Michelle Obama Does Extreme Mental Gymnastics on Protest Violence in Attack on Trump


Michelle Obama’s litany of lies keeps getting longer.

The former first lady has a well-established reputation for twisting the truth to suit her political viewpoint — as the Daily Caller demonstrated again just last month — and finding racism where no one, including herself, had seen it before.

But in a video shot on behalf of the Joe Biden presidential campaign that deliberately mingled distorted fact with liberal fiction, Obama took the gaslighting of America into a whole new realm:

The violence that has plagued the country for months, playing almost nightly on television screens and incessantly on social media, represents only a “tiny fraction” of the protests occurring in the U.S., Obama said.

And President Donald Trump and his supporters are clearly “racist” for arguing otherwise.

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Obama’s statements were part of a 24-minute “closing argument” posted to YouTube Tuesday by the Biden campaign.

“They’re stoking fears about black and brown Americans,” Obama said. “Lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs. Whipping up violence and intimidation. And they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.

Do you think liberals understand that Michelle Obama is distorting the truth?

“It’s true, research backs it up,” she said. “Only a tiny fraction of demonstrations have had any violence at all.”

That’s great to know. It’s also irrelevant to the “overwhelming majority” of Americans who’ve been watching their country being attacked from within since May, when a suspected counterfeiter named George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis.

It’s a good bet it’s irrelevant to each and every one of the victims of the violence that Obama so blithely dismisses, whether it’s the families of murder victims like retired police Capt. David Dorn in St. Louis, or small business owners like a woman in The Bronx, New York, who took to social media to accuse Black Lives Matter protesters of wanton destruction because “you wanted to loot the store. You needed money.”

In the mathematical worlds of proportions and percentages, the demonstrations might be peaceful. In the real world of flesh and blood, dollars and cents, where buildings burn and men and women die, they’re anything but peaceful. Obama’s statement is a lie.

For Obama, however, those losses of lives and livelihood are apparently negligible – the results of only a “tiny fraction” of protests she claims are for “racial solidarity.”

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And that’s where a second lie comes in.

To most Americans, “racial solidarity” was what the Rev. Martin Luther King was striving for when he preached in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech – trying to convince the country to commit itself to building a society where it’s the content of character, not the color of skin, that’s important.

That’s not the game anymore, and even liberals know it. A group that calls itself “Black Lives Matter” is not pushing racial solidarity, even if its most violent adherents seem to be young white people – probably idled through a combination of closed colleges and their own arrogant laziness.

A group that accosts strangers in public — motorists on the street or diners in restaurants – is not fostering “racial solidarity.”

It’s fostering violent intimidation, bullying and brutality. In other words, it’s behaving as leftists have behaved since the French Revolution.

As The Daily Wire noted, Obama’s claim that only a “tiny fraction” of protests descend into violence appears to be based on a Princeton University study that showed that 93 percent of demonstrations between Floyd’s May 25 death and Aug. 22 have been peaceful.

The problem, of course, is that there were more than 2,400 demonstrations throughout the country during that time period. And that, as the Washington Examiner’s Byron York pointed out, leaves an awful lot of room for murderous mayhem in the name of bogus “racial solidarity.”

That might not be a bad record for warlord-ridden Somalia, but in a country that prides itself on the rule of law, it’s a disgrace. Yet it’s one Michelle Obama and her crowd are seemingly proud of.

Michelle’s arguments had plenty of critics taking apart the obvious logical problem:

Obama knows what she’s saying of course. She’s never been a stupid woman. Her intended audience — the college-educated white women Democrats are counting on this election — probably see the problem too. An argument as obviously faulty as the one Michelle and the Princeton study authors are pushing isn’t really designed to convince anyone.

It’s to provide cover – moral, possibly intellectual – to American liberals who see with their own eyes what the left is doing to the country, yet want some semblance of an excuse to maintain their own preening superiority over Trump supporters. They want to be able to keep their up own self-conscious virtue signaling without facing the reality of what they’re unleashing.

“Only 7 percent of demonstrations turn violent,” liberals can tell themselves as they vote for Biden and Kamala Harris, and every other Democrat on the November ballot whose election will mean nothing but endless trouble for the country.

“That means the progressive movement is overwhelmingly peaceful. Michelle Obama said so.”

She said so, all right. And no matter what the statistical argument is, it was a lie: a lie so blatant, only a liberal could pretend to believe it.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.