Rep Peter King Gets Caught in a Lie Thanks to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Then Blurts “I Don’t Care About Fact Check!”
CNN’s Soledad O’Brien seems to be in the business of driving Republicans batty as of late. (For reference, see here, here, and here.) That’s probably because Soledad O’Brien is in the habit of inserting facts into the conversation and Republicans aren’t in the habit of addressing facts. They traffic in propaganda and fear mongering, so when facts are at issue, Republicans generally don’t respond well.
The latest Republican to become unhinged at the idea that facts matter is Rep. Peter King, who still pushes the lie that President Obama apologizes for America. According to King, Obama’s apologies to the Arab world sent mixed messages, and helped cause the unrest in Libya and Egypt.
Rep. King said President Obama “did virtually nothing to protect us and was actually putting out statements in Arabic sympathizing with the demonstrators and those attacking the American embassy. What it’s done is it’s created a climate which created an attitude in the Middle East where our allies don’t trust us.”
Then O’Brien noted that King had been accusing President Obama of engaging in an “apology tour”, and pressed King to clarify what he meant. “Where do you see an apology?” she asked him.
King brought up President Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo as an example, but O’Brien pointed out that President Obama didn’t apologize for anything in that speech.
“Everyone keeps talking about this ‘apology tour’ and ‘apologies’ from the President,” said O’Brien. “And I’m trying to find the words “I’m sorry, I apologize’ in any of those speeches — which I have the text of all those speeches in front of me. None of those speeches at all. And if you go to factcheck.org, which we check in a lot, they all say the same thing. They fact check this.”
“I don’t care what Fact Check says,” King snapped back.
Well, ok,” said O’Brien. ‘There are fact checks. You may not care, but they’re a fact checker.”
“No, Soledad,” King replied. “What I’m saying is any common sense interpretation of those speeches, the President’s apologizing for the American position. That’s the apology tour. That’s the way it’s interpreted in the Middle East. If I go over and say that the U.S. has violated its principles, that the United States has not shown respect for Islam, that’s an apology. How else can it be interpreted?”
What King is really saying is that only his interpretation matters. If Republicans call it an “apology tour” , even if it’s not, then that’s what it is, and no one should question that, at least that’s King’s thinking.
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