Trump follows Fiorina and Carson down the rabbit hole of Big Lies

November 23, 2015

Big Lies take your breath away. They disqualify. No one should ever vote for a candidate who tells a Big Lie.

Carly Fiorina disappeared down the proverbial rabbit hole of Big Lies while searching for the mythical Planned Parenthood video that she claimed to have seen. Her last words before she disappeared were, “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ ”

Dahlia Lithwick said,

The enormity of the fabrication surprised me; the fact that nobody had ever seen this extraordinary smoking gun before stunned me; the fact that not one of the journalists moderating the debate followed up on her claim surprised me. The fact that contemporaneous mainstream media reports of the debate—more theater criticism than journalism—failed to fact-check it surprised me. The people who did fact-check it all immediately agreed that it wasn’t true, and yet Fiorina’s word-picture was touted for days as the emotional zenith of the debate.

Ever the hero, Ben Carson took off after Fiorina. Before he disappeared down the rabbit hole of Big Lies, he waved his gifted hands urging everyone to follow him and shouted something about stabbing someone in the belt, hitting his mother with a hammer, the Chinese are in Syria, and he has better sources of intelligence information than the White House. According to Politifact, this is what he said in context about China.

Moderator Maria Bartiromo: “Dr. Carson, you were against putting troops on the ground in Iraq and against a large military force in Afghanistan. Do you support the president’s decision to now put 50 special ops forces in Syria and leave 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan?”

Carson: “Well, putting the special ops people in there is better than not having them there, because they — that’s why they’re called special ops, they’re actually able to guide some of the other things that we’re doing there.

“And what we have to recognize is that Putin is trying to really spread his influence throughout the Middle East. This is going to be his base. And we have to oppose him there in an effective way.

“We also must recognize that it’s a very complex place. You know, the Chinese are there, as well as the Russians, and you have all kinds of factions there.”

Positively brilliant, except the Chinese are not involved in the Syrian conflict and his intelligence sources have denied telling him that. After thoroughly checking the story, Politifact concluded,

In context, Carson’s comments suggested a military presence. That claim appears to be lifted from unconfirmed blog posts and a news report by a Lebanese news site. China and the White House have denied that Chinese troops are in Syria, and experts told us there’s no evidence to the contrary. Even if Carson meant something less than a military presence, China seems to be taking a hands-off approach to the conflict in Syria.

We rate Carson’s claim False.

Not to be outclassed,  Donald Trump took off after Fiorina and Carson this weekend. As he dove head-first into the rabbit hole of Big Lies, he said he saw “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the collapse of the Twin Towers after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Here is what he said when George Stephanopoulos interviewed him on ABC This Week,

It was on television. I saw it. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”

Politifact checked it out,

We looked back at the record to see what we could find about American Muslim celebrations in New Jersey on 9/11. While we found widely broadcast video of people in Palestine celebrating, we found no evidence to back up Trump’s description of events on American soil.

They concluded that the story is an urban myth

We conducted an exhaustive search of newspaper and television transcripts on LexisNexis, looking for reports from September 2001 through December 2001 that made any mention of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks.

Regarding Jersey City, which Trump mentioned specifically, we found two uncorroborated and unsourced mentions.  Neither begins to approach the scale Trump described.

The Associated Press, on Sept. 17, 2001, described “rumors of rooftop celebrations of the attack by Muslims” in Jersey City. But the same report said those rumors were “unfounded.”

The Washington Post, on Sept. 18, 2001, published an article that claimed “law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.” The Post story includes no source for this information, and we found no evidence that any of these allegations ever stuck.

A more rampant rumor of Muslim or Arab-Americans cheering the attacks centered around nearby Paterson, N.J. But that turned out to be just a rumor, spawned by chain emails and perpetuated by shock jock Howard Stern’s radio show.

The Star-Ledger reported that as the rumors spread, “Paterson police rushed to South Main Street, the center of the city’s Middle Eastern community.”

“When we got there, they were all in prayer,” Paterson Police Chief Lawrence Spagnola said.

Three percent of New Jersey residents are Muslim — the highest of any state — according to Pew Research Center. Suspected 9/11 terrorists had ties to Jersey City and Paterson. But there is no conclusive evidence that any New Jersey residents celebrated the attacks, and there is no evidence whatsoever of any demonstrations where “thousands and thousands of people” cheered.

Nor is there any evidence Trump saw these events play out in any way, be it on TV or in person. We reached out to Trump’s campaign but didn’t hear back.

These three clowns have been caught lying red-handed. Their lies are BIG Lies they told to win the Republican nomination for president. All three are unfit for public office.

Last, but certainly not least, Trump is demonizing all Muslims for political gain. That is what Hitler did when he demonized the Jews, and just like Hitler did to the Jews, he wants to force all Muslims to register with the federal government.

He has committed an unpardonable sin.

Never ever forget that because innocent lives and possibly your own life or the life of someone you love depends on it.


Ben Carson should withdraw from the race because of his ignorance about foreign policy

November 18, 2015

Ben Carson has demonstrated that he is unqualified to serve as president by doubling down on his erroneous claim that the Chinese are involved in Syria. The New York Times is reporting,

Ben Carson’s remarks on foreign policy have repeatedly raised questions about his grasp of the subject, but never more seriously than in the past week, when he wrongly asserted that China had intervened militarily in Syria and then failed, on national television, to name the countries he would call on to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State.

Faced with increasing scrutiny about whether Mr. Carson, who leads in some Republican presidential polls, was capable of leading American foreign policy, two of his top advisers said in interviews that he had struggled to master the intricacies of the Middle East and national security and that intense tutoring was having little effect.

(emphasis supplied)

The advisers are Duane A. Clarridge, a former CIA official, and Armstrong Williams, a close personal friend. Both men have admitted that despite many intense sessions with Dr. Carson designed to make him smart about foreign policy, he still does not get it.

Given the recent events in Paris and the ongoing devastation in Syria, our country cannot afford a president who doesn’t understand foreign policy.

The time has come for Dr. Carson to withdraw from the race.


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