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Can The Democrats Beat Trump With A Campaign Of Lies?

Tulsi and Kamala
Democratic presidential contender Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) recently attacked fellow Democrat Senator Kamala Harris for lying about her record as California’s Attorney General.

According to Sean Hannity’s newsletter, Rep. Gabbard said, “Kamala’s entire campaign is based on a lie — that as AG of California, she was a fighter for the oppressed and for criminal justice reform. But her criminal justice record shows that her policies exemplified the worst aspects of our criminal justice system.”

Gabbard further said, “Sen. Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record.  There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

We agree with Rep. Gabbard that, in a field of noted prevaricators, Sen. Kamala Harris stands out as perhaps the biggest liar, but the fact of the matter is the Democratic Party’s entire campaign against President Trump is based on lies.

Take for example the Democrats’ steady drumbeat of lies about the economy.

Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have suggested good economic news is simply an illusion — that many Americans are working two or three jobs “to pay the bills" and “to survive.”

Even The Washington Post’s “fact checkers” rated that false – concluding that real number of Americans working two jobs is around 5 percent, with no assessment as to whether that was a choice to make a major purchase like a larger home or some other lifestyle choice, as opposed to doing so “to survive.”

Indeed, The Daily Caller’s David Krayden reported that the number of people who have to work more than one job is actually shrinking in Trump’s economy, and in January, applications for unemployment insurance fell to 1969 levels.

But that hasn’t stopped California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris from continuing to lie about how bad the economy allegedly is for America’s working families.

“[They say,] ‘The economy is great. It is doing great for everybody.’ And then you ask them, ‘Well, how is that?’ Well, they’ll point to the stock market. Well, that’s fine if you own stocks. Then you’ll ask them, what’s your other measure? And they’ll talk about well, the unemployment rate is down. That’s fine,” The Washington Post quoted Harris as saying.

“Yeah, well, I’ve been traveling our country. People are working. They’re working two and three jobs to pay the bills. It’s not working for working people,” she continued, without offering any evidence.

Harris doesn’t talk about black unemployment being the lowest in history under Trump, either.

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders also likes to push the multi-job canard when he’s out on the campaign trail, recently declaring, “Millions of Americans are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive.”

Beto O’Rourke, trying to rise out of the political D List, has painted a similar employment picture of over-worked Americans with little time for rest or relaxation reported Mr. Krayden.

“I have already shared with you that many are working second or third jobs. In fact, in Texas, half of your colleagues are working a second or third job just to put food on the table,” O’Rourke told an Iowa crowd, according to Fox News.

A quick factcheck showed O’Rourke’s claim that “half” the workforce in Texas is working two jobs applied specifically to teachers only. What’s more, the U.S. Department of Education conducted a study that used a random sample of teachers that showed only 18 percent of teachers nationwide took up more than one job to earn more money.

The reality is, not only are more people employed, with fewer working a second job, hourly wages have risen by 7% since President Trump took office. And the hourly wage has risen far more among blue-collar workers. Production and nonsupervisory workers have seen an 11% increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And then there are the lies about guns.

During the last Democratic debate Beto O’Rourke said no other country comes even close to the number of gun deaths in America, which he pegged at 40,000.

Even Left-leaning Politifact marked that down as mostly false, pointing out that in 2017, there were 39,773 firearm injury deaths in the United States (12.2 firearm deaths per 100,000 total population), according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of those deaths, 60% were recorded as suicides and 36.6% were homicides, according to the CDC. The other 3.4% were marked as unintentional, undetermined or the result of "legal intervention/war."

Another study, conducted by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, looked at firearm mortality around the world from 1990 to 2016.

In 2016, the most current year in the study, there were an estimated 251,000 firearm injury deaths worldwide. The study found that more than half of those deaths were recorded in six countries: The United States, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala.

Take a look at the number of firearm injury deaths in each of these countries in 2016, according to the study, in order of the total number of deaths:

Country                2016 Firearm Deaths      Deaths per 100,000 Population

Brazil                     43,2000                                 19.4

United States     37,200                                   10.6

Mexico                 15,400                                   11.8

Colombia             13,300                                   25.9

Venezuela          12,800                                   38.7

Guatemala          5,090                                     32.3

In firearms deaths per population the United States is last among the top six, and if you look strictly at firearms deaths per capita the United States barely makes it into the top twenty.

And then there is the lie that President Trump "doesn't deny" the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

Here are 7 examples of President Trump condemning and rejecting the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Finally, there are the lies too numerous to mention about President Trump and the Russians.

As our friends at The Washington Examiner put it so well: To sell bad policy, you need to start with a false premise.

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