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Media buy Durbin's lies to bring down Trump

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Paul Miller

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The media are going bonkers over the “s...hole” comment supposedly made by President Trump during a bipartisan meeting on immigration.

One Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, says yes. Four others at that meeting — Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Republican U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue — say he did not.

Neither Cotton nor Perdue have a history of being contradicted by both Republicans and Democrats over claims they made about a private conversation. However, we know that Dick Durbin is a serial liar especially when it comes to meetings at the White House. Durbin said in a Facebook post that a House Republican leader told off then President Obama during a negotiation meeting, and that GOP leaders were so disrespectful it’s practically impossible to have a conversation with them. Soon afterward, both the Obama White House and House Speaker’s office denied his claims.

Durbin also wrote in a post on his Facebook page that “in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’” Again, both Republicans and the Obama White House were real quick to point out that Durbin’s version of events was bogus. Jay Carney, Obama White House press secretary, commented on Durbin's post at the daily press briefing, “I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen.”

The left wants to believe anything about Trump that will bring down his presidency. The sad thing is, like Durbin, the left will make up their own stories if they can’t obtain them any other way. And, they’re only looking for negative stories about the president.

The AP cites a Pew Research Center report that two-thirds of Americans believe “fabricated news” is causing a “great deal of confusion” about basic facts, and a poll conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago found the percentage of Americans expressing a “great deal of confidence” in the press has fallen from 28 percent in 1976 to just 8 percent in 2016.

According to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll in October 2017, nearly half of voters — 46 percent — believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Trump and his administration. As I said, whatever it takes!

Paul Miller

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