4 theories why Donald Trump’s many falsehoods aren’t hurting him

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Christie doesn’t ‘recall’ Trump’s version of 9/11 response in NJ.

Robert Kiger, the head of the Donald Trump-supporting SuperPAC Citizens for Restoring USA, told CNN’s Carol Costello on Monday that members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement “don’t really” have a right to protest at Donald Trump rallies for the same reason that “I wouldn’t go into a black church and start screaming “white lives matter!’” The pair were speaking about the unfortunate incident at a Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama over the weekend in which a #BlackLivesMatter protester was set upon by attendees.WASHINGTON — On the same weekend that Donald Trump suggested a black protester at his Alabama rally deserved to be “roughed up,” the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner retweeted false and inflammatory statistics on race and crime, The Washington Post notes.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been accused of running a hate campaign after he claimed to have seen “thousands” of people cheering the 9/11 attacks from New Jersey.“I saw them steal the microphone from Bernie Sanders and he just yielded, which surprised me”; ‘‘You know, when you say it’s a big movement, I don’t think it’s a big movement.

First he claimed on Saturday that “I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as [the World Trade Center] was coming down.” Confronted with the fact that this is completely false, Trump insisted on Sunday, “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations…that tells you something.” Then on Sunday he (or someone from his campaign) tweeted out a graphic with phony statistics purporting to show how murderous black people are (and illustrated with a picture of a young black man with a bandana over his face, pointing a gun sideways, gangster-style). The discredited graphic, which alleges that blacks are responsible for most of the murders of black and white victims in the U.S., is not supported by FBI data. Trump first told the story on Saturday at a rally in Alabama, as he stressed the need for greater surveillance, including monitoring certain mosques, in the wake of the Paris attacks. “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down.

He told CNBC co-moderator Becky Quick that he never referred to Marco Rubio as “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator” even though the statement is on Trump’s own website. I don’t,” said Christie during a stop in New Hampshire on Sunday when asked about Trump’s characterization, which was first reported by NJ Advance Media. The statistics reflect what has long been true about homicide in America: people are usually killed by people they know, including people they are related to or live near. The governor, who is also seeking the GOP nomination, instead spoke about how he had family and friends who were in downtown Manhattan. “I do not remember that. When he tries to convince people that most white murder victims are killed by black thugs (again, false), he isn’t arguing for some policy approach.

That kind of story sticks to the who-what-where-when approach: Trump tweeted this, he was criticized for it, here’s how it was inaccurate, here’s Trump’s response. This week, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop called the Republican frontrunner “plain wrong” and “shamefully politicizing an emotionally charged issue.” The Anti-Defamation League slammed Trump as “factually challenged.” New Jersey Gov.

Any value judgments that appear will be spoken by Trump’s critics (though not his primary opponents, who for the most part are dancing around any criticism of what Trump said). Interestingly enough, fact-checking as a formal genre of journalism can be traced to another campaign that prominently featured Republican race-baiting, the 1988 election. Bush’s campaign into not only focusing on distracting issues that had little or nothing to do with the presidency, but also into becoming a conduit for ugly attacks with little basis in fact. Over the following few years, many decided to institutionalize fact-checks, at first for television ads in particular, and later for all kinds of claims made in politics. While there’s plenty of slippage — you still see claims that have been proven false referred to as “controversial” or “questionable” — the existence of the fact-checking enterprise has allowed reporters to be clearer with their audiences about what is and isn’t true.

What you’ll have to look harder for is reporting that puts what Trump said in a context that goes much deeper than the campaign controversy of the week. When David Duke nearly won the governorship of Louisiana in 1991, it was reported in the national media as a story about racism, with a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan garnering a majority of the white vote as he lost a runoff election. Few in the media hesitated to call Duke a racist, in large part because even at the time he was perceived as representing yesterday’s racism, antiquated for its explicitness (even if Duke did try to clean up his views for the campaign).

It simultaneously insists that Muslims can be good Americans, and accuses them of hating America and says their places of worship ought to be kept under government surveillance. In every case, Trump proclaims that he’s no racist while tapping into longstanding racist stereotypes and narratives of the alleged threat posed by minorities to white people.

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