US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence at the White House to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, on September 11, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — I am definitely not condoning the behavior, but the constant outrage over President Trump’s nasty habits of making stuff up, getting facts wrong, and outright lying about things is getting to be a bit much.
The intense focus on every lie and half-truth, large and small, runs the risk of promoting tune-out and distracting people from the falsehoods that really matter.
For instance, yesterday, a list was circulating on Facebook of Mr. Trump’s alleged lies about his behavior on and after 9/11.
Some of the claims were, appallingly, true.
For instance, Trump gave no money to 9/11 charities in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, despite having publicly promised to do so.
Other items on the list were impossible to prove one way or the other.
But there is one claim – repeated by now-President Trump during 9/11 ceremonies yesterday, that really deserves scrutiny.
“Soon after” the attack, he said “I went down to Ground Zero with men who worked for me to try to help in any little way that we could.” Butthere is no evidenceto support that claim.
And the New York Fire Department chief who was supervising the crews at Ground Zero says he has no record or recollection of Trump or his crew ever showing up.
This is what you call “stolen valor,” most often seen when people claim military service they never performed or honors they never earned.
People gave their lives to do what Trump claims – apparently falsely – to have done.
And that’s something well worth calling out.
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