By Rick Jensen
The media is in a frenzy over Donald Trump's so-called endorsement of a database for all Muslims, doubling down on "thousands" of 9/11 celebrants in Jersey City and retweeting some fake statistics.
Meanwhile, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have pushed the limits of believability. So the question is, when comparing candidates, how much bloviating or outright dishonesty can voters stand?
"Reporter" Hunter Walker of Business Insider created a fiction in which Donald Trump agreed to create a database of all Muslims in America. In the video of the questions and answers, it is obvious that Mr. Trump was talking about illegal aliens and refugees, not all Muslims.
The lack of fact-checking relating to subsequent stories by Yahoo News, CNN and NBC is shameful.
Trump said he saw "thousands" of people celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11 in Jersey City.
No one, not even the police, recalled such a protest.
On September 18, 2001, The Washington Post did report "several" and "a number" of people celebrating the attack with tailgate-style parties on rooftops in Jersey City.
They were questioned by police. There were no arrests.
So, there were, perhaps dozens, not thousands. celebrating 9/11 in Jersey City.
Trump either confused that Jersey story with video of international celebrations or he's a bloviating hyperbolist.
Trump also retweeted a false statistic claiming 81 percent of killings of white people are by black people. His response: "Am I gonna check every statistic?"
The answer is, "Yes, if you want to be President. Otherwise, you're as bad as Hillary and Obama with their fake 'women earn 78 percent of what men earn' narrative."
Speaking of Clinton, she has her own set of beliefs that bear more scrutiny.
She believes government bureaucrats and specialists should be given ultimate authority over raising your children.
In the 1970's, Hillary assisted Yale psychology professor Kenneth Keniston in writing a paper titled, "All Our Children," championing the idea that the nuclear family is not preferable to government and that raising your child is not so much a duty of the parents as it is the job of "society" to raise your child, led by "public advocates" such as judges, social workers and bureaucrats.
In other words, Hillary has always believed, promoted and worked to create government policies designed to take make parents and parenting subservient to government institutions.
In 1973, Hillary wrote, "Decisions about motherhood and abortion, schooling, cosmetic surgery, treatment of venereal disease, or employment, or others where the decision or lack of one will significantly affect a child's future should not be made unilaterally by parents."
So does Hillary belief that government is the true family? Seems that way.
Barack Obama created multiple fabrications about his life, including his step-grandfather dying while fighting Dutch troops. He died falling from a chair while hanging drapes. He claimed the march on Selma inspired his parents to conceive him. A remarkable feat as he was nearly three years old during the march in 1965.
Most voters seemed not to care.
Hillary's stories are equally easy to refute, such as landing in Bosnia under enemy fire (news video shows her greeted with smiles and flowers) and claiming credit for the Northern Ireland peace process.
She denies the millions of dollars given her foundation by foreign interests coincided with her State Department favors to those contributors.
Which do you prefer: A bloviating hyperbolist or a deceitful profiteer?
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Rick Jensen is Delaware's award-winning conservative talk show host on WDEL, streaming live on WDEL.com from 1pm — 4pm EST. Contact Rick at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL.