It’s truly astounding how many lies one person can tell in a matter of just a few days. And it’s even more astounding when that person is a prominent public figure, appearing in multiple interviews in a media-saturated event, who speaks on behalf of an entire political party.
But Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is quite the over-achiever. In an interview with CNN’s White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar, Wasserman Schultz issued not one, not two, but three false statements regarding yesterday’s rapid change in the Democratic Party’s platform– and all in less than four minutes!
Lie #1: During the floor vote to include God and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the Democratic Party’s platform, Wassermann Schultz said, “there wasn’t any discord.”
That’s about as blatant a lie as you’ll ever hear anyone tell as even Keilar referenced the audible “boos” heard from the delegates on the floor of the convention. The audio proves Wasserman Schultz is either flat out lying, or hard of hearing.
Even Rep. Allen West (R-FL) has capitalized on this sentiment, by quickly turning around an ad slamming his opponent as belonging to the party who rejected God. It’s reminiscent of Peter’s thrice denial of Jesus before the rooster crowed the next morning. (Matthew 26: 73-75)
Lie #2: There was a clear 2/3 majority in the affirmative to re-include God and Jerusalem into the Democratic platform.
When Keilar asked, “And did you really feel like it was two thirds? It seemed like a lot of people felt like maybe it wasn’t quite there,” Wassermann Schultz responded, “Yes, it was absolutely two thirds.”
If it was so clear that 2/3 voted audibly in the affirmative, why then did Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa move to have the vote counted not once but three times? Typically a recount indicates that the initial count was too close to call, implying there was no clear majority.
Once the amendment was adopted, despite a lack of clarity on whether or not a 2/3 majority supported it, shouts of “boo” could once again clearly be heard.
Lie #3: “I’m proud of our president’s stellar record on Israel… he always has had Israel’s back and always will.”
Wasserman Schultz may be proud of Obama’s record on Israel, but it is far from “stellar.” In March, the president was hesitant to fully support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on just how dangerous Iran is, causing concern that the president may be putting politics ahead of the safety of our Middle East ally.
In fact, in 2008 President Obama promised to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program, through diplomacy no less, and yet Iran continues to advance in the development of nuclear weapons. And as of September 3, the United States has reportedly indicated to Iran it would not support an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
So much for having Israel’s back.
Wassermann Schultz also said the inclusion of God and Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel vote occurred because” President Obama… personally believes that Jerusalem is and always should remain the capital of Israel…” Ok this one isn’t a lie. The president has in fact stated that Jerusalem will continue to be the capital of Israel.
But despite the president’s clarity on that point, it’s difficult to know exactly where his White House stands on the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This point is proven beautifully by the White House press secretary’s avoidance of answering that question last month.
When asked by a reporter in a White House press briefing back in July, Jay Carney could not say with certainty which city the White House recognizes as the capital of Israel.
Despite this testy exchange with Carney, Wasserman Schultz was adamant that the president stands behind Israel and Jerusalem as her capital as she said at least five separate times in the CNN interview. If the president’s position is as clear as Wasserman Schultz asserts, why did Carney, the White House press secretary, have such a tough time stating it?
Three lies in roughly three and a half minutes. “And the Gold medal for most lies packed into an interview goes to… the Democratic congresswoman from Florida and Chairwoman of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz!”
Cue The Star-Spangled Banner.
(Oh, and this series of lies comes just hours after she falsely accused Red Alert sister company The Washington Examiner of misquoting her. The audio proved that Examiner writer Philip Klein was correct in quoting Wasserman Schultz. The hypocrisy is strong with this one, Obi-Wan.)
Hat tip to The Right Scoop for finding this interview.