If your FB newsfeed is anything like mine, it’s starting to feel like Fall 2016 all over again. After Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) accusation this week that Trump referred to several nations as “shithole” countries, I saw my newsfeed explode with Trump bashing.
The references to Trump were at levels I haven’t seen since it seems many people had decided to take the political posts down a notch (interesting study I’d like to read: The Number of Friendships Ended Over the 2016 Election).
Here’s the thing, is it even true Trump made the comment? He denies it. So it is a case of he said/he said. Let’s consider the source of the allegations, Senator Dick Durbin. It turns out, Durbin has been called out for lying several times, and even the Obama white house agreed he is a liar. And today, his fellow Senator, David Perdue (D-Ga) also said Durbin is lying, and has a history of it.
Conservative Tribune reports:
One of his first public lies was exposed in 2013. While Durbin recounted his daughter’s tragic death due to congenital heart failure, he made some false and seemingly politically motivated statements about her health insurance. As reported by The Daily Caller at the time, “(Durbin) described his sick child’s preexisting condition as a reason to support Obamacare last week, but the Illinois Democrat neglected to mention that his late daughter was easily covered by existing insurance, and that he used taxpayer money to reward the hospital that treated her.”It’s just a little bit sick to use your daughter’s death for political gain.
Now, let’s jump to the present day.
After the infamous closed door immigration meeting, Durbin told reporters that Trump referred to African countries as “s***holes.” Durbin called the alleged comment “hate-filled, vile and racist” and said “the most disheartening thing to me is my belief that that was the first time words that hateful had been spoken in the Oval Office of the White House.”
And with that statement, we have lie number two. Back in 2016, the Atlantic published a story citing that then President Barack Obama called the African country of Libya, a “s**t show.” Obama made this comment behind closed doors. Now, Durbin feigns shock at Trump’s statement, calling it the “first time words that hateful” have been spoken in the White House, when he knows full well that’s just not true.
Now we get to the third lie.
Again in 2013, Political ran a story about little liar Durbin.
See a section of Politico’s report below:
“In a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told [President Barack Obama]: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you,’ Durbin wrote in a post on his Facebook page over the weekend.
However, both the White House and the House speaker’s office denied Durbin’s account of events.
Asked about the post in the White House daily briefing, press secretary Jay Carney said he checked with a participant of the meeting in question.
Brendan Buck, spokesman for then-Speaker of the House John Boehner commented on Durbin’s claim. “Sen. Durbin’s accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air. The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.” (Emphasis added).So you mean to say Durbin has made up complete fabrications about closed door meetings in the past?
While Durbin is sticking to his guns concerning his statement about Trump, the president has denied he ever said it.
He took to Twitter to deny the accusation: “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
So whether Durbin is right or wrong, his credibility deserves to be seriously called into question. After all, he already lied about a closed door meeting with a past president — who’s to say he wouldn’t do it again?
Senator David Perdue (D-Ga) said on ABC’s This Week, “I am telling you that he did not use those words.” The Washington Examiner explains “Host George Stephanopoulos noted others present at the meeting — such as Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — affirmed that Trump used those words. Perdue said they were mistaken, and argued that Durbin in particular had a habit of twisting comments made by Republicans in private.”
Sounds like case closed to me. Time to move on. Let’s see what they come up with next!