“[L]ying about Trump’s legal affairs doesn’t help. It helps promote lying, not Clinton (or anyone else.) This week social media is full of a narrative that the mainstream media is “ignoring” that Trump is on trial for rape and racketeering in December. That’s dishonest…Trump is historically awful. That’s not a reason to promote narratives that damage us as a nation. Lying about the nature of allegations, and treating allegations as presumptively true, damage us as a nation. “
—-Attorney/blogger Ken White, explaining the “rape trial” and “racketeering charges” against Donald Trump that Clinton supporters have been citing on-line and off as an “It’s not the worst thing!” rationalization (#22) to deflect criticism of Hillary Clinton
On Popehat, where he reigns supreme, former prosecutor and current lawyer Ken White has posted an essay called “The Facts About A Couple of Pending Lawsuits Against Donald Trump,” a blessed service to all of us who want to make the social media defenders of Hillary Clinton stop trying to corrupt everyone else with spin, lies and rationalizations.
Three main talking points of distraction and disinformation have been issued to followers by the panicked Clinton campaign to spread hither and yon. (Like Ken, I know that Trump must lose, but I want Clinton’s victory to be as unpleasant and marginal as possible.) The first and most insulting is the tried and true “vast conspiracy” against little ol’ Hillary, mostly because she’s a woman. The second is the lie that she’s no more dishonest than other politicians. (This one infuriates me, as it is demonstrably false, and attempts to set the standard for acceptable, institutionalized trustworthiness for U.S. public servants to Hillary’s miserable level for all time. This is, perhaps, the greatest long-term danger she poses to the nation.)
The third is the “how can anyone care about those stupid e-mails when Trump has a rape trial in December?” smear. I’ve been bouncing around Facebook trying to explain why this argument makes my friends look like idiots, but they, like the townspeople in Ionesco’s allegorical comedy “Rhinoceros” who start sprouting horns, pawing the ground and grunting, seem to have collectively given in to mindless conformity.
Ken explains why the third talking point is irresponsible: at this point, there are only allegations. “The fact that I hate Donald Trump does not mean that the allegation is or is not true,” he says.
The “rape trial” is a particularly misleading situation. Ken:
“Donald Trump has been sued civilly by a woman who claims he raped her when she was 13. I am prepared to believe the very worst about Trump, and I don’t know whether this is true or not, but I am more than usually skeptical based on the lawsuit’s provenance. The case is not “going to trial” in December. It has been set for a completely routine early status conference in December that will lead to more complete schedules. As far as I can tell, no discovery has been conducted by either side. The case is an allegation against Donald Trump.”
Please leave the link to Ken’s post on your Clinton-corrupted social media friends’ cyber-doorsteps. It probably won’t help, but you owe it to them to try to stem the progress of their mutation to mindlessness.
I also highly recommend the comments on Ken’s post, which are a wonderful tonic for the depressingly vile exchanges on the political sites. There is a full spectrum of anti-Trump, pro-Clinton, lesser of two evils commentators (I did not see a genuine pro-Trump comment, but that is not surprising, since everyone seems to be educated and minimally sane), and some genuinely funny observations. My favorite is this one, from Popehat comment auteur “En Passant”: