President Trump is claiming credit for ensuring no Republican won in last night’s CD-6 race.
I suppose it’s a badge of honor that you can cause a ten-point swing in an election. But usually, only, you know, if your party benefits from said change.
Or maybe a loss is a win if you have the right alternative facts.
Just kidding, we all know that’s impossible.
Instead, President Trump relied on his usual bombastic and semi-conspiratorial scolding (AKA: his most presidential sounding voice) to predict Republicans will win on Tuesday. Anyone want to hazard a guess if he even knows who the Republicans are? Methinks he has no clue.
This post is about political targets of opportunity. Many people outside the system believe the left and right oppose each other all the time. Politics, unfortunately, runs by a self-serving principle (and principal) too often. As such, elements from polar opposites of the political divide can unite when they see the potential to advance their agenda and/or see profit potential.
This weekend The Huffington Post ran a piece headlined “GOP Congressional Candidate Will ‘End Muslim Immigration,’ Fundraising Email Says“. The first line of the story continues “A fundraising email on behalf of Karen Handel, a Republican running for office in Georgia, promises that she will end Muslim immigration if elected.”
Let’s get the denial out of the way before getting into the problems with the construction of both the article, and the email that it is based upon. From Karen Handel:
“Neither I nor my campaign have any connection to the organization or the people associated with the organization that sent this email. I support aggressive, legal and constitutional means to protect our country and secure our borders. I do not, however, support the use of a religious litmus test in determining an individual’s immigration status.”
It’s been interesting as with most fake news to watch Handel’s opponents, mostly from the left, take this story and run with it on social media as if it’s a direct quote from Handel and/or is representative of her views. While Huffpo can lawyerly claim there’s enough wiggle room in their headline to attribute the quote to the PAC involved, the line “on behalf of Karen Handel” is a bit more troublesome if parsing for truth here.
So let’s first take up the issue of this PAC, and its using Karen Handel and claims of its own making to fundraise…for itself. Continue reading “Scam PAC + HuffPo = Fake News”