If they hadn’t realized it before, the Democrats have a credibility problem. As much as they may be desirous to pin the racist label on Donald Trump in their ongoing devotion to toppling his presidency no matter the means, to say they have an integrity problem with the public is a bit of an understatement.
Case in point is their firm reliance upon the word of Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois as their lone source in attributing “hate-filled, vile, and racist” slurs to the President. Dick Durbin? Really? This is as honest a broker as the Democrats can turn to.
The guy who was exposed by Politico in 2013 for blatantly lying about an exchange between a Republican House leader and President Obama? Durbin had accused the unnamed Republican official of saying to the President’s face, “I cannot even stand to look at you.” Not only did the Republicans deny any such statement was made, so did President Obama:
Asked about the post in the White House daily briefing, press secretary Jay Carney said he checked with a participant of the meeting in question.
“I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen,” Carney said.
Durbin never apologized for his lie and no further action was taken by the Democrats to censure him for his slander.
Further, while the alleged statement of the president would be indeed unfortunate if he did in fact use it, would the comparison of troubled and oppressed foreign states to a “craphole” be more offensive than the comparison of American soldiers to “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags,” or a “mad regime” like “Pol Pot?”
But you actually don’t have to go back to 2005 or 2013 to demonstrate Durbin’s willingness to go sleazy in an effort to advance his politics. Attempting to stir up racial division for the sake of accruing power, Durbin has recently taken to calling the phrase “chain migration” a racist dog whistle.
To be sure, President Trump’s untamed tongue and inability to exercise discretion over his impulsive tweets and statements offers the left plenty of opportunities to strike. The problem seems to be that those they let do so have found a way to be poorer in character than the man they attack.