No, No He Did Not.
Katrina Pierson says President Barack Obama began the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Pierson, now a long-time spokesperson for the Donald Trump for President campaign, wrongly blamed the Afghanistan war on President Obama, when in fact his predecessor, President George W. Bush, took the nation to war in Afghanistan in what became the longest war in all of U.S. history.
â€œRemember we werenâ€™t even in Afghanistan by this time,â€ Pierson told CNN’s Victor Blackwell, on “New Day” Saturday morning. â€œBarack Obama went into Afghanistan creating another problem.â€
Pierson later restated her false claim, that Afghanistan “was Obamaâ€™s war,” when given the opportunity to clarify her previous remarks.
As most schoolchildren know, President George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, on October 7 of 2001.Â
“When he did end up in the White House in 2008, the war in Afghanistan was still going on,” Stein continues. “And Obama made ramping up U.S. presence there a central plank of his foreign policy platform during his campaign to be president. Too many resources had been spent on Iraq, he repeatedly argued, and not enough on the country from whichÂ al QaedaÂ actually planned the attacks.”
Once again, Pierson’s remarks are wholly incoherent and fact-less.Â
“Remember how PiersonÂ blamed Obama for CaptainÂ Humayun Khanâ€˜s death in 2004?,” Mediaite asks today in reporting Pierson’s false accusation. Just one week ago a Trump advisor, ironically on CNN, promised Americans,Â â€œI think weâ€™re fixing it, I guarantee you that wonâ€™t happen again with her, thatâ€™s for sure.â€
Some responses via Twitter:
Katrina Pierson just said that Barack Obama took the country into Afghanistan in 2009. She is insane.
â€” Elizabeth West (@Limeylizzie) August 13, 2016
â€” Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) August 13, 2016
â€” Eric Grant (@ericgrant) August 13, 2016
Katrina Pierson just said Obama took us into Afghanistan because time is an illusion words have no meaning buy gold https://t.co/wThkJfEWYQ
â€” Josh Feldman (@feldmaniac) August 13, 2016
And Katrina Pierson just said on @CNN that the US wasn’t in Afghanistan until after Obama’s election.
â€” David Kochel (@ddkochel) August 13, 2016
Katrina Pierson on CNN just said we werenâ€™t in Afghanistan until Barack Obama took us there. #TrumpFacts
â€” Kate Rose (@KateRoseMe) August 13, 2016
Image: Screenshot viaÂ Huffington Post
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“Merry Christmas!,” Massie wrote above the photo on Twitter alongside a Christmas tree emjoi.
“ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammo,” he added, followed by a gift emoji.
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