Far, far right wing, anti-gay, liberal-hating Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro last night on Fox News charged President Obama with leading an “anti-Israel” and “borderline Jew-hating” administration.
Earlier today we published an article detailing how PolitiFact’s PunditFact fact-checkers will be holding news networks accountable for their on-air personalities as well as for theirÂ pundits, hosts, and paid staffers. And it detailed that 60Â percent of the “news” reviewed by PolitiFact that aired on Fox News was false. That’s 60 percent — far more than any other news network. In short, pundits and hosts on Fox News often are fibbing.
“It’s the first administration in American history that is obviously anti-Israel,” the 30-year old Orthodox Jew said. “It’s borderline a Jew-hating administration.”
That wasn’t a borderline comment to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly — it was apparently over the top.Â
“Wow,” Kelly interrupted. “That’s strong.”
Talking Points Memo today noted that itÂ actually wasn’t as strong as Shapiro’s recent comments on the recent kidnapping and murder of three teens in Israel, adding that “Shapiro denounced the administration for not threatening to withdraw aid from Palestine after the kidnapping and condemned President Obama for saying ‘Israel should act with restraint with regards to the people who had kidnapped and killed these boys.'”
(ObamaÂ actually saidÂ that “[a]ll parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution.”)
“Shapiro was unequivocal when he levied the anti-Semitic charge in aÂ columnÂ last week,” TPM’s Tom Kludt writes. “His ‘borderline’ caveat was noticeably absent from the unambiguously titled piece, ‘The Jew-Hating Obama Administration.'”
Indeed, Shapiro, a reckless flame-throwing uber-right-wing anti-gay pro-gun conservative pundit whose main weapon is his acerbic tongue, wrote that, and more.
Slamming Obama for the President’s remarks on the cold-blooded killing of Trayvon Martin while comparing them to the President’s lack of commentary on the three teens recently kidnapped and subsequently murdered, Shapiro opined in his column that “maybe, just maybe, the Obama administration didn’t care about Frenkel [one of the teens who was an American citizen] because he was a Jew.”
The charges — all of them in fact — are baseless, but Shapiro can’t be accused of yielding to fairness or reason.
“Jewish blood is cheap to this administration,” Shapiro’s column continues. “That seems to be true in every administration, given the American government’s stated predilection for forcing Israel into concessions to an implacable and Jew-hating enemy.”
Shapiro is the author of The People Vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration, Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans, and How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them: 11 Rules for Winning the Argument.
Watch Shapiro on Fox News last night:
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Former Trump Defense Secretary Mattis Breaks Silence – Scorches Ex-Boss – Stands Up for Protestors in Scathing Statement
Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served in the military from 1969 to 2013, has finally broken his long silence. In a scathing rebuke far more devastating than any delivered by any former Trump official (except his resignation letter), Mattis denounces Trump for violating the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, and stands up for the protestors.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try,” Mattis says, as The Atlantic reports.
“Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”
He goes on to contrast the American ethos of unity with Nazi ideology. “Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was “Divide and Conquer.” Our American answer is “In Union there is Strength.”’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.”
Mattis makes clear he is disgusted with how Trump has handled the protests across the nation – and that he supports the protestors.
“I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”
He doesn’t stop there.
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He goes on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”
‘Showing Off With These Complete Sentences’: Internet Rejoices as ‘Real President’ Obama Speaks – ‘I Miss Him’
Former President Barack Obama delivered forward-looking, encouraging remarks in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests, and the Internet rejoiced. President Obama’s comments, part of a town hall organized by his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, were focused for his younger audience, and were short and seemingly off-the-cuff, yet inspired a nation thirsting for caring, intelligence, and leadership.
Take a look.
I Love President Barack Obama.
— Rachel VIII, Ratchet Queen of Quarantine (@Rachels_Ratchet) June 3, 2020
Obama is showing off with these complete sentences.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) June 3, 2020
The President just spoke
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 3, 2020
Finally, a president trying to inspire and unite us.
President Obama understands the importance of leadership. For the past three and a half years, that type of leadership has been completely absent in the White House and missing among Republicans.pic.twitter.com/FPaDoQ5hc9
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 3, 2020
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 3, 2020
Barack Obama speaks to our better angels. No matter what color you are. Barack Obama is the best of America. Barack Obama is American beauty.
— Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) June 3, 2020
The contrast could not be more stark: the current lack of national leadership & the compassion, goodness & inspiration being expressed by former presidents. We need to rid ourselves of @realDonaldTrump’s tyranny & sycophants. Return integrity to the White House & Congress. Vote.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) June 3, 2020
Obama absolutely nailed it… “Make people in power uncomfortable”… God I miss him… #takeobamalive
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) June 3, 2020
A Real President is speaking
A real man is speaking
A real leader
Best President Ever
He does everything better
Thank you Obama pic.twitter.com/DjvZwB9Ydg
— Chrissi Nielsen (@NielsenChrissi) June 3, 2020
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) June 3, 2020
— Just Some Guy (@JustSumGuy176) June 3, 2020
How comforting to hear President @BarackObama who is articulate, comforting, uniting. Forgot what that feels like.
Instead we have to deal w a racist dividing authoritarian KGB troll.
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) June 3, 2020
Obama’s subjects and verbs agree. Y’all remember when Presidents did that?!
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) June 3, 2020
The Pentagon Announced It Was Pulling Hundreds of Troops Out of DC. The Defense Secretary Just Canceled That Order.
It took Secretary of Defense Mark Esper just two hours to countermand a decision the Pentagon had announced, that it was pulling hundreds of active-duty troops out of Washington, D.C.
“Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press that the reversal came after Esper attended a meeting at the White House, and after other internal Pentagon discussions,” the AP reports. “It is unclear if Esper met with President Donald Trump. McCarthy said he believes the change was based on ensuring there is enough military support in the region to respond to any protest problems if needed.”
Secretary Esper surprised many Wednesday morning when he announced at a hastily-called press conference he disagrees with invoking The Insurrection Act to deploy U.S. troops to cities across the nation to, as President Donald Trump has said, “quell” protestors. President Trump fully supports invoking the law, and has already heavily militarized D.C.
In more than 140 cities Americans have been protesting the police killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, now for nine days and nights.
President Donald Trump has demanded mayors and governors “dominate” the protestors, and has posted threatening tweets advocating his position against the protestors.
LAW & ORDER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Get tough police! https://t.co/nsaZYrJe9c
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
About one hour ago several large military vehicles were deployed to the area in front of St. John’s Church, where President Trump held his Bible photo-op on Monday.
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