It’s been building for a while, but lately I’ve hit my limit when it comes to the media’s handling of Donald Trump’s campaign. They’ve been discussing his ridiculous behavior and vile comments — a lot — but they’re still not treating him how they do other politicians. Without a doubt, Trump is one of the most dishonest people we’ve ever seen run for president. He’s constantly allowed to repeat blatant lies that the media knows are lies, yet when they’re interviewing him they almost never call him out on any of them.
These aren’t subjective situations based on opinion or interpretation that we’re talking about here, they’re bald-faced lies that we know aren’t true.
Being that it would take entirely too long to cover all the dishonest things he constantly says, I thought I’d run down the top five which I think the media needs to start pushing back on — not later when the interview is done, but directly to his face as he says them.
1. That he opposed the Iraq War from the start: No, he didn’t. This isn’t a matter of opinion, or simple hearsay, there’s actual audio evidence of Trump giving an interview with Howard Stern where he said he supported George W. Bush’s push to send troops into Iraq.
2. He opposed removing Gaddafi from power in Libya: Again, no, he didn’t. This time we have video evidence from Trump’s own blog where he said these exact words:
It’s horrible what’s going on; it has to be stopped. We should do on a humanitarian basis, immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save the lives.
Yet he continues to insist that one of the reasons why Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified to be president is because she supported the regime change in Libya — even though he’s on video supporting doing the same damn thing.
3. He can’t release his tax returns because they’re being audited: This is another one of those lies he continues to say, even though the IRS has said that his audit has absolutely nothing to do with his ability to release his tax returns.
4. President Obama “founded ISIS” because it was his decision to pull American troops out of Iraq: First, ISIS began in 2004, well before Barack Obama became president. But, yes, our troops did leave Iraq during his administration — that part is true. However, that deadline for the U.S. to be out of Iraq was actually set by George W. Bush and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) he signed with the Iraqi government setting the date that our troops would be out of the Middle Eastern nation. Furthermore, Dick Cheney is on video (here’s that video) calling Bush’s SOFA agreement with Iraq proof that the war had been a success.
5. We should “target the families of terrorits,” do a “hell of a lot more than waterboarding,” and we should have “taken the oil” from Iraq: Okay, to be fair, those aren’t technically lies — they’re just all war crimes. I’m so sick and tired of Trump sitting there, flat-out admitting that he would commit war crimes if elected president, and almost nobody interviewing him when he says these things calls him out on it. Hell, he spoke about “taking the oil” from Iraq for several minutes during the Commander-in-Chief forum and never once did Matt Lauer even attempt to point out that what he was suggesting he would have done was a blatant war crime.
Like I said, I could list plenty more, but then this would turn into a small novel. I simply wanted to list five of the most absurd lies and statements that I often see him repeat that the media almost never challenges him on.
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