We are now living in a day and age where the “president” of the United States, as well as his supporters and most of his administration, simply shout “fake news!” whenever there’s something reported on that they don’t want people believing. Of course, that’s rather ironic considering Donald Trump, his administration, and the conservative media puppets who support him, such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity, are actually the ones out there pushing fake news and trying to delegitimize factual information on a daily basis.
This has spawned more and more reporters, journalists, and media pundits to be prepared with “live fact checks” to prove that much of what these folks are claiming is “fake news” is actually factual and real.
For example, Dutch reporter Wouter Zwart who absolutely embarrassed Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, when he “live fact checked” him after the Hoekstra denied that he had once claimed Muslims were setting fire to politicians and creating zones in cities where Dutch law enforcement refused to enter.
As reported by The Washington Post:
A Dutch journalist just asked new U.S. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra why he said there are “no go” areas in the Netherlands, where radical Muslims are setting cars and politicians on fire.
Hoekstra denied it, and called the claim “fake news.”
The reporter then showed Hoekstra a video clip of himself at a congressional hearing in 2015 saying: “The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burned, there are politicians that are being burned.”
“And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands,” he added in the clip.
Then things got extremely weird.
When the reporter pressed, Hoekstra denied using the term “fake news,” which he’d uttered moments before.
“I didn’t call that fake news,” he said. “I didn’t use the words today. I don’t think I did.”
So, not only did he call it “fake news” when Wouter called him out for his past statements about Muslims, but Hoekstra then essentially accused the Dutch reporter of more “fake news” — for initially calling his claim that he made these statements in 2015 “fake news.”
Everyone, once again, say it with me — you can’t make this trash up.
Sadly, this is the situation we’re faced with in this country. We have a bunch of bumbling buffoons who couldn’t handle running a taco stand in Sunnyvale Trailer Park much less competently run a world power, keeping a tight hold on their base of millions of supporters who continue to prove that they’re some of the most ignorant and gullible people who’ve ever existed.
As I’ve said before, while I’ll never be ashamed to be an American, I’m embarrassed for my country right now. The rest of the world is sitting back laughing at this circus. Over the last year I’ve had many people from overseas ask me how in the world could so many Americans be stupid enough to support Trump. They’re legitimately baffled that there are millions of people in this country who really can’t tell that he’s nothing but a pathological-lying fraud who has no idea what he’s doing and has no business being “president.”
Unfortunately, one of the worst aspects to all of this is, Trump hasn’t even been in office a year — though I know for many folks like myself it feels like it’s been much longer. I don’t even want to try to imagine the damage he’s going to do to this country if he completes a full term in office.
Watch the exchange below:
Dutch journalist to new US Ambassador: you said there were 'no go zones' in Netherlands, where are they?
Ambassador: That's fake news, I didn't say that
Journalist: We can show you that clip now.
Ambassador: Err pic.twitter.com/8ohIOzmYAc
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) December 22, 2017
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