The Big Lie

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by Sandra Coleman

“A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

-Mark Twain

Below I quote Donald Trump during the campaign:

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

From these campaign statements, a ridiculous racist label, lobbed by the liberal media, has beleaguered President Trump. Regardless of what you think of Trump, you can surely recognize a twisted translation. His words, despite what has been repeated, ad nauseam, for months, do not convey a characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists. “They’re rapists.” placed within proper context, can mean nothing more than this: Mexico, composed of people of diverse mentality and rectitude, is sending over, not people like you and me, but people (having existed in all countries throughout history) who defy the norms of decent society. Such a simple, obvious concept swept up into a breathless rant of name calling is a basic propaganda tactic. Recognize the deceit.

Donald Trump, also during the campaign, said, “We should ban all Muslims until we figure out the hell what is going on.” An imprudent outburst, to be sure, but certainly not evidence of racism. If hordes of Mongols had been slaughtering civilians, Trump may very well have shouted, “Ban all Buddhists, until we figure out what’s going on.” We may have a loose cannon in the White House, but there is no  consistent evidence throughout Trump’s lifetime that he has launched unfettered hatred based on race, creed or color.

We would all do well to remember the definition of Stupid: Knowing the truth, seeing the truth, still believing the lies.

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