Opinion The Trump team discovers facts are stubborn things

17:43  03 may  2018
17:43  03 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Facts are stubborn things . Bernard Mandeville, An Enquiry into the Origin of Honor, and the Usefulness of Christianity in War (1732). The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs has a close variant also in 1732 [OXFC]

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Those defending President Trump’s nativist initiatives would like to assure you that the policies are not based in bigotry.

Unfortunately for them, they keep bumping up against the facts.

Trump administration Solicitor General Noel Francisco, defending Trump’s travel ban at the Supreme Court last week, asked the justices to ignore Trump’s anti-Muslim statements during the campaign, because “the president has made crystal-clear on September 25th that he had no intention of imposing the Muslim ban.”

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And, in the case of Team Romney's evasions about tax returns, John Adams' warning rings especially true: " Facts are stubborn things ." POLITICS. Congress. Donald Trump . 2018 Elections. Extremism.

“ Facts are stubborn things …” In the years leading up to the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775, the rebel-rousing Sons of Liberty used an engraving of what they called “The Boston Massacre” to encourage anti-British sentiments.

Alas, Trump made no such remarks on Sept. 25, 2017. In an extremely rare gesture, Francisco sent a letter to the justices Tuesday correcting the record. He meant to say Jan. 25, 2017. “It’s not a Muslim ban,” Trump told ABC News that day, “but it’s countries that have tremendous terror . . . people are going to come in and cause us tremendous problems.”

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Still not crystal clear — and Francisco’s correction created new problems.

Four months after Trump was supposedly clear in disavowing the Muslim ban, his website was still touting a policy “PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION” and promoting “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” The page finally was deleted that May, on the same day a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, during the travel-ban argument, asked about the Web page.

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Call it “Gnomeland.” The synopsis of the most recent episode would be : Team Trump belatedly discovers that health care is complex. Which is why a future version of “Gnomeland” will have this as its summary: “ The Trump team learns something John Adams knew: ‘ Facts are stubborn things

" Facts are stubborn things , and at Ford we ' re proud of the facts ," Fields said. Trump 's error was quickly seized on by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of his presidential rivals, who said that he, in fact , deserves credit for Ford's decision.

Six months after that, in November 2017, Trump retweeted three white-supremacist propaganda videos purporting to show Muslims beating children and smashing Christian iconography. White House spokesman Raj Shah defended Trump’s circulation of the videos by explicitly linking them to Trump’s travel ban. Shah said that “the president has addressed these issues with the travel order.”

And on Monday of this week, after Francisco assured the high court that Trump had changed his ways, Trump announced that he had no regrets for proposing to ban Muslims from entering the country. “There’s nothing to apologize for,” he said at a news conference. “We have to have strong immigration laws to protect our country.” That’s consistent with his previous complaints about the Justice Department “stupidly” watering down his initial travel ban to be “politically correct.”

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In fact , he sometimes can actually be to the Left of what the Obama Administration accomplished. So many Trump voters have said in entrance and exit polls they like him because he “tells it like it is .” But he never does. He just says hateful, prejudiced things .

Facts are stubborn things ; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

The legal test in such cases is whether a “reasonable observer” would think the policy is grounded in bias. How could a reasonable observer conclude otherwise?

Francisco is not the only one to discover recently that facts are stubborn things. There’s also the awkward case of Dan Stein, longtime president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which has played a key role in developing and defending Trump’s immigration crackdown.

Two weeks ago, when I wrote about Trump describing immigrants “breeding” in sanctuary cities and noted that Trump regularly uses the language of white supremacists, I included an old, oft-repeated quote from Stein saying immigrants use “competitive breeding” to dilute the white majority.

Stein fired off a letter to editor: “I have never, ever made any such statement. In fact, there is no entire quote available from me that contains that sentiment. Don’t believe me? Find it.”

I found it. Actually, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which brands FAIR a hate group, found it. “It’s almost like they’re getting into competitive breeding,” Stein told the Albany Times Union in 1991. “You have to take into account the various fertility rates in designing limits on immigration.”

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But facts are stubborn things . They did hack into this campaign.” In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Trump said Sunday that new revelations about Russia’s influence on his behalf are “ridiculous.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has his facts wrong when it comes to claims the Republican presidential candidate pressured the company into scrapping plans to build a plant in Mex. " Facts are stubborn things , and at Ford we ' re proud of the facts ," Fields said.

Confronted by The Post’s letters editor, Jamie Riley, Stein acknowledged he had known about the “entire” quote all along. He then argued that the reporter “got it wrong” all those years ago — even though Stein has since voiced similar thoughts.

Stein has said liberals used immigration “to retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance.” In an interview with Tucker Carlson in the Wall Street Journal in 1997, he said many immigrants “hate America,” and he defended the notion that intelligent people should reproduce more: “Should we be subsidizing people with low IQs to have as many children as possible?”

In that same interview, he said: “Certainly we would encourage people in other countries to have small families. Otherwise they’ll all be coming here, because there’s no room at the Vatican.’’

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, said in 1993 that “for European-American society and culture to persist requires a ­European-American majority, and a clear one at that.”

This group now has an outsized influence on Trump immigration policy. As Vice reported last year, FAIR’s former executive director became ombudsman of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and various other officials, including Jeff Sessions and Kellyanne Conway, have ties to the group.

Stein would like us to think the immigration proposals he and his administration allies promote are based on social science, not prejudice. Francisco would like us to think the president has disowned his Muslim-baiting past. A reasonable observer would be skeptical.

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