One thing that my research staff and I are scrupulous about is not repeating “fake news.” One “tell” that sets off our radar is when an alleged quote seems to perfectly reflect exactly what someone’s opponents think of him. That's just too perfect. If politicians told you what they were really thinking, they wouldn’t be politicians. For instance, just imagine Nancy Pelosi dropping her “I’m so sad I have no choice but to impeach the President (whom I pray for daily), but I just revere the Constitution so much” act and being honest. I know, bad example: nobody can imagine Nancy Pelosi being honest.
I see this all the time in liberal media. Many of the most repeated quotes used to slam President Trump, from “very fine people among the neo-Nazis” to “all Mexicans are criminals,” are deliberately bogus misquotations that have been repeated until they’re holy writ on the left. They fervently believe, and are very passionately upset about, things that simply aren’t true. That’s why I don’t want to see that happen on the right.
That brings us to this story: It’s being widely repeated that Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn said about Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, “Let’s give him a fair trial and hang him.” That would be especially shocking, considering Clyburn is African-American. In fact, he did say those words in that order, but it’s lifted completely out of context.
What he actually told CNN is that if the Senate knows they’ll exonerate Trump before even holding a trial, it would be the equivalent of “Let’s give him a fair trial and hang him,” only the opposite. You can certainly argue that House members have no business telling the Senate how to define a “fair” trial, or that there’s no reason for a trial when you’re presented with “evidence” that’s obviously biased, unconvincing and unsullied by facts (that would actually be the equivalent of a judge dismissing a case for lack of evidence or prosecutorial misconduct.) As the linked article notes, it’s also ironic that what Clyburn described (“Let’s give Trump a fair trial and then hang him”) is exactly the attitude displayed by House Democrats over the past month or so.
Still, he did not say that Trump should get a fair trial and then be hanged. The Democrats are saying plenty of crazy and outrageous things for real these days; our side don’t need to make up any more.
I hope that any liberals who read this will note the space I devoted to correcting a misleading, out-of-context quote from the other side. Now, it’s your turn. Better get cracking; you have an awful lot of correctin’ to do.