Friday, August 28, 2020

Truth will set you free


I use The Washington Post fact checker to gain perspective on the political speeches that I hear or read. I believe that it is important to try to find the truth amid the rhetoric. 

In terms of being loose with truth and facts, one person that intrigues me is Vice President Pence. He professes to be a very conservative Christian, by his own admission, with a very fundamentalist point of view. But, I cannot help but wonder as I listen to him.

His speech on the third night of the Republican National Convention, however, was riddled with untruths. I expected more of him. The Washington Post recorded seven false claims. 

One untruth that is particularly egregious is the following:

Pence made the following statement:


“When asked whether he’d [Biden] support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, ‘Yes, absolutely.’”
— Pence
The Trump campaign is determined to spread the fiction that Biden supports “defunding police.” But that is simply false, according to Biden, his campaign and a review of his remarks. Pence is misquoting Biden, just as President Trump’s millions of dollars of campaign ads on the issue (which have earned Four Pinocchios) misquote him.




I found this video that makes me wonder about the vice president and what he truly believes. 

By the way, I know that some people believe that lying and untruth is expected of politicians, but comparing the third night of the Democratic Convention with the third night of the Republican Convention is insightful. The Democrats made 2 statements worthy of fact check note compared to 20 by the Republicans. Pence himself made 7 of the false claims. 

And yet, it is the Republicans who accuse the news media of Fake News. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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