A case study in how the right birthed the likes of Trump

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Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, has been downright pious in his condemnation of Donald Trump. He has likened Trump to George Wallace, “a hideous racist who appealed to racists, but also crystallized a deeper anger and discontent,” and even used an entire issue of his magazine to try to insulate the conservative movement from any responsibility for Trump’s rise.

However, Lowry goes and gives the game away by publishing virulent anti-Muslim garbage like this, by Michelle Malkin, about an alleged case of child sexual abuse in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The case has become a cause celebre among conservative media, with the headline at Drudge — “Report: Syrian ‘refugees’ rape little girl at knifepoint in Idaho” — offering an accurate flavor of the coverage. In the original version that so inflamed conservatives, the families of the Syrian perpetrators of the gang rape even celebrated their act while local officials conspired to conceal it from the public.

Almost none of that is true. According to local law enforcement, prosecutors and elected officials, no gang rape occurred, no knife was involved, the suspects were immigrant boys ages 7, 10 and 14, they weren’t Syrian but Iraqi and Somali, no adults celebrated the act and the case is being handled routinely through the juvenile court system like any other such case would be handled, in secret.

Yet in National Review, Malkin casually dismisses all that as “a few early factual errors,” claiming that anti-immigration “watchdogs got more right than wrong.” She goes on to describe the case as the natural consequence of “an increasing influx of refugees, many from jihad-coddling countries, over the past several years,” with Twin Falls and other communities increasingly under siege from Islamic refugees.

Funny, that’s not at all how the people of Twin Falls perceive it.

Once the smoke and deceptions are cleared away, what are we left with? A case of three young boys allegedly abusing a mentally disabled child. Yes, it’s disturbing and tragic, but the hard truth is that more egregious cases occur daily in communities all across this country, perpetrated by “native-born Americans.” The allegations involve policemen, teachers, ministers, football players, coaches, Catholic priests and in a recent local case, a former Cobb County GOP chairman charged with child sexual abuse in three states. Just this week, a former Republican speaker of the House reported to federal prison to serve time on charges stemming from child sexual abuse that was committed decades ago.

Yet somehow, Malkin and others want to turn this isolated case in far-off Twin Falls into a platform from which to smear all Muslims. Go read the hateful comments inspired by her column. By publishing such trash, Lowry validates, legitimizes and mainstreams the very sentiments that he claims to find abhorrent.

The blatant calls upon bigotry, the blithe rejection of a fact-based reality — these are the source of the Trump phenomenon. The nut hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

 

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St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

How's that Executive Decision to invade Iraq, made by One Decidererer, made by one Commander in Chief, lookin about now?

honested
honested

@St Simons he-ne-ha 

Pretty dang lame if you ask me.....

But not as bad as the Doofus In Chief in front of the "Mission Accomplished" banner.

rimsky
rimsky

radical Islamic terrorist/////

Did know a Muslim friend of Mateen's turned him into FBI and then the FBI screwed up.

People like you calling Muslims radical Islamists is harming our fight against extremists.

td1234
td1234

@rimsky Then the friend was not a radical Islamic terrorist. Not hard to understand. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

I don't know about y'all, but I quaff my New York Times with a bit of lemon, honey and a shot of whisky

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Once and for all...the SC, indeed, allowed the lower court's findings to stand...Obama's amnesty plan is unconstitutional.  Call it what you like, a slap down or a big nothing burger.  It does not matter to me.  The fact is, Obama's plan to circumvent current law ain't happening.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany 

Call it what you like

Thanks for granting me your permission. That's mighty decent of you, sport.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany How foolish.  What a faceplant.  I expect that nonsense from td but really, you have the benefit of all prior posts and you still post that nonsense.  The TRIAL is still pending.  Only the current preliminary enjoinder is stayed. 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"If you want to discuss something, ed, try having some minimal literacy about the topic and not merely spewing the propaganda of warmongers."


@Donnie The  PINKO Sympathizer


You ain't the brightest bulb in the chandelier.


Confucius Say ,


A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, 


and gives them to everyone else.

rimsky
rimsky

Hooray! Very relieved that this decision continued affirmative action in  college admissions.//////

Heard this on an interview in NPR:

A minority takes a test  and gets a poor grade and is rejected.

The white supervisor hires a white guy who have not taken the test gets the job.

What does that tell you.

Sometimes white supervisors hire whites who have worse scores than minorities too.

I guess stupid white people get a pass when white supervisors are doing the hiring.

It is a common occurrence in this country.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@rimsky 

Agree with you here... but this isn't the way that college admissions works. Race/ethnicity is one factor that is considered, along with gender, SES class, and region of the country.  (In Georgia, the group that is truly "minority" is the white, working-class male with good test-scores-- they are sought after for "diversity" by public universities.")

td1234
td1234

Another radical Islamic terrorist attack in the world. This time Germany. More strict gun control laws than the US. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234  And you know this is a "radical Islamic terrorist attack", how?

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Do you think in only two options for every issue?

td1234
td1234

@PaulinNH Because of the force that Germany has sent was set up to deal with Radical Islamic attacks (Per CNN). 


It seems Germany does not mind doing racial profiling and have teams set up to handle the situation. 

rimsky
rimsky

@td1234 A lot of us told you folks not to go into Iraq in 2003.  

You people did not listen.

These are the consequences of utter stupidity.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234 @PaulinNH  If you knew anything about Germany, you would know that there has been a long history of terrorist attacks going back to the 1960's - Google RAF (Red Army Faction) or Bader-Meinhof sometime.  The Spezialeinsatzkommando is the German equivalent of a SWAT Team - they were created back in the RAF days. 

BTW - the German sites (Bild, FAZ, etc) haven't used the word "Islamic" or "Muslim" describing the attack at the cinema

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

honested

Does putin still have troops in the sovereign country of Ukraine?

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Oh well look who cares about sovereignty now!

Are you going to hold Obama to the same standard of international law in Syria?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@rimsky @Donnie_Pinko 

The US carrying out airstrikes on Syrian territory without explicit invitation of the legitimate government - a basic violation of international law.

And just how did it get to be such a cluster do you think?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Are New York Times quaffing liberals so ignorant of facts that they think Russia has had actual troops in Ukraine?

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@JayBook @Donnie_Pinko 

Speaking at an annual televised press conference, Mr Putin denied that “regular forces” were involved in the conflict, but conceded that “people dealing with tasks…in the military sphere,” had been involved in the conflict.

“We never said that there weren’t people there dealing with certain tasks, including in the military sphere,” he said, when challenged by a Ukrainian journalist about two captured Russian officers currently held in Ukraine.

“But that doesn’t mean there are regular Russian forces there. Feel the difference,” he added.

td1234
td1234

In other good news for law enforcement today, the Judge ruled NOT guilty on all 7 charges in the Freddie Gray case to the van driver. 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

"In September, the city announced a $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family."

Looks like the city thought they were going to get guilty verdicts.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 Or it could be the city buying off the protesters from burning down the city. 

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Paul42 @td1234 

This seems in line with the many earlier settlements made by the city re. "rough rides" that ended in paralysis or worse for the accused in the police vans. The city expected a similar verdict here.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"John Lewis's heroism?  His no-cost posturing you mean?  "


@Donnie The PINKO Sympathizer


Confucius Say....


To ignore the facts, does not change the facts.


It is impossible to sling mud with clean hands.


Men are like fish... neither would get in trouble if they kept their mouths shut.



Kamchak
Kamchak

A tie vote by the SCOTUS is a slap down?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Kamchak Hey read if for yourself....its there

"The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court."
 

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak Absolutely is because it means the 5th circuits ruling stands. The President does not have the authority to have prosecutor desecration for 11 million illegal aliens.  


He must enforce the law.  

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @Kamchak No.....  the case is pending and no decision.  There is a preliminary order staying implementation only.

Sweetie, your continued lies cannot be from ignorance. 

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF The decision of the 5th circuit stands in the 5th circuit. The Judge in the 5th is now asking for all the names of the illegals. 

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF @td1234 Yes there was a smack down. Obama's illegal executive action was stopped. That is a smack down in any sane world. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

A tie vote in the Supreme court means they couldn't make a decision.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Any kind of meaning you assign to it is just propaganda, sport.

Just sayin'.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

honested

Is putin still murdering Ukrainians unwilling to subject themselves to russian barbarism?

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If you want to discuss something, ed, try having some minimal literacy about the topic and not merely spewing the propaganda of warmongers.

Gmare
Gmare

Not nice, pinky.