Propaganda Fascism & The Alt-Right
October 11, 2016 § 4 Comments
Those who have studied the rise of fascism in the 1930’s have explained one of the tactics that enabled it: using propaganda to repeat lies over and over until they overpowered the truth and became “common knowledge”. During the three decade political career of Hillary Clinton, the “alt right” (i.e. fascist) propaganda machine has used this strategy to defame her: One: She hired private investigators to find information to discredit women who accused Bill Clinton of rape and infidelity; Two: She is a liar and untrustworthy.
The truth: When the accusations were leveled at Bill Clinton, he denied them and his wife, Hillary Clinton, believed him and, therefore, believed that the accusers were goaded into making false claims by his political enemies. Based on that belief, Hillary was justifiable outraged and lashed out against his accusers. After he finally admitted to his trashy behavior, she was hurt and angry at him but chose to save their marriage because she cared for him, shared his political beliefs and wanted to preserve a stable home for their daughter. She did not – repeat not – continue to attack his accusers.
The truth: While Hillary Clinton has been guilty of exaggeration and misstatements, she has not built a political career based on blatant falsehoods. Every fact-checker has identified far more lies from her opponent, Donald Trump, than from her. Still, for some mysterious reason, it is Hillary, not Trump, who is repeatedly tagged with the “untrustworthy” label. Trump’s “birther” lies repeated for years; his absurd claim Hillary “enabled” Bill’s affairs; his groundless accusation that Hillary was responsible for the rise of ISIS; his false claim that Hillary was responsible for the attack on Benghazi; Trump’s refusal to disclose his income tax returns based on a false claim that being audited prevented it – a lie exposed by the IRS’s response that the audit does not affect it; Trump’s implied claim that Hillary attacked Bill’s accusers AFTER she knew her husband’s denials were not true; the list goes on and on – despite this avalanche of lies, it is Hillary, not Trump who is regularly described as “untrustworthy”. When Hillary’s statements have been shown to have been false, she acknowledges her mistake. Trump’s “apologies” are wrapped in attacks on the Clinton’s. He is incapable of entertaining the possibility that he has been mistaken about anything. He has the personality of a five-year-old.
The New York Times has produced a balanced and comprehensive account of Hillary’s reaction to her husband’s infidelity; http://www.nytimes.com/…/p…/hillary-bill-clinton-women.html…
It shows that Hillary neither approved, enabled or excused Bill’s behavior after Bill’s confession. It does not show she attacked any of his accusers after she realized that her husband had lied to her.