Even though Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are still in the middle of their renewed war with each other, the former governor of Florida came to the plutocrat’s defense regarding a claim Hillary Clinton made during the Democratic debate. Trump demanded an apology from Clinton today for her unproven assertion that his rhetoric on Muslims has been used by ISIS in their anti-American recruitment propaganda. Bush has spoken out against Trump’s anti-Muslim controversies on multiple occasions, but during a radio interview with Bill Bennett, he thought Clinton had some nerve to make her claim without any evidence. “Hillary Clinton suggesting that Donald Trump is being used in an ISIS recruiting video, man, talk about chutzpah.” Bush said. The former governor also referenced Clinton’s controversial history of blaming the Benghazi attacks on the anger from an anti-Muslim video, which he argued was a parallel of her argument against Trump.
Unlike in previous years, fact-checking website Politifact could not select just one statement for “Lie of the Year,” instead granting the honor to Donald Trump for his many, many falsehoods. “PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checker writes. “No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial.” Among the many false statements that Politifact said contributed to their decision:
- That “thousands of Muslims” celebrated the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey
- That the Mexican government “sends the bad ones over” the border
- That 81% of white murder victims are killed by blacks
- That he never said the cruel things about women that Megyn Kelly claimed he had
In an interview with NPR, President Barack Obama suggested that the presidential campaign of Donald Trump was exploiting the fears of “blue-collar men” in America. NPR‘s Steve Inskeep asked the president about the “anxieties” that conservative-leaning voters feel about him and his presidency. This inspired Obama to discuss aspects of the Republican party “that suggest that somehow I’m different, I’m Muslim, I’m disloyal to the country, etc.” In other words, unsubstantiated beliefs spread most efficiently by grandparents and estranged aunts and uncles via forwarded email chains. According to Obama, Trump’s campaign has been so successful because it makes adept use of these popular conservative fears. “When you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through — because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the fact that wages and incomes have been flat-lining for some time, and that particularly blue-collar men Continue reading "President Obama: Donald Trump Exploits ‘Blue-Collar Men’"
Conservative talk radio show host Hugh Hewitt tore into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after she claimed during the debate Saturday night that ISIS was using video of Donald Trump to recruit, an allegation that fact-checkers say simply isn’t true. “Chris, there’s only one take: Hillary Clinton lied,” Hewitt told CNN New Day host Chris Cuomo. “She lied again, she invented a second video narrative which has nothing to do with the truth. She’s been fact checked on this claim by The Washington Post and The New York Times.” “Hillary Clinton compulsively lied in a situation where it was not necessary…” he argued. “This was a completely unforced, unnecessary launch into falsehood. There is no video, no video exists.” “The leading Democrat, the presumptive Democratic nominee ought not to be lying about what [ISIS is] Continue reading "Hewitt Hits Hillary’s ISIS Claim: ‘She Lied Again,’ ‘She Invented a Second Video Narrative’"
CNN announced this morning that Lindsey Graham will be suspending his bid for the 2016 presidency. The South Carolina senator will reportedly make the announcement official in an email to supporters later today. reportedly said. “I’ve hit a wall here.” When asked who he would endorse, Graham stated, “I have no intention of endorsing anyone right now.” This story is developing, and we shall add more details as they become available. Watch a report on the story in the video above, via CNN. UPDATE: 9:57 A.M. EST Graham released Continue reading "BREAKING: Lindsey Graham Dropping Out of Presidential Race"
While Donald Trump has attacked Hillary Clinton and called her a liar on a regular basis, he is continuing to attack her for saying that ISIS uses his rhetoric as a recruitment tool at the Democratic Debate. When he appeared today on NBC Today, Matt Lauer asked Trump whether he can criticize Clinton on this standard when he has made numerous claims that run contrary to established facts. Lauer specifically directed reference to Trump’s claims about Muslims celebrating 9/11, when there has not been any verifiable documentation that it happened on the scale of thousands Trump repeatedly claims. Trump began by saying that he was already “exonerated” for his 9/11 claims, and said that when it comes to Hillary, “she always lies,” and “she’s been a mess no matter where she’s been.” Lauer continued Continue reading "Trump: Hillary Lies About Everything, and I Demand an Apology for ISIS Video Claim"
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Monday’s Morning Joe, and the conversation turned to the Senator’s recent comments at the GOP debate regarding the link between Islam and jihadists. The show’s cohosts quickly turned on Santorum and pushed him on his viewpoints of Muslim-Americans and his double-standard on “white man” domestic gun ownership. Things got heated when Scarborough asked Santorum, “At the same time we’re trying to stamp out Islamic radicalism [how do we] reach out aggressively to let Muslim-Americans know that they are every bit as part of the American dream as you or me?”. Santorum would not respond to that question directly, instead choosing to put the emphasis on the responsibility of the Muslim-Americans themselves. Santorum offered, “Well the answer is, well just, I would ask that in reverse: what are they gonna do to reach out to make sure they Continue reading "Brzezinski Slams Santorum Over Muslim-American Relations: ‘Come on, You Know Better!’"