Leave it to “Fox & Friends” to do everything they can to use the Smollett story to paint the entire left as unhinged
Ever since “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime where his alleged attackers told him, “This is MAGA country,” conservatives have been outraged, denying his story.
While it now appears in this instance they may have been right – Smollett surrendered to police Thursday morning and is under arrest for allegedly filing a false police report – the hate and vitriol from the right has been unyielding.
Donald Trump Jr. has tweeted about Smollett 15 times, and used his story to indict Democrats and everyone on the left, including Senator Kamala Harris. There was also this “joke”:
Kathy Griffin: No one can ruin a career faster than I can.
Jussie Smollet: Hold my bleach!!!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 17, 2019
But leave it to “Fox & Friends” to do everything they can to use the Smollett story to paint the entire left as unhinged, which only exposes their own lack of understanding about what really happens in America.
The Fox News morning crew on Thursday repeatedly insisted Smollett could have started “race riots in major cities across this country,” which is preposterous.
Here’s “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade:
Brian Kilmeade on Jussie Smollett: “Remember the potential, if this had been true, of maybe even race riots in major cities across this country.” pic.twitter.com/XxwOpikC03
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 21, 2019
Talking with a right wing Chicago radio host, Kilmeade repeats his “race riot” assertion. Ironically, given Kilmeade’s regular fits of derangement, he says, “there’s people who are already on the edge when they wake up in the morning – all they need is something to set them off.”
Brian Kilmeade again says that the Jussie Smollett story “easily could have been a race riot,” and the pro-Trump radio host completely agrees. pic.twitter.com/tdcR5rlODA
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 21, 2019
“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt was only too happy to chime in and repeat Kilmeade’s “riots” assertion:
No surprise that Ainsley Earhardt agrees “this could have *blown up.* Like you mentioned, it could have caused riots!” pic.twitter.com/aWjk1jyDx0
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 21, 2019
As Media Matters reporter Bobby Lewis (who also posted these videos) put it, “I guess it’s easy to think the Smollett story was seconds away from exploding into nationwide race riots, 1968-style, when you live your life in fear of minorities.”
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Top Trump Aide: Vaccinating Children Is ‘Murder in Some Cases’
Peter Navarro, the Trump White House’s Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and a conspiracy theorist who has called Dr. Anthony Fauci the “father” of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is falsely stating that inoculating children against the deadly disease is “child abuse” or “murder,” while also serving up fear-mongering medical claims.
Tuesday morning on Newsmax Navarro first blamed President Joe Biden for two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden has been president less than one year – Navarro’s former boss was president and laid the groundwork for America’s deplorable response to the disease that has now claimed nearly 850,000 U.S. lives.
Then he railed against vaccinating children for the coronavirus, a disease also kills children.
Nearly 8 million minors have already tested positive for COVID-19, about ten percent of all U.S. children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Navarro ignores those statistics, and the fact that in the last week of December the U.S. saw a 64% increase in COVID cases in kids: “For the week ending December 30th, over 325,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported.”
Calling COVID vaccines for children “jabs for kids,” he says, “it’s child abuse at a minimum and murder in some cases.”
Falsely claiming that young male children “have a one in 2700 chance of that child developing what’s called myocarditis. Which is inflammation of the heart line. And it’s something that could be with that child’s through his adult life.”
Unlikely, according to the American Heart Association, which in early December of last year published an article declaring “Young people recover quickly from rare myocarditis side effect of COVID-19 vaccine.”
Citing a new study the AHA adds, “no patients died” of myocarditis, adding: “Most adolescents and young adults with suspected myocarditis following a COVID-19 vaccination experience mild symptoms and rapid clinical recovery, though many had evidence of continued heart inflammation,” while calling them “very rare risks.”
Navarro is reportedly unvaccinated.
Peter Navarro says vaccinating children is “child abuse at a minimum and murder in some cases” pic.twitter.com/iRiwrqujna
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) January 4, 2022
Meghan McCain Slammed for Suggesting Barbed Wire Fences Were Put Up Around Congress Because of Impeachment
Meghan McCain is under fire for suggesting barbed wire fences were installed around the Capitol building to protect Congress during the impeachment of Donald Trump.
The protections, including 25,000 National Guard troops and “miles of 12-foot high fencing,” were installed in direct response to former President Trump’s MAGA supporters attacking the Capitol on January 6, after he incited an insurrection, ahead of the January 20 inauguration.
Now that impeachment is done can DC stop having barbed wire fences and humvees around the capitol like this is a military base in Baghdad?
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 15, 2021
Many on social media expressed their anger at what they see is more conservative gaslighting:
Don’t let them lie it away, folks
You saw what you saw. Trump fomented an attack on us. They are still out there believing GOP lies. We are not safe. People died during the attack. Thousands from Covid every day. They just keep lying about everything and doing nothing to fix it.
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) February 15, 2021
Impeachment isn’t the problem. A mob of GOP-fueled terrorists is. And they are still out there, still being pandered to by GOP officials who continue to spread the lie that Democrats are part of some evil plot to destroy America. Until they are taken down, they are a threat.
— Ben G. (@softreeds) February 15, 2021
You really are an idiot. You apparently are not paying attention to reality
— B.L. Ochman – Masks Save Lives (@whatsnext) February 15, 2021
Have you not been paying attention?
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) February 15, 2021
— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) February 15, 2021
Take some ownership here. All the times you defended the republicans and added to the lies. You and your party made DC a Baghdad. https://t.co/5UiFPbojW2
— Thomas Paine (@resistandgrow) February 15, 2021
No, not until you convince GQP supporters that overthrowing the elected government and/or assassinating its leaders is illegal and unacceptable behavior.
— Call me HomenPeixe. (@ColorArousal) February 15, 2021
When Republicans stop playing nice with white supremecists and militias then maybe we can.
— Susan (@sailmom) February 15, 2021
Sure, as soon as Republican #QAnon terrorists stop committing terrorism. However, they’re talking about doing it again on March 4. Did USA take down security barriers after 9/11? That’s when we put them up.
— Messaging Matters (@MessagingMatt) February 15, 2021
No, because the domestic terrorist are threatening another insurrection for the Manchurian Candidate on March 4th, claiming that will be his inauguration. Plus, they just stopped a Q-nut in DC and her husband with guns and a note for Biden. The nuts are emboldened.
— Geeg🐻🏈😷🗳️🍑🍾🥂🎊🎉 (@geegeejp) February 15, 2021
What part of sedition do you not understand? Those who attempted to overthrow the government haven’t gone anywhere.
— stonecircle (@stone_circle) February 15, 2021
FYI the fences aren’t up because of the impeachment trial.
The fences are up because your party is full of radicalized assholes bent on destroying our country.
Hope that helps. https://t.co/JluX4AJbud
— Leftie Lucy (@LeftieLucy) February 15, 2021
Watch: Trump Dangerously Declares the US Engaged in ‘Unprecedented’ and ‘Illegal Spying’ on His Campaign
President Donald Trump, emboldened by his hand-picked Attorney General’s false claim of “spying” by the U.S. Intelligence community on the Trump campaign, told reporters Thursday he agrees with William Barr.
“I think what he said was absolutely true,” President Trump said in the Oval Office. “There was absolutely spying into my campaign. I’ll go a step further — in my opinion it was illegal spying, unprecedented spying, and something that should never be allowed to happen in our country again.”
Trump described Attorney General’s remarks before the U.S. Senate, characterizing a judge-warranted counterintelligence investigation as “spying,” as “very accurate.”
It is a clear attempt to discredit the FBI and the Mueller report, and criminalize the agents, investigators, and officials involved. It also ties back to Trump’s entirely unfounded lie that President Barack Obama “wiretapped” him. An Inspector General’s review found zero evidence to support that libelous attack, which Trump tweeted about two years ago.
Attorney General Barr did walk back his remarks slightly, after being informed there is a perceptible difference between “spying,” which evokes an illegal context, and a counterintelligence investigation, which is the actual job of the FBI and other intelligence agencies.
Barr also said it remains to be seen if the investigation was warranted.
TRUMP commends Bill Barr for his unsupported claim that there was “spying” on the Trump campaign: “I think what he said was absolutely true… I’ll go a step further — in my opinion it was illegal spying.” pic.twitter.com/GSupkCRLug
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 11, 2019
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