The “anatomy” of a slander

My wife took me to a friend’s birthday party on Saturday.  I had a feeling it would be some Women’s March afterparty, and I was right, but hey – if I plan on running for congress I better get used to being surrounded with people who disagree with me.

It actually was okay – for the most part I was able to stay away from the inane kinds of conversations that are the reason I don’t discuss politics with most people.  The one woman I did talk to, though we disagreed we were able to have a productive conversation.

But there was one issue that left me a bit sad.  It was the whole “grab them by the pussy” comment.  See, whenever I hear a charge like this, I don’t like taking people’s word on it.  I tend to go research for myself.   So I did the same here.  Even though the very thought of listening to bugged private conversation about people’s sexual habits leaves me wanting to shower with acid.

But anyway, here’s the infamous clip.  Primed to the moment of the infamous quote.  Enjoy.

Did you hear what he said?  Here, let me put it in context.  “When you’re rich and famous, they let you do it.  You can do anything … [you could even] grab them by the pussy [and they’ll be fine with it.]”

The point he was making is, when you’re rich and famous, women tend to throw themselves at you.  You could do something as outrageous as grabbing them by the pussy and they’re fine with that.  Which was an interesting observation given the context.  Because after they leave the bus and when the lady greets them, she spontaneously hugs Trump but his sidekick needs to ask for an awkward sloppy seconds.  Thus underlining Trump’s point.  And it’s a valid point that merits a discussion of its own.

So I explained this to her, and she got curious.  Curious that someone would actually research the quote for himself. “So where did you find the scene?  On Youtube or something?” she asked.  There was almost an agreement that researching such an issue is pretty sleazy.  And it was … I harbor a resentment for being forced to delve into something like this.

Because with this in mind, we can see the anatomy of such a slander.   I mean think of the utter depravity of someone who thinks putting this out to the public is a good idea.

Someone in the Hillary campaign or in the media favorable to her researched this clip and pulled it out.  They purposely misinterpreted it as Trump saying he goes around grabbing strange women by the vagina.  And they disseminated this idea far and wide.  People who trusted them with the news took this as fact, and it soon became “common knowledge”.  The very idea of factchecking (something liberals love to tout BTW) never entered this conversation.  Skeptics were ridiculed or shamed as misogynists.

An entire reality has now been created where people think Trump and his supporters are running around forcefully grabbing strange women by the pussy.  Down to the rally’s official hat – a pussy hat.  And all sorts of references by young and old protesting this false reality.

Lies will warp a mind into ugliness

And the fact is, we can’t live in a world where everyone factchecks, where everyone is suspicious of everything they hear.  It would be a cold heartless world.  So we find people we trust, and listen to what they have to say, until a time they betray that trust.  And then we find someone else.  It reminds me of a line I heard from Penn Jillette about people who believe mystics.   “It’s not that they’re stupid, it’s that they decided to trust a criminal.”

And that’s what the people who disseminated this slander about Trump are.  Criminal frauds.  They are not to be trusted.  This includes the Womens March organizers, this includes the media, this includes Hillary Clinton, this includes the entire Democratic party as it stands.  They could have run an honest campaign on the issues.  Instead they resorted to this.

And the the thing is, this fraud doesn’t limit itself to this issue.  Black Lives Matter relies on taking out of context footage – footage that always shows some kind of struggle between a civilian and a cop.  They then misrepresent it as a cop shooting a helpless black man for being black.  And build an entire astroturf movement on it.

Ahmed Clockboy was represented as a poor Muslim kid oppressed for his science project, when the reality was anything but.

I could go on but I need to stop.  This issue invokes the kind of moral outrage in me that makes me understand why false prophets were burned at the stake during religious movements.

Because you can’t blame the kids, and you can’t prosecute the ones who incited them.