Newsweek’s “Big Lie” cover (From The Ethics Alarms “Stop Making Me Defend President Trump!” File) [Part II]

Let’s finish the survey of the allegedly racist statements the “resistance’s” Big Lie strategy requires us to accept as part of its efforts to denigrate and marginalize the duly elected President of the United States.

Next up for debunking….

  • “Shithole countries.” This isn’t just a contrived race-bating gotcha, it’s a  hearsay contrived race-baiting gotcha. I wrote about this one enough here.

It’s pure crap, ironically enough.

  • Very fine people on both sides.” The Big Lie purveyors will flog this one forever. Once again Trump’s inability to use his native tongue with nuance gave his critics a club to beat him with when he declined to accept the “good vs evil” characterization of the Charlottesville riot that was being pushed by the media.  He should have said there were horrible people on both sides, for there certainly were. The protest march organized by a white supremacist group to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue by the history-censoring Left undoubtedly had non-white supremacists in the group: I, for example, strongly object to tearing down Lee’s statues, and I’m a very fine people. The group that arrived to turn a peaceful an d Constitutionally protected march into a battle did not deserve the blanket endorsement the Left insisted upon: they were in the wrong, and precipitated the violence. Moreover, the President stated clearly that there was no excuse for white supremacy or bigotry. Once, admitting the humanity of your adversaries and those you disagree with was regarded as virtue. Now, it makes one a racist.

The revisionism that has caused some critics to reject Atticus Finch as a role model is based on his telling Scout in the novel that some of his racist neighbors are still good people who have some very wrong beliefs. Atticus would have endorsed the President’s words.

  • “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime…,” oh, hell you probably have it memorized. BOY, am I sick of knocking this one down. I debunked the argument that his statement in his announcement of his hopeless quest for the White House was racist or anti-Mexican here, and it wasn’t hard. here’s the whole section of the speech:

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.  It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.


Trump was talking about illegal immigrants, not “immigrants,” as the statement was widely distorted to mean. He did not say, either, that all illegal immigrants were criminals, rapists or murderers.

The Washington Post’s B-Fact checker, Michelle Ye He Lee, “disproved” Trump’s statement like a typical fact-checker: she lied and obfuscated. “Data on immigrants and crime are incomplete, ” her Factcheck begins, “but a range of studies show there is no evidence immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans.”

That’s irrelevant, since Trump was only talking about illegal immigrants, not immigrants. It’s also a non-argument. I haven’t seen data on whether illegal immigrants commit more crimes than legal immigrants, but I would say it makes sense that that would be the case, since they break laws at the very beginning of their stay here. Trump was saying, albeit in his own, infuriating, sloppy and semi-articulate way, that people who have no right to be here commit crimes. Who cares how many commit crimes, or how often, compared to citizens and legal immigrants who are here legally? The point is that if one single American suffers because a crime has been inflicted on them by an illegal immigrant, that’s wrong, and should not be tolerated.

It’s not racist to point that out. It’s true, and most Americans agree with it, as do I. This one is particularly sinister, as part of the open-borders faction on the Left to frame opposition to illegal immigration as racist.

I left the dumbest for last….

  • “Pocahontas is at it again!” That Newsweek could even fill it cover with enough fake “racist”statements by the President shows how embarrassing unsupported this Big Lie is. Now, if Trump called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” to mock her race and ancestry as a Native American, that would be a slur.  But that’s not what he was doing. He was mocking her decades-long, dishonest posing as a Native American to benefit from her false claim of minority status. This is sarcasm, not racism.

The most damning statement on the cover is, ironically, the one where Trump claimed to be “the least racist person.” He can’t possibly know that, so it’s one more case of the President foolishly asserting as fact what is merely opinion or delusion.

That statement, however, proves he’s a racist as much as any of the others on Newsweek’s unethical cover: not at all.

9 thoughts on “Newsweek’s “Big Lie” cover (From The Ethics Alarms “Stop Making Me Defend President Trump!” File) [Part II]

  1. I quit reading Newsweek and Time magazine (which I had subscribed to once) a long time ago. There’s nothing fair and balanced about either one of these rags.

  2. I’m going to respond to some of the arguments I assume the self-exiled progressives who once roamed these plains like buffalo would have made, had they not fled. Yes, it’s a bit iike playing chess with oneself, but the lack of advocacy and adversaries makes Jack a dull boy.

    I’ll call the phantom progressive/ liberal “Chrissygirrl T.g. Tamperseery-Green,”

    Comment: 1:You can argue all you want, but I know just know Trump’s a racist.
    Answer: As you just know he was in cahoots with Putin, and is crazy, and a Nazi. Got it.

    Comment: Well, any one of those quotes may not be racist, but the totality of them proves he’s racist.
    Answer: No, because 8 X zero is still zero. Many non-racist statements don’t equal racism. They prove Trump is insensitive, undiplomatic, and uses reckless rhetoric. But we knew that.

  3. Althouse posts…

    “As a man charged with publicly explaining Donald Trump’s often meandering and colloquial vernacular in highly adversarial TV settings,I appreciate more than most the sometimes-murky nature of his off-script commentaries. But these Charlottesville statements leave little room for interpretation. For any honest person, therefore, to conclude that the president somehow praised the very people he actually derided, reveals a blatant and blinding level of bias. Nonetheless, countless so-called journalists have furthered this damnable lie. For example, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace responded that Trump had ‘given safe harbor to Nazis, to white supremacists.’ Her NBC colleague Chuck Todd claimed Trump ‘gave me the wrong kind of chills. Honestly, I’m a bit shaken from what I just heard.’ Not to be outdone, print also got in on the act, with the New York Times spewing the blatantly propagandist headline: ‘Trump Gives White Supremacists Unequivocal Boost.’ How could the Times possibly reconcile that Trump, who admonished that the supremacists should be ‘condemned totally’ somehow also delivered an ‘unequivocal boost’ to those very same miscreants?… Despite the clear evidence of Trump’s statements regarding Charlottesville, major media figures insist on spreading the calumny that Trump called neo-Nazis ‘fine people.’ The only explanation for such a repeated falsehood is abject laziness or willful deception.”

    Writes Steve Cortes, a CNN political commentator.

    Althouse adds: “I suspect that they keep repeating the falsehood because they are so clearly wrong that they can’t find any way to back down. And I also think they’ve seen the effectiveness of this attack on Trump. It has worked as propaganda, so why stop now? The hit to their credibility has already occurred, so why not keep manipulating minds?”

  4. Right on all counts, Jack, yet those are still the narratives presented in much of the “unbiased” media.
    Honest people would see the “Pocahontas” dig as the equivalent of derisively calling an annoying dimwit “Einstein”…Not an insult to Einstein, but a sarcastic reminder of how far removed from the real thing the pretentious poseur is.
    The “least racist person” cavil is, of course, pure Kafka trapping…a favorite of totalitarians everywhere.

  5. But Jack, while these statements may not be racist in an explicit and literal reading, aren’t they “dog whistles” to racists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis? So I’ve been assured by my liberal and Democratic friends, who, despite not being racist “dogs” themselves, are all able to hear the “whistles.”

  6. Those who argue that there are not “shithole” counties simply haven’t seen* much of the world. I’m sitting in Hong Kong waiting for my return flight to the US from one of those countries. It makes me immensly grateful to be a US citizen.

    *maybe smelled is the right word. One of the places I visited has a sewage backup problem and the road chronically floods with human waste that festers in the hot sun. It rivaled hog farms in stench but the knowledge that it was human waste made it worse.

      • Almost any inthat corner of the world would be likely. We take public services for granted here. In other countries the elite take that money for themselves.

        Much like the elite here are trying to do.

    • Depending on how literal you want to get with the term “shithole”, there are a number of countries that still utilize “squat toilets”, particularly in Asia. Something that surprised us, maybe 12-15 or so years ago, was encountering one in the Tivoli train station (Hadrian’s villa) in Italy.

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