Democrats and some of their liberal media cohorts have been using a photo of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian migrant to smear President Donald Trump as a cruel reprobate whose immigration moratorium is costing lives.
According to Time magazine, the migrant boy seen in the photo, Alan Kurdi, died while fleeing the Syrian war: “(T)he family crowded onto a small inflatable boat on the beach of Bodrum, Turkey. A few minutes into the journey to Greece, the dinghy capsized. Alan, his older brother Ghalib and his mother Rihanna all drowned.”
What both Democrats and their unscrupulous peers in the liberal media have neglected to mention is that this drowning occurred nearly a year and a half ago, i.e., when President Barack Obama was still in office.
Take a look at one patently misleading headline-and-photo combo below, via The Huffington Post:
Yet when Kurdi died in 2015, neither Democrats nor the liberal media tried to connect his tragic demise to then-President Obama. They were right not to, since the president did not directly cause Kurdi’s death.
The case could be made, however, that he did indirectly cause it.
To my colleagues: don't ever again lecture me on American moral leadership if you chose to be silent today. pic.twitter.com/XW7sjmCcXh
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 28, 2017
Writing for The New York Times in late 2015, Ethics and Public Policy Center senior fellow Peter Wehner noted that Obama purposely avoided intervening in the Syrian civil war out of fear that he might upset Iran.
“The president, perhaps fearful of offending the pro-Assad Iranian government with which he was trying to negotiate a nuclear arms deal, chose to sit by while a humanitarian catastrophe unfolded,” Wehner noted. “As Walter Russell Mead wrote in The American Interest, ‘This crisis is in large part the direct consequence of President Obama’s decision to stand aside and watch Syria burn.'”
Unfortunately, as an old saying has it, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
This is someone Trump would ban from entering America. pic.twitter.com/09x4Gng3Kl
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) January 25, 2017
Even with the facts about this tragedy on hand, neither Republicans nor their conservative media brethren ever tried to link Kurdi’s death to Obama. That would have been wrong and disingenuous.
When it comes to tying the boy’s death to Donald Trump, on the other hand, Democrats and their liberal media buddies have no qualms about lying through their dingy teeth.
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