Right-wing author Dick Morris is quick to attack political opponents’ actions, even when the force of his own logic appears to undermine his argument.
Case in point: during a Monday appearance on right-wing host Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, Morris tried to blame the Clinton administration for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, even though George W. Bush had been president since the beginning of that year.
Morris also appears to blame the U.S. Constitution for the attacks by blasting criminal trials afforded to the plotters behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
The car bomb which was detonated in the basement of the North Tower injured scores of people, but miraculously only six were killed.
“[The] other point here is the reason 9/11 happened is that Bill Clinton treated the ’93 bombing of the Trade Center as a crime, not as an act of war,” Morris told Hannity. “And now Obama is going through the exact same situation [with the Christmas plot].”
The implications, according to Morris, being that Obama may be on track to somehow cause a more devastating attack by not superseding the suspect’s constitutionally-guaranteed access to the criminal justice system.
Twenty-three-year-old Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly tried to ignite a PETN bomb in his underwear on a Christmas day flight into Detroit, is facing charges in federal court.
What Morris neglects to mention is that the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, who attempted to destroy an American Airlines flight, was treated in the exact same manner by the Bush administration.
By his own logic, Morris would appear to be suggesting that Bush is somehow to blame for the failed underwear bomber, or the suicide attack on the CIA, or any other seemingly unrelated act of violence against Americans — simply because a failed terrorist was tried and locked away under his watch.
Richard Reid was convicted in 2003 of eight charges related to his attempted bombing and is currently serving out a life sentence in a Colorado supermax prison.
Obama draws straight line from ‘birther’ paranoia to the rise of Trumpism: analysis
On Saturday, writing for The Intercept, Murtaza Hussain broke down how former President Barack Obama's new book connects the dots directly between the racist "birther" conspiracy theories surrounding his presidency, and the rise of the political movement surrounding Donald Trump.
"Obama does not spend much time directly discussing his experience of race while in office, but, to the extent that he does, he makes a convincing case that the anti-intellectual populist movement now known as Trumpism began in part as a racial backlash to his own presidency — specifically, Trump’s conspiratorial campaign to establish that Obama had been born in a foreign country and was thus ineligible to hold office," wrote Hussain.
Here’s what Trump could do to tank the economy out of pure vengeance
Less than a week before the 2020 election, I interviewed a number of psychologists who speculated that if President Donald Trump lost to former Vice President Joe Biden, his narcissism might cause him to lash out by deliberately tanking the economy. Now it seems like that prediction might have been correct — although the reasons may have as much to do with the Republican Party's longstanding traditions as Trump's individual flaws.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Anti-vax groups online are helping to radicalize the QAnon movement
The alliance between anti-vaxxers and QAnon followers is rapidly increasing as they continue their efforts to spread massive amounts of disturbing misinformation amid the pandemic. One glaring example centers around one incident that occurred last week.
Facebook opted to nix a massive anti-vaccination propaganda group with more than 200,000 members last week. However, the group was not shut down for the dangerous public health misinformation its members posted, but rather, the disturbing promotion of QAnon, reports Huffington Post.