steven Hayward noted that someone had “pointed out in the aftermath of Jussie Smollett hoax, the demand for racism now exceeds the supply, so we have to resort to made-up racism to satisfy the demand for leftists to feel outraged and indignant.”
And to be able to justify their deranged hatred of Trump.
Putting Kids In Cages Was Trump’s Idea
These have has been around for some time and they won’t die, though they’ve been debunked several times. So here we try again. While the truth is still pulling on its boots, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed Trump is “throwing” migrant children “in cages.”
Meanwhile, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has “called for federal authorities to face child abuse charges for the way they treated migrants.”
Now for the truth:
- The “cages” were built during the Obama years. The Washington Examiner reported on July 1 that “Obama’s secretary of homeland security said the practice of putting migrants in cages after being detained by authorities did not start when Donald Trump became president.”
“Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson while at the Aspen Ideas Festival, “were not invented on January 20, 2017, okay?”
- “The Obama administration, not the Trump administration, built the cages that hold many immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border,” says fact-checker Snopes.com.
- The Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee tweeted a photo of “kids in cages” that was taken in 2014 — when Barack Obama was in the White House.
- “President Barack Obama separated parents from their children at the border,” McClatchy reported last year.
“ICE could not devise a safe way where men and children could be in detention together in one facility,” said Leon Fresco, a deputy assistant attorney general under Obama. “It was deemed too much of a security risk.”
Trump Sided With White Supremacists In Charlottesville
Long after the 2017 incident, in which some white nationalists clashed with “counter-protesters,” Trump critics were still saying he defended neo-Nazis, calling them “very fine people.”
“I just think that we all very aware of what type of person currently occupies the White House and the terrorism that has faced the nation because — partly because he’s there,” Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker told CNN a year ago.
Also on CNN, contributor Keith Boykin said in March that “when violent people were marching with tiki torches in Charlottesville, the president said they were ‘very fine people.’”
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace has claimed, with the self-assured certainty only an MSNBC host lacking self-awareness can work up, that Trump had “given safe harbor to Nazis, to white supremacists.”
When Joe Biden kicked off his campaign in April, he went right to Charlottesville.
“That’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation,” said Biden, because Trump “assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”
Yes, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides.” But what “sides” was he talking about? At the news conference in which he used those words, he followed up by making it clear “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.” The “very fine people” he was referring to “didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis.”
In fact, he clearly stated there were “some very bad people in that group.”
“It’s absolutely established that Trump excluded those people explicitly before saying that there were some fine people on both sides of the question of keeping Confederate statues,” law professor and blogger (and Obama voter) Ann Althouse wrote in a post headlined “Biden’s announcement video is anchored in a demonstrable lie.” (Emphasis Althouse.)
It’s galling that the Trump haters — would it be fair to say every Hillary Clinton supporter is a Trump hater? — have been free to continually spew these lies in the mainstream and social media. They’ve repeated the lies so many times that they have come to be regarded as the truth.
Real truth, though, is not malleable and those who claim to honor it, whether they like Trump or not, should stand up for it at all times. Trump’s antagonists are free to criticize him, free to point out when he’s not telling the truth, free even to consider his supporters idiots, if that’s what they believe.
But this isn’t about Trump, nor his supporters. It’s about influential figures perpetuating big lies and getting away with it. They ought to be called out until they finally stop.
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