El Paso GOP: ‘ Just Because Trump Tells Lies Doesn’t Make Him a Liar’
This is from a press release sent to me Monday from the El Paso Republican Liberty Caucus. I have been waiting to see how some of my fellow Republicans in El Paso will respond to Trump’s whopper during the SOTU speech about El Paso being “one of the most dangerous places in America until a fence was built”.
I thought they’d do better than this.
The press release starts with general praise about what a great orator the POTUS is:
Last Tuesday, February 5, 2019, President Trump delivered an overwhelmingly positive State of the Union Address which was received very well by the El Paso RLC and the greater El Paso Republican Party.
Yep, he’s a wordsmith alright. I understand Lincoln also used to have to rely on supporters to think for almost a full week before explaining “what he really meant to say” in HIS speeches, too.
Then, the EPRLC arm of the GOP cited the statement they thought most in the need of spinning:
TRUMP: “The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives.”
The press release then goes on to explain that they’re explaining the president’s statements because a lot of people need the concept of “lying” to them:
After reviewing data provided by the border patrol, FBI uniform crime statistics, and personal accounts from many citizens we have concluded that the President misspoke in part due to misinformation given to him from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other advisers. We do not at all think the President lied as many who oppose the President mindlessly are quick to proclaim, but neither do we, as a group defend this statement as accurate. We support our President and feel honored to receive him in this beautiful city that we love, El Paso, Texas.
See? A statement can be both “not accurate” and “not a lie” at the same time. So all of you “mindless” critics who took umbrage at what the president said need to realize, Trump doesn’t MEAN what he says. He just says things that other people tell him without bothering to have anyone check it for him before repeating it in a speech watched by millions of Americans. And, besides, isn’t an apology good enough for you haters? I mean, since that speech, Trump has apologized for his misstatement…let me just check Google real quick…hmm. Nothing. Let me check Twitter. Nope. Breitbart?
OK, guys, so…it looks like Trump hasn’t said anything about his non-lie that Ken Paxton forced him to tell on every single television network yet.