Sen. Cory Booker is experiencing yet another ‘liar, liar, pants on fire!’ moment. This time he got nailed by the uber-leftist rag the Washington Post for fibbing. When you’ve lost the communist press… just sayin’. Booker claimed during last week’s Democratic primary debate that Hillary Clinton lost Michigan in 2016 because of Russian interference and Republican voter suppression — a claim the Washington Post called out as totally untrue. Clinton lost because she plainly sucked as a candidate and as a human being.
“We lost the state of Michigan because everybody from Republicans to Russians were targeting the suppression of African American voters,” Booker said. That’s getting old. Claiming that black voters are so gullible, uninformed, and dumb that anyone can influence their vote is simply a massive insult to the black community.
If you’ll remember, Clinton lost by a very small margin in Michigan in 2016 to Trump in what was just one of an election night full of shocks for Democrats. They still haven’t recovered. She lost by just over 10,000 votes. “Election experts say they see little or no evidence that the activities by the Russians and the Trump campaign actually swayed the election in Michigan,” fact-checker Glenn Kessler of WaPo wrote. They gave Booker four Pinocchios over this one – that’s the most they can give on the scale.
“So why did Booker say it? It appears he was stretching to connect some actual facts surrounding the election as having a direct connection to Clinton’s loss.
“There is evidence that Russian election interference operations heavily targeted black voters in an attempt to sway them toward not voting, and there are quotes from President Donald Trump and Roger Stone about monitoring for voter fraud in minority communities, but there’s no reason to believe those things cost Clinton the state, Kessler wrote.
Wow, good point here from…this exact piece.
I’m now going to go about my day. But c’mon man. pic.twitter.com/zoch39WTPO
— Addisu Demissie (@ASDem) August 2, 2019
“The reality is, there were fewer black voters casting ballots in Michigan in 2016—but that was more likely because former President Barack Obama wasn’t on the ballot, and black voters were far less excited about Clinton.
“African American turnout in Michigan was down from 2012 to 2016, partially because it had previously risen for Barack Obama,” an expert told The Post.
“…[Booker is] wrong to claim the Russians and the GOP were responsible for Clinton’s loss in Michigan,” Kessler concluded, giving the senator four Pinocchios, which is defined on the rating scale as a “whopper.”‘
“In this essay I’m going to outline all the ways Russians and Republicans tried to get African American voters to “boycott” the election and then conclude that didn’t impact an state decided by 10,700 votes out of 4.8M…” https://t.co/7GoANTDhEH
— Jenna Lowenstein (@just_jenna) August 2, 2019
The newspaper admitted that the Booker campaign had provided it with links about potential Russian and Republican activities, but it noted that “none demonstrated that the purported suppression activities delivered Michigan to Trump.”
“Perhaps that’s an argument for a black candidate like Booker to be on the ticket, but he’s wrong to claim the Russians and the GOP were responsible for Clinton’s loss in Michigan. The burden of proof is on Booker, and he failed to back up his claim. He earns Four Pinocchios,” the Post concluded.
Hillary Clinton also received four Pinocchios from WaPo for her claims of voter suppression in Georgia and Wisconsin. It seems to be a trend on the left to lie if it fits your political agenda. After all, it’s never THEIR fault.
Booker’s campaign team criticized the fact-check. Well, of course, they did: “Give. Me. A. Break,” said Booker campaign manager Addisu Demissie. He pointed out portions of the article that noted Russian efforts to target African American voters.
This smacks of desperation from Booker and his minions – his campaign has been floundering for some time now. Funny… I don’t remember Spartacus being this whiny… the REAL Spartacus just to clarify, not this faux Spartacus.