Remember 2016 and the news stories surfacing about Hillary Clinton and her emails? Remember the document dumps on her emails and Trump jumping all over the documents ultimately proclaiming “Lock her up”. Well, consider this from CNN:
"’Remember that Hillary Clinton gave Russia 20 percent of American uranium and, you know, she was paid a fortune,’ Trump said on the campaign trail in October 2016. ‘You know, they got a tremendous amount of money.’
That wasn't true then. And now an investigation authorized by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into potential wrongdoing by Clinton has turned up a total of zero wrongdoing of any sort by either Hillary or Bill Clinton -- or anyone associated with the Clinton Foundation.” Chris Cillizza
Now fast forward to 2020:
“The New York Post's latest report about Hunter Biden is "an avalanche of damning information" that speaks to the corrupt practices "of the Biden family business," Sean Hannity told viewers Wednesday night.” Fox News
Now it is time to consider who figures prominently in the New York Post’s report. From Politico:
“The cast of characters is equally familiar: Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney whose amateur sleuthing in Ukraine helped lead to Trump’s impeachment, features prominently in the story, as does Steve Bannon, the 2016 Trump aide who steered opposition research that portrayed Clinton as corrupt but were often misleading or factually dubious.”
So, wait…Rudy Giuliani, the President’s hack man, and Steve Bannon, figure prominently in the New York Post story with promises that Rudy Giuliani has more?
Can anyone say Déjà vu? This is the same tactic that was used in 2016. Moreover, sources lacking credibility fueled the 2016 documents dumps as they are fueling the New York Post story on Mr. Biden and his son Hunter.
However, this pattern of conduct does not end with the New York Post on the Biden family. There is more. Donald Trump is also engaging in the spread of more fake news. From Forbes:
“Trump Promotes Baseless, QAnon-Endorsed Conspiracy Theory Alleging Obama Staged Bin Laden’s Killing
On Tuesday afternoon, Trump retweeted an article from an account with a history of promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory alleging “Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed” and that Bin Laden may still be alive.
Robert O'Neill, a former Navy Seal who claims to be the one who actually shot and killed Bin Laden, lashed out at the president on Twitter for pushing the conspiracy theory. “It was not a body double,” O’Neill says.”
There is a pattern of conduct developing here, one that is supported by a history of distortion and lies. Whether the New York Post is true or not, it appears it is a part of a pattern of propaganda being used to fool the voting public diverting their attention away from the facts to campaign messaging designed to mislead voters.
We are not making any judgments on recent actions by Facebook and Twitter to remove links to the Post story. However, we will say that there is a pattern here, and the pattern shows just how far people associated with Donald Trump, including Mr. Trump himself, will go to distort facts, lie and spread propaganda based on distorted facts and lies.
Trump is doing as he did in 2016, relying on his political hacks to spread the “news” while he tweets about it and then goes on to spread conspiracy theories.
Here is hoping that the facts about the New York Post story come out in an objective manner allowing voters to make value judgments based on the facts.
Brace yourselves America, there is more to come from Mr. Giuliani, the Trump hatchet man who is willing to do anything to stay in Trump’s favor allowing him to stay in the public eye.
We hope a critical and factual evaluation of the New York Post story occurs cutting through all of the political BS that is happening causing the facts to be lost in politics.
It is important to note that investigations do not support The New York Post story:
“Despite Trump-driven allegations of self-dealing and corruption, multiple investigations by Republicans and Democrats have shown no evidence that Biden — the Obama administration’s point-man on diplomacy with Ukraine — took actions counter to official U.S. policy. In fact, multiple senior officials testified during the House impeachment inquiry last year that Biden’s work made it more likely that Burisma would face a robust corruption investigation, his son’s position on the board notwithstanding. Though some officials indicated Hunter Biden’s board position created the “appearance” of a conflict, they said it never affected official U.S. policy.” Politico
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