He makes Bannon seem an unimaginative fibber.
What’s largely and glaringly missing from Trump’s list of terrorist attacks: Non-Western victims
It begins with off-the-cuff bullshit.
On Monday in Florida — the same state devastated by the Pulse nightclub massacre last year — President Trump told members of the military that the news media were purposely not covering terrorist attacks.
“You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening,” he said at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”
Then Sean Spicer backs away to a less obvious lie that is still utter crap.
Reporters, who heard the president’s remarks, asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer what Trump was talking about.
Spicer clarified that the president’s beef was actually with terrorist attacks they deemed “underreported.”
Hours later, Spicer offered the reporters a list — with 78 examples from September 2014 through December 2016.
The list was shoddy and slapped together and contained high profile attacks that got enormous coverage.
Among them were the Pulse nightclub massacre, the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, the coordinated shootings and explosions in Paris, and the holiday party shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.
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As The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump noted, the list could be Spicer’s way of doing damage control and manipulating the media — a concept called “working the refs” — by whipping journalists into a fact-checking frenzy over global terrorism.
But what’s more telling, perhaps, is not what Trump’s list included — but what it didn’t.
About 95 % of the victims of terrorism are Muslim.
You would never know that from the White House list.
Is this all just a Trump strategy to distract the media with craziness that, to his adorers, make them look like bad guys while his serious crap gets under-reported?
On the other hand, how scared does The Duce want us to be?
Scared enough to be glad of his bullshit efforts to make us all safe again.
How scared should you be?
Trump fears terrorists, but more Americans are shot dead by toddlers
When the president uses his executive powers to ban more than 200 million people from entering America, ostensibly in the interests of security, and then, in the same week, the House of Representatives relaxes background checks for gun ownership, one is compelled to question the sense of proportionality when it comes to security.
Whom do they intend to keep safe?
By what means?
And at what price to liberty?
Let us leave aside for the moment the fact that since 9/11 not a single American has been killed in a terrorist attack by a citizen from the countries on this list.
The reality is that an American is at least twice as likely to be shot dead by a toddler than killed by a terrorist.
In 2014 88 Americans were shot dead, on average, every day: 58 killed themselves while 30 were murdered.
In that same year 18 Americans were killed by terrorist attacks in the US.
Put more starkly: more Americans were killed by firearms roughly every five hours than were killed by terrorists in an entire year.
It is unlikely that scrapping a rule requiring extended background checks for gun purchases by some so