After eight years of ignoring ‘alternative facts’ distributed by the administration of President Barack Obama, the left has discovered them now that President Donald Trump has taken office. Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard testimony about Trump’s executive order freezing entry to the US from seven nations where anti-American terrorism is a problem, federal Judge James Robart (Washington State) came up with some astounding ‘alternative facts.’
If Americans are harmed because of this judge’s stay, will critics say, “The judge lied; people died?”
Byron York has covered the proceedings resulting from leftwing backlash against Trump for taking steps very similar to those Obama took without much criticism. York has disproved the judge’s claims. So has the Associated Press. The claims are so erroneous, Robart’s nationwide stay on Trump’s EO should be tossed.
During proceedings in his court, Robart asked the Dept. of Justice attorney, “How many arrests have there been of foreign nationals for those seven countries since 9/11?”
The DOJ attorney didn’t know the answer to that. In a ‘gotcha’ moment, the judge said:
“Let me tell you. The answer to that is none.”
York, doing due diligence, came up with facts that place the judge’s ‘alternative facts’ in the realm of pure fiction. York reported that as of Dec. 31, 2014, at least 60 individuals from countries Trump’s EO covered “were tried and convicted of terror related offenses.”
The Associated Press, often perceived as friendly to the left, also came up with evidence the wire service politely said proved the judge “wrong.”
Part of the problem tracking actual terrorism cases has to do with Obama’s reluctance to call a terrorist a terrorist. For example, in 2012 an Iraqi refugee tried to blow up a social security office in Casa Grande, Arizona. I was one of the few who covered this story. Obama’s Dept. of Justice didn’t charge this man with terrorism. The DOJ even removed the press release announcing the indictment of Abdullatif Ali Aldosary from the government website and from the Internet Archive. DOJ, however, missed removing the press release from the FBI website.
Patrick Poole, writing for Pajamas Media, a conservative website, did cover the story. His account is published at Scribd. If you read the FBI release and his account, as well as the account I provided at The US Report, you must admit the Obama DOJ politicized this incident and was not held accountable by any media for what are seriously flawed “alternative facts.”
Robart had no basis whatsoever for usurping executive powers. The entire judicial system was silent, as were extreme left groups, when Obama rightfully took measures for national security. Hopefully harm will come to no one in our country because a federal judge opted to play politician instead of upholding US laws.
Leftist media in the US, aided by Democrats in Congress, have given the world the impression Trump has banned Muslims from the US. That is another alternative fact. Media, in reporting false information, is fanning US sentiment abroad.
Trump’s EO applies temporarily to seven conflict-plagued countries. There is no change in policy for Muslims or anyone else who enter from 42 other Muslim majority countries.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 8, 2017)
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