I’ve tried to watch as much of the GOP convention as I can, but I’ll admit that I haven’t watched a whole lot of it. The stupidity emanating from the event is more than I can take. Every minute I watch this hate-fueled circus I lose more faith in humanity as I reflect upon the reality that there are millions of people who are ignorant enough to support the idiocy taking place in Cleveland.
It’s not just that I disagree with nearly everything that’s being said — it’s that a lot of what’s being said isn’t remotely true.
Already in the first two days of the convention, Pulitzer Prize-winning Politfact has already debunked quite a list of blatant lies that have been told.
For instance, comments made by the co-chair of the Republican National Committee from South Florida who claimed Hillary Clinton paid women less than men in her office:
She repeatedly plays the gender card. In fact she boasts ‘deal me in.’ Well, Mrs. Clinton, consider yourself dealt in because as a senator you paid women less than the men in your office.
That was rated “Mostly False” based upon the fact that she pulled this statement from cherry picked analysis from the ultra-conservative Free Beacon that left out and ignored key data in order to make this asinine claim.
Then there was Rep. Sean Duffy who claimed that President Obama and Hillary Clinton have left us with a $19 trillion debt:
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have left us with $19 trillion in debt.
This statement was also rated “Mostly False” based upon the fact that more than half of our debt was accrued prior to President Obama taking office in January of 2009. So, while the $19 trillion number is accurate, over half of that was on the books before this president took office. Not only that, but considering Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she had absolutely nothing to do with any debt accumulated during Obama’s presidency. So to even include her in that statement is ridiculous.
Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. told Republicans exactly what they wanted to hear when he said that President Obama is a Muslim who’s never once spoken about Jesus Christ:
I don’t believe the guy is a Christian. He has never talked about Jesus Christ once. We had a Muslim president for seven and half years.
Politifact hit this one with their “Pants on Fire” rating because it doesn’t contain even a shred of truth. Not only is there ample evidence showing that President Obama is, in fact, a Christian — he’s mentioned God fairly often during his presidency. Heck, he randomly started singing Amazing Grace last summer during a funeral service he attended following the tragic mass murder of nine African-Americans while they were at church in Charleston, South Carolina.
On Monday, one of Trump’s biggest Republican supporters, Sen. Jeff Sessions, claimed that around 350,000 illegal immigrants cross our borders every year:
There are about 350,000 people who succeed in crossing our borders illegally each year.
For this particular lie, Politifact gave it a rating of “False” considering that, in 2015, there were only 337,117 attempted crossings. Though keep in mind that the 337,117 number are the people who were caught. There are far fewer than that who are actually making it into the country. Furthermore, illegal immigration has been steadily declining since its peak in 2000, and net immigration into the United States has essentially been zero over the last several years.
Then there was a member of the private CIA security team that was in Benghazi when that attack took place, Mark Geist, who repeated the soundly debunked lie about being told to “stand-down” as the attack was taking place.
While Politifact gave this statement a rating of “Mostly False,” this myth has been debunked by the Republican-led investigation which concluded there was no “stand-down” order given. So, while some continue to act as if it’s liberals who don’t want to believe that security forces were told to stand-down, it was the Republican-led committee which concluded no such order was ever given.
We can’t forget Rudy Giuliani who said that Hillary Clinton supports open borders:
You know Donald Trump will secure our borders. His opponent has had her chance to do this, and she has failed. Hillary Clinton is for open borders.
Yet another statement rated “False” by Politifact.
Once again, I would like to point out that Hillary Clinton has never been president, therefore she’s never been in the position of power do a whole lot of anything concerning immigration other than vote for reforms while she was a senator. So it’s ridiculous to say “she had her chance” to do a whole lot regarding immigration considering she’s never been president.
Not only that, but the immigration reform she supports is not remotely for “open borders.” It offers a path to citizenship, but the legislation she supports would invest billions into border security.
While this last one wasn’t said by someone at the convention, I felt I had to include the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a long time when Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort literally tried to blame Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech on Hillary Clinton:
There’s a political tint to this whole issue. The Clinton camp was the first to get it out there and try to say there was something untoward about the speech that Melania Trump gave. It’s just another example, as far as we’re concerned, that when Hillary Clinton is threatened by a female, the first thing she does is try to destroy the person.
This statement was rated “False,” though I’m not sure why it wasn’t given a “Pants on Fire” rating considering how absurd it was for him to blame this on Clinton. When I first heard Manafort had said this, I really thought someone was trying to play a joke on me.
Besides, even if Clinton’s campaign was the one who first pushed this story (even though it wasn’t), what does that matter? It is blatantly obvious that whoever wrote it flat-out plagiarized parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. It’s one thing to have a few phrases or sentences that sound similar, but to have complete sentences that are nearly word-for-word copies of what the first lady said in 2008 — even with sentences in the same order — that’s not a coincidence.
So, even if Clinton’s campaign was behind pushing this story (it wasn’t), that doesn’t change the fact that whoever wrote Melania’s speech clearly plagiarized parts of the one Michelle Obama gave in 2008.
The truth is, this whole convention has been an absolute joke — and it’s only going to get worse during the final days.
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