FACT CHECK THE PRO­PA­GANDA

Belleville News-Democrat - - Opinion - – Steven Lane, Tren­ton

There we go again, Repub­li­cans con­tinue to refuse to fact check their pro­pa­ganda. One writer sim­ply took Don­ald Trump’s mid-term pro­pa­ganda and sub­mit­ted a let­ter with­out check­ing if what he was say­ing was truth­ful. It wasn’t! An­other writer didn’t vote for Barack Obama be­cause he was a sec­ond-rate sen­a­tor but is a big sup­porter of a third-rate re­al­ity show host. That ex­plains a lot! And an­other tried to de­scribe the Demo­cratic Party, only to de­scribe the pres­i­dent and the Re­pub­li­can-con­trolled Congress.

We still have Re­pub­li­can writ­ers in­fer­ring that Trump’s “Zero Tol­er­ance” im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy is a con­tin­u­a­tion of Ge­orge W. Bush and Obama’s pol­icy. Not true!

The un­de­served wind­fall for the wealthy and cor­po­ra­tions, as pre­dicted, has cre­ated a yearly tril­lion-dol­lar deficit for the fore­see­able fu­ture. Any gains for the lower and mid­dle class have been wiped out by in­fla­tion, higher in­ter­est rates and Trump’s tar­iffs. Note that Trump’s fam­ily ben­e­fit­ted greatly by the tax cuts.

An­other writer tried to blame Democrats for the homi­cide rate, es­pe­cially the black on black homi­cides. What about all the mass shoot­ings com­mit­ted by whites? Only when we elim­i­nate the in­flu­ence of the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion will our politi­cians de­velop a strong na­tional gun pol­icy.

Ad­mi­ral Wil­liam H. McRaven stated that Trump’s at­tack on the press is the “great­est threat to democ­racy” he’s seen. Trump: “You know why I do it? I do it to dis­credit you all and de­mean you all so when you write neg­a­tive sto­ries about me no one will be­lieve it.”

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