Facts don’t matter.
That creeping — and creepy — leftist relationship with the truth became apparent before Donald Trump was placed in the progressive crosshairs. The unofficial onset of the burgeoning facts-don’t-matter subculture came with the debunking of the infamous “hands up, don’t shoot.” The left asserted that the actual facts of the Michael Brown hoax perpetrated on the unwitting folks of Ferguson, MO, and the rest of the nation were largely irrelevant because, more importantly, it advanced a critical narrative about racist cops and a racist nation.
Narrative uber alles. To hell with the truth or the collateral damage. And Ferguson turned out to be just a dress rehearsal for what happened after the evil Trump was elected president.
Well, with the crumbling, preposterous story of Jussie Smollett — a two-fer since it demonstrated both the racism and homophobia of Trump-supporting scum — it is now beyond time to turn the whole narrative thing around on the left. Only we shall do it with actual facts.
How has the left attempted to fabricate hatred and bigotry among the Trump faithful — and other beneficiaries of white privilege? Let us count the ways. The number of documented hoaxes by the real haters, many of which occurred shortly after the election of President Trump, will astound you.
William Tucker, 58, of southern New Jersey was arrested by Philadelphia police for vandalizing multiple vehicles and homes the day after Trump was elected. In an effort to smear Trump and his supporters, he had written messages like “Trump Rules” and “Black B*tch” on an African-American woman’s car and also allegedly spray-painted Trump’s name next to a Nazi swastika on a storefront window.
As Babson College students Parker Rand-Ricciardi and Edward Tomasso drove through Wellesley College in celebration of Trump’s victory, other students claimed Ricciardi and Tomasso harassed onlookers, spitting and yelling slurs at anti-Trump students. Police found no evidence to support the hate crime claims.
Similarly, a black female student at Villanova University alleged that after Trump’s victory, a group of white men knocked her to the ground as they yelled “Trump.” The woman later dropped the charges and asked campus police and local authorities to shut down their investigations.
Taylor Volk, a student at North Park University in Chicago, said six days after the election that she had received notes and e-mails containing homophobic slurs and Trump references. University President David Parkyn confirmed that the student had fabricated the entire story.
A woman who posted to her Facebook page that she had been sexually assaulted by Trump supporters admitted to making up the story because she was “distraught over the recent election.”
In December 2016, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan faked a hate crime attack, alleging that a white man threatened to light her hijab on fire. The woman managed to escape punishment.
In a similar hate hoax case in the month after Trump’s victory, a New York City Muslim woman claimed that she was attacked by a group of Trump supporters on a subway train, an incident that the New York City Police Department said did not happen. Yasmin Seweid, 18, was charged with filing a fraudulent police report.
In Ann Arbor, MI, that same month, a Muslim student’s claim that she was threatened for wearing her hijab also was discovered to be untrue.
A white man, David Williams of Denton, TX, claimed to have been the victim of a racist hate crime after someone wrote “n*gger lovers” on his garage door. After police opened an arson and hate crime investigation into the incident, Williams admitted he had done the whole thing himself.
In Volusia County, FL, 27-year-old Vincent Palmer perpetrated a similar hoax, ultimately admitting to local police that he wrote a message using racial slurs with “KKK” and “Trump” references and taped to his ex-girlfriend’s car just before throwing a brick through the back window, dousing it in gasoline, and setting it ablaze.
Two students at Williams College in Massachusetts also hoaxed an incident, pouring fake blood on staircases of a building and spelling out “AMKKK KILL” on the walls.
A Muslim student in Lafayette, LA, made up a story that she was robbed and her hijab was pulled from her head by Trump supporters.
…we see a lengthy pattern of anti-Trump hoaxes…
In June 2017, three black students at the University of Albany — Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell, and Ariel Agudio — each received three years of probation and 200 hours of community service after police concluded that they had fabricated a story about a group of white men attacking them on a bus. The women charged that they had been called the n-word and verbally assaulted. The so-called hate crime whipped Black Lives Matter and the Albany campus into a frenzy and kicked off the Twitter hashtag campaign #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany.
In December 2018, a student at Drake University, Kissie Ram, admitted to sending racist notes to herself and others and arranging white supremacist robocalls in an attempt to stir up race-based outrage. Ram was eventually outed and threatened with expulsion, but not before the school’s president preached, “We still have a lot of work to do to create the welcoming and supportive community we aspire to be ….The forces of hate are mobilized, but they don’t control us or what happens on our campus,” and thousands of Drake students, staff, and alumni rallied against racism on campus.
Two months earlier, a 19-year-old from Long Island, NY, Adwoa Lewis, told detectives that four teenagers confronted her as she drove home, yelling “Trump 2016!” and telling her she did not belong there. Lewis also claimed that she woke up the next morning to find her car’s tires slashed and a note with the words “Go home.” The entire story was made up, and Lewis was charged with making a false written statement.
So here we see a lengthy pattern of anti-Trump hoaxes perpetrated by leftists since the 2016 election. It seems unlikely that these damnable lies were coordinated or orchestrated. But since most of these false stories garnered spectacular headlines, they prove that the left’s belief in narrative over facts represents a clear and present danger to America. For as it was once said, and is especially true in this global internet age, a lie travels around the globe while the truth is putting on its shoes.
In the end remains an obvious question: If leftists must resort to breaking the law with false and scurrilous accusations in order to undergird their narrative, how real can the narrative be?