Thursday, July 21, 2016


      I’m not chicken, so I’ll get right to it. Hillary Clinton should have added three words to her claim that no classified material passed through her server: “To my knowledge”. But, no, her statements were unequivocal and inevitably disingenuous. Given the fact that somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 emails passed through her computer, she could not have read them all and could not, therefore, be certain that no classified material was received or sent. Her many assertions were bogus from the beginning. More than likely, they were designed to secure the nomination before the roof caved in.
      Though not by design, Hillary’s blanket denials have given the Republicans an opportunity to brand her a liar, a stroke of good fortune for a party nominating a man who lies virtually every time he opens his mouth. Especially because it allows the media to assert a false equivalency.


      Trump claimed, on Fox News, that the families of the 9/11 hijackers were living in the United States at the time of the attacks. In fact, not a single family member of any hijacker lived in the United States. This is similar to his claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered after the towers fell. A blatant appeal of his xenophobic supporters, there exists not a shred of proof to support either claim.

      A photo appearing in one of Trump’s campaign ads shows hundreds of dark-skinned people climbing over a fence. The photo is meant to illustrate the porosity of our southern border. In fact, the photo was taken in Morocco. (But you know what he means, right?)

      Trump has repeatedly claimed that Obama wants to accept 250,000 Syrian refugees. The actual number is 10,000.

      In May, 2014, the United States exchanged five Guantanamo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl. Trump has repeatedly claimed that these men have returned to the battlefield. In fact, all five are living in Qatar, where they were sent upon their release.

      Trump has declared that the treaty between Iran and the United States would require the United States to defend Iran in a war with Israel. There is not a scrap of evidence to support this claim.

      I could go on and on, listing one lie after another, but I’ll allow PolitiFact to speak for me. PolitiFact rates SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT of Trump’s statements as mostly false, false or pants on fire. Yet, somehow, Hillary Clinton has become the liar and Donald Trump the straight shooter. As a political success, this compares with turning a genuine war hero like John Kerry into a coward, while simultaneously proclaiming George Bush, who did everything he could to avoid combat, the man who served honorably.

      PolitiFact rates 72% of Hillary Clinton’s statements as true, mostly true or half-true. PolitiFact rates 75% of Donald Trump’s claims as mostly false, false or pants on fire. Enough said.

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