Just the facts, ma’am

There were a whole bunch of words flying around the first presidential debate. It kept the fact-checkers busy all night. As the left-wing news media gives Joe Biden a break, and soft sells his inadequate answers to reasonable questions, it might be good to look at a few of the mud slings Joe “here’s the deal” Biden threw up to see what stuck on the wall. How about starting with the longstanding debate on President Trump’s taxes. To be honest, I do not know why this is an issue. Tax returns are private. It’s nobody’s business how much a person pays in taxes. And that is a constitutional underpinning of the Fourth Amendment, protecting the right to privacy. But these days, the Constitution doesn’t seem to matter.

For the record, President Trump said that he paid millions in taxes. Biden said that Trump only paid about $750 in taxes. The New York Times, which claimed in a sensational hit story that it had Trump’s tax returns, reported that Trump said that his liability should have been $750 because he had overpaid his taxes. That is the story that the Democrats and Biden focused on rather than the truth—go figure. The NYT actually reported: “Mr. Trump paid alternative minimum tax in seven years between 2000 and 2017 — a total of $24.3 million, excluding refunds he received after filing. For 2015, he paid $641,931, his first payment of any federal income tax since 2010.” See how they twist the truth?

Debate moderator Chris Wallace and Joe Biden double teamed Trump to demand he condemn white supremacism, as if Trump had never done so. Two days after the Charlottesville, VA violence in August 2017, President Trump said, “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups.” A month later, he signed a congressional resolution condemning white supremacy. In 2019, following shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Trump said, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy…These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.” Both Wallace and Biden repeated the “very fine people” hoax as well.

There were many more lies that were allowed to stand during the debate: Antifa is an idea not an organization; Biden left Trump a booming economy; Biden didn’t call military members “stupid bastards”; Biden’s son didn’t receive $3.5 million from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow; that Biden didn’t support the Green New Deal; and on and on. The problem was that the “debate” was so visceral that the normal person couldn’t digest all the lies fast enough. Ephesians 5:6 says, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” There are consequences to believing lies and falling prey to deception. Let’s not let this year’s election be one of them.

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Bill Wilson