In a story covering Robert and Rebekah Mercer’s alleged role in brokering the Ted Cruz endorsement of Donald Trump, the Washington Post chose to selectively fact-check a statement from the influential conservative donors, and the results are–no doubt inadvertently–quite unflattering to Hillary Clinton.
The article begins by identifying the Mercers, long-time backers of Ted Cruz who now run a pro-Trump super PAC, as the “one key bridge” between the former rivals. The story claims “the Mercers played a role behind the scenes encouraging a detente.”
In a statement to the Washington Post, the Mercers signaled support for Cruz’s decision and explained why they believe this election is so critical:
For the first time in many decades, American voters have the chance to turn their backs on the political elite, an elite both Democrat and Republican, that has chosen as its leader Hillary Clinton, a dedicated foe of both the First and Second Amendments and the most dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent politician ever to seek the American presidency. Even such great Americans as Mitt Romney and George Bush have stooped to endorse Mrs. Clinton rather than risk electing a president who follows the will of the people. We have long supported Senator Ted Cruz. He has waged a fearless battle against the elite throughout his career. We are delighted that he is joining us and a growing army of Americans in support of Donald J. Trump’s candidacy for the presidency of the United States of America.
Following the statement, the Post included this parenthetical fact-check:
(Neither Romney nor either of the Bush presidents — George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — has endorsed Clinton. A family friend said George H.W. Bush plans to vote for Clinton, but his aides have not publicly confirmed that.)
The Post, which is owned by globalist tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, felt it necessary to declare that neither the Bushes nor Romney have formally “endorsed” Hillary Clinton. This is a defensive posture by the Post and a dishonest one at that.
Mitt Romney has actively fought Donald Trump, starting with staging a widely publicized comeback speech specifically to attack Donald Trump. If only he had opposed Barack Obama with the same vigor! The 2012 GOP nominee has also actively encouraged third-partiers to campaign against Trump, mocked Trump’s family, and held a “NeverTrump gathering,” to name a few things.
The last two Republican presidents have been conspicuously absent from the national dialogue during this election cycle, with the exception of the prominent rumor that George H.W. Bush will be voting for Hillary Clinton. His aides have not publicly denied it.
It’s obvious to any observer of American politics with common sense that for past presidents and nominees of the Republican Party to not support the GOP’s chosen candidate is tantamount to endorsing Hillary Clinton. Only the smug, deluded, and left-wing disagree with this.
But no one accused the establishment of having common sense.
While Romney, the Bushes, and the media play word games, the Executive and Judicial Branches hang in the balance.
What is perhaps most noteworthy about the article is not what the “Bezos Post” chose to fact-check, it’s what they chose not to fact-check. The Mercers state unequivocally that Hillary Clinton is “a dedicated foe of both the First and Second Amendments and the most dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent politician ever to seek the American presidency.”
So, not only is Clinton the least qualified candidate ever to seek the highest office in the land, but she is also, according to the statement, anti-U.S. Constitution.
These claims did not merit a Washington Post footnote (differing on the semantics of the word “endorsement” did).
Thus, by employing the Post’s own standard of when to include a clarifying parenthetical, it is safe to assume they affirm the fact that Hillary Clinton is “the most dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent politician ever to seek the American presidency.”
We couldn’t agree more.