Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

False and Misleading


Donald Trump described Hillary Clinton as “the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.”  As usual, his rhetoric wasn’t supported by facts.

Trump said that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens “was left helpless to die as Clinton soundly slept in her bed.”  Actually, two emails from Clinton show that she was awake after it was learned that Stevens had died in the attack on the diplomatic facility in Benghazi.

He claimed Clinton: “accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was secretary of State.”  He neglected to mention that the gift was accepted on behalf of the United States, and that it was transferred to the General Services Administration.

Trump asserted Clinton: “wants to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to settle Middle Eastern refugees in the United States.”  In fact, the total refugee budget was $1.67 billion in fiscal 2016.  It’s unlikely that as president, she’d be able to convince the House to add “hundreds of billions” to the budget for refugee assistance.

He claimed that our “trade deficit with China soared 40 percent during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.”  The trade deficit did go up 17 percent, but trade is under the purview of the Commerce Department, not the State Department.

Trump blamed Hillary for the “disastrous strategy of announcing our departure from Iraq, handing large parts of the country over to ISIS and the ISIS killers.”  The departure date was set by President George W. Bush.  President Obama made the decision to keep that scheduled departure date.

Trump also described the North American Free Trade Agreement as: “Bill Clinton’s disastrous and totally disastrous NAFTA.”  President Clinton signed the legislation to implement NAFTA, but the agreement itself had been negotiated and signed by President George H.W. Bush.

Trump asserted Clinton would:“end virtually all immigration enforcement and thus create totally open borders for the United States.”  Clinton supported a Senate immigration bill that would have create a path to citizenship for those in our country illegally, but that bill also included large investments in border security.

The presumptive Republican nominee for president insists that the private server that Clinton used as secretary of State:“was easily hacked by foreign governments.”  Attempts were made to hack Clinton’s server, but the identity of the hackers hasn’t been determined and there has been no evidence that any of them were successful.

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