Seeing as Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-backed lawyer promising him dirt on the Clintons directly from the Russian government as part of Russia’s efforts to help his father’s campaign is pretty much indefensible, those who’ve tried to defend it have come up with some fairly ridiculous excuses for what took place on June 9th of last year.
One of the more common tactics I’ve seen used by many on the right has been to bring up Hillary Clinton’s name as often as possible. That’s a rather absurd move considering the fact that even if you think Clinton’s a criminal (the FBI would disagree with that assessment, however), that wouldn’t have anything to do with what Trump’s eldest son did.
Well, on Sunday, conservative activist Herb London got a rude awakening when he tried peddling another soundly-debunked anti-Clinton conspiracy about her selling 20 percent of America’s uranium to Russia — only to be fact-checked by MSNBC’s Joy Reid directly to his face.
“This is a distraction, notwithstanding your claims to the contrary,” London stated. “It is very interesting that when you had Hillary Clinton approve the sale of 20 percent of American uranium to the Russians under a strange set of circumstances, I didn’t hear you engage in high dudgeon.”
“It’s actually not true that Clinton sold 20 percent of uranium to the Russians,” Reid replied. “That’s an entirely made-up conspiracy theory that the right often peddled that isn’t true.”
She later made sure to bring up the facts about the uranium deal, pointing out that Clinton didn’t have the power to single-handedly approve or veto the deal; the State Department was just one of several government agencies that signed off on the deal; it actually only dealt with the purchase of a Canadian business that just happens to own uranium mines in the United States; and it didn’t even directly involve any U.S. uranium being given to the Russian government.
“This uranium deal, it was not Hillary Clinton’s to veto or approve,” she said. “All of the uranium remains in the United States and the timing of any donations to the Clinton Foundation does not even match the timeline of this deal.”
“So that is in fact a false claim,” Reid concluded. “I just wanted to let you know that so that you’re not going out and peddling that claim.”
This is what I mean when I say if the truth about something or someone you oppose is so terrible, then there’s no reason to lie.
I’ve heard Republicans and conservative pundits push repeatedly this Clinton/uranium conspiracy when they damn well know it’s not remotely true. Not only did she have very little to do with the approval of the deal, but it had almost nothing to do with Russia purchasing U.S. uranium. And that’s not a “matter of opinion” — those are indisputable facts.
Still, it’s a testament to how bad this scandal surrounding Trump’s eldest son is that the conservative media seems to be in full-panic mode. They’re bringing up Clinton’s name more and more in a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from exactly how corrupt, unethical, and dishonest Donald Trump is.
We need more people to do what Joy Reid did on Sunday by fact-checking the lies and conspiracies conservatives are out there trying to con people into believing live, on-air, directly to their faces.
Watch the exchange below via MSNBC:
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