Last week, on Friday and Saturday, Democratic Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tim Ryan, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio all tweeted out deliberately false statements about the shooting of Michael Brown in Fergusen, Missouri 5 years ago, all apparently doing so to pander to African Americans, especially those who don’t read newspapers.
Ethics Alarms focused on Warren, being the biggest and most shameless demagogue of the group, in this post, which concluded,
“Warren isn’t intellectually lazy, or flummoxed by a false narrative. She is pandering. She is lying. She is doing what she evidently thinks will gain her power and the Presidency: saying what she thinks will attract needed support, even though she knows, knows, that it is false. Warren is a law professor and a litigator, and from all reports skilled in both roles. She knows that the facts made it obvious that Brown wasn’t murdered. She knows that competent, fair citizens must not call other citizens murderers when not only have they not been charged, tried, or duly convicted, but when authorities have concluded that there is insufficient evidence for an official accusation.The tweet isn’t a mistake or an opinion. It is a deliberate lie, a public and a defamatory one. I see no reason why Darren Wilson could not sue Warren and win.”
That is still accurate and true. Several Ethics Alarms readers pointed out that Kamala Harris also advanced the long de-bunked narrative that Mike Brown was a nice, friendly, “gentle giant” heading for college who was gunned down by a racist cop while holding up his hands and pleading for his life.
Harris, like Warren also a lawyer (and presciently runner-up to Warren in the Ethics Alarms “Who is the most unethical Democratic candidate?” poll, as you can see…
…was almost as despicable as Warren, writing, “Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement. We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.”
As both Warren and Harris know, Mike Brown was NOT murdered, as both an integrated grand jury and the Obama Justice Department found that the forensic evidence and eye-witness reports corroborated Officer Wilson account, meaning that he fired in self defense.
Harris and Warren, then, were lying, straight up. The other Democratic hopefuls were just deliberately misleading, race-baiting, pandering and inflammatory, falsely implying that the police officer was a racist and that Brown was an innocent targeted for his color, the false narrative spun by Brown’s family and Black Lives Matter. I doubt that any of them could be sued for libel, because the framed their version of the false narrative with sufficient deceit.
Cory Booker tweeted: “5 years ago, Michael Brown was killed by a police officer … I have been thinking all day about Mike and his family, and my prayers are with them. I am also thinking about the everyday citizens who stood against this police violence and racism and were tear gassed for their patriotic acts. Ferguson called to the conscience of our nation and inspired a movement that rightly continues.”
Gillibrand : “5 years ago, a Ferguson police officer killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager. He shot him 6 times. Nothing will bring Michael back, but we can’t stop fighting the injustice done to his family and so many others.”
Ryan: “Five years since the tragic death of Michael Brown and we still have significant work to do. We must rebuild trust between police and the communities they have sworn to protect.”
DeBlasio: “Michael Brown should be here today. My city knows the pain of Ferguson all too well … NO ONE should die due to the color of their skin.”
I can’t let that one pass without noting what a weasel this guy is Brown would be here today—maybe—if he didn’t resist a lawful arrest, didn’t try to grab an officer’s gun, and didn’t charge Wilson with all of his 280 or so pounds. Any white perp who behaved similarly while being built like a tank would suffer the same fate, and deserve to.
Heeeeeere’s Beto! “Five years ago, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer. … We are reminded of an idea as urgent, and as ignored, today as it was when Michael was killed: Black Lives Matter.”
Bernie: “Michael Brown should be alive today. Five years after his death, we must finally end police violence against people of color.”
This brazen servicing of an unquestionably false narrative isn’t even getting the usual shrug and pass from the left-biased media, at least on line, so indefensible is it all. FactCheck.org, perhaps the closest we have to a fair factchecking service, focused on the two worst, Warren and Harris, in its methodical take-down, but its analysis suffices for the rest. The only part of the article that betrays the site’s bias is the headline, “Harris, Warren Wrong About Brown Shooting,” as if they missed a press release of something. Their lies were deliberate, not “mistakes.”
The Hill also flagged this mass mendacity—Did the DNC put out some kind of official talking points for the Ferguson anniversary? Many of those tweets are awfully similar—noting in part,
[T]he very candidates regularly accusing President Trump of being a liar and divisive, of making claims “without evidence,” have made their own divisive, false claims. Not only are these claims “without evidence,” they contradict the evidence, according to the Obama Justice Department.
Oh good, I was about to make that point to my Facebook friends, who are so obsessed with the “Trump lies all the time” trope that they post in outrage every time the President utters or tweets a misstatement, botched fact, exaggeration or garbled point, no matter how trivial.
Slate, usually a reliable apologist for any Democrat, especially one who opposes Trump, went after Warren, was represented by long-time columnist Will Saletan, who tweeted,
Sen. Warren, in this tweet you repeated a criminal accusation that was refuted years ago by forensic evidence and an Obama DOJ report (http://bit.ly/33mYgqB). Fact checkers have flagged your tweet and sought comment from you. It’s 3 days later. Will you retract the accusation?
No, she hasn’t, and won’t. The rest won’t either. This mass dishonesty in the service of racial division was even too much for Vox, which also reviewed the Brown shooting facts, and also, like Factcheck, minimized the offense by calling the Harris and Warren tweets “controversial” while implying that those and the others were mistakes, writing, “Five years after the shooting, though, major presidential campaigns are still getting the details wrong.”
What a coincidence!
Notably missing from the Parade of False Tweeters were Pete Buttigieg, who is embroiled in a police involved shooting controversy of his own in South Bend and had the sense to take a pass, and Joe Biden, who may have dropped that DNC talking points memo in the sink or something.
Pointer: Victory Girls