Rachel Maddow isn’t a journalist, but she plays one on TV. For most of the past year, she’s provided her grieving Hillary supporter fans with nightly doses of crazy Russian collusion conspiracy theories. But with evidence of that proving to be as rare as feathers on a frog, Maddow has found a new dark and shady tale to spin. She spent much of her show last week trying to connect enough dots to blame the death of four US soldiers in a terrorist attack in Niger on President Trump’s travel ban on Chad.
It was a flight of fancy so unmoored from reality that even the Huffington Post ran an in-depth article debunking it as “crazy.” You know you’ve really taken a plunge into the deep end when even HuffPo suspects you have Trump Derangement Syndrome.
But as goes Maddow, so goes the left in the US generally. We’re already starting to see liberal politicians declaring the deaths in Niger to be “Trump’s Benghazi.” That’s infuriating for at least two reasons:
First, it cheapens the deaths of heroic US service members to try to use them in a transparent ploy to score partisan political points. We already got enough of that last week when an irresponsible Congress member attempted to use the President’s voluntary, private condolence calls to grieving Gold Star families to launch a cheap political attack.
Secondly, the left (including Hillary Clinton) has spent years dismissing the deaths in Benghazi as a “nothingburger” scandal for which Hillary holds no responsibility, even though she spent months denying repeated pleas for more security and ignoring warnings, and later lied to us about the nature of that terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11, even though we now know she knew. So when they say Niger is Trump’s Benghazi, are they trying to say he is somehow culpable and should face justice, or are they saying it’s a big nothing and everyone should just get off his case about it?
Considering one of the leading voices making the charge is the same Congresswoman who, last week, was trying to exploit Trump’s condolence calls to Gold Star families to score political points, don’t expect any logical, coherent explanation of what "Trump's Benghazi" means. It changes moment-by-moment to whatever it needs to be to hurt Trump the most.
The left has officially moved on from “situational ethics” to “situational facts.”
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