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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Trump Stumbles On Day One: Conservative Media To Social Media To Blame?

Do you recall Mitt Romney's pre-election 2012 fiasco? 

No not that one. 

I am not referencing his widely publicized and potential voter shushing 47% comment in Boca Raton, Florida. My reference is to his ill-fated Chrysler plant closing comments during a run through the State of Ohio State. The one of a kind candidate literally stood with a audience in a Chrysler Jeep plant and commented that Chrysler would be closing plants. Major speaking SNAFUs happen.  Why does it seem GOP candidates accomplish Richter Scale 8.5 speech SNAFUs? 

As SNAFUs go Donald Trump has given the GOP its immigration quote of the campaign.  His comments about Mexican Immigrants offered yet another glimpse into the inner psyche of some conservatives. The Trump remarks clearly indicate the shallowness of information resources often quoted by GOP candidates. 

Mitt Romney garnered the spotlight in the lede section of this piece due his the classic example of information-misuse.

Romney and the Jeep Chrysler

Bloomberg....March 2014
Remember the closing days of the 2012 presidential campaign when Mitt Romney ran that explosive ad suggesting Chrysler was going to stop building Jeeps in Ohio and move production to China? The one that got “Four Pinocchios” from the fact-checker at the Washington Post? The one Romney himself echoed in a speech he delivered near the Jeep plant in Ohio: “I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China.” 
Forbes 2012 Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne
“Chrysler Group’s production plans for the Jeep brand have become the focus of public debate.
“I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China. 
“North American production is critical to achieving our goal of selling 800,000 Jeep vehicles by 2014. In fact, U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled (it is expected to be up 185%) since 2009 in order to keep up with global demand. 

“We also are investing to improve and expand our entire U.S. operations, including our Jeep facilities. The numbers tell the story:
  • We will invest more than $1.7 billion to develop and produce the next generation Jeep SUV, the successor of the Jeep Liberty — including $500 million directly to tool and expand our Toledo Assembly Complex and will be adding about 1,100 jobs on a second shift by 2013.
  • At our Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where we build the Jeep Grand Cherokee, we have created 2,000 jobs since June 2009 and have invested more than $1.8 billion.
  • In Belvidere, where we build two Jeep models, we have added two shifts since 2009 resulting in an additional 2,600 jobs.
The Atlantic explored the apparent Romney lie and found it to be a bit more complicated. While Chrysler eventually expanded Jeep production in China, the Atlantic piece properly ferreted out the essence of the 2012 campaign fiasco.
This claim got four Pinocchios and was later named PolitiFact's 2012 "Lie of the Year": 
It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign -- that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep's parent company gave a quick and clear denial, Mitt Romney repeated it and his campaign turned it into a TV ad.
At the end of the issue lay the reality of Romney and his campaign teams failure: following the writings of conservative bloggers and  conservative  social media.

It appears Donald Trump may have taken the same wrong turn on the path to SNAFUville. As reported by CNN's Don Lemon, Trump and his staff either misread a Fusion piece or Trump did what Trump often does: embellish for affect.  


Trump Completely Misread Fusion Article About Immigration and Rape

by  | 7:43 pm, July 1st, 2015

Donald Trump has never been one to apologize. And at this point, he has doubled, tripled and quadrupled down so hard on his presidential campaign announcement comments characterizing Mexican immigrants as “rapists” that he has no real choice but to find some sort of justification for his blatantly inflammatory words. 
The candidate’s latest explanation for why he has been repeatedly calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” came during a preview clip from interview with CNN’s Don Lemon that will air later tonight. 
“If you go to Fusion, you will see a story: About 80% of the women coming in — you know who owns Fusion? Univision!” Trump told Lemon. “Go to Fusion and pick up the stories on rape. And it’s unbelievable when you look at what’s going on. So all I’m doing is telling the truth,” Trump told Lemon. 
When the host pushed back, noting that the stories concern female immigrants being raped, Trump shot back with this instantly classic quotes. “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it!” Trump said. “Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
To find the answer to Trump’s question, we can turn to the Fusion article he loves so much. Headlined,Is rape the price to pay for migrant women chasing the American Dream?” the 2014 piece, written by Erin Siegal McIntyre and Deborah Bonello, found that “a staggering 80 percent of Central American girls and women crossing Mexico en route to the United States are raped along the way.” According to Fusion’s reporting, “perpetrators can be coyotes, other migrants, bandits, or even government authorities.” 
The article highlights the horrific plight that female migrants face during their journeys north to the United States. The authors quote one lawyer who has worked helping women along the Mexico-Guatemala border as saying, “[These migrants] know the price to pay for getting to the United States. The price is being sexually violated.” 
So yes, Donald, “somebody’s doing the raping.” But in his original comments, he explicitly said that Mexico is “sending” these rapists to the United States. “What do you think they’re going to send us their best people, their finest people?” he asked in a follow-up interview. “The answer is no.” 
While it’s possible, as the Fusion article reports, that some of these rapes are being committed by fellow migrants, the larger problem they are describing stems from gangs that control territory south of the border forcing women to “pay” for their passage with sex. That does not mean, as Trump has never stopped insisting, that Mexico is somehow sending all of its “rapists” to the United States. 
One ironic outcome of this whole saga is the Google results that come up when one searches, for instance, “Mexican rapists.” While that query may have once brought up Fusion’s insightful, nuanced story, now it’s nothing but Trump’s nonsense. 
For more, watch Fusion’s video report below:
[Photo via screengrab]

Oh, the GOP campaign trail is already awash with insanity.


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