By an overwhelming margin, President Barack Obama was selected by Red Alert Politics readers as the ‘Liar of the Year.’ And while the POTUS certainly deserves the win, we’d like to also pay homage to a few other top liars this year.
Reader Pick: President Barack Obama
President Obama captured almost 63 percent of votes out of a total of almost 2,900 votes, outpacing his closest competitor Democratic National Committee (DNC chair), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, by 52 percentage points.
What’s the reason for Obama’s landslide victory? Where do we start?
Let;s start with the Obama administration’s Benghazi scandal, during which he repeatedly contradicted not only members of his administration, but himself. First his administration said the the Libya attacks were a result of the video, then he reportedly said they were terrorism, then he again blamed the video — back and forth with no clear answer. And it took the President three months to admit there was any sort of “sloppiness” involved on the part of his administration in the security at the Benghazi consulate.
He also claimed, among other things, that he was reelected because the majority of Americans support tax increases on the rich— which he can’t possibly know — that Mitt Romney wanted to ban abortions and that Stephanie Cutter never said Romney was a felon or liar.
And don’t even get us started on the deceitful, manipulative or downright inaccurate ads released by his campaign during the 2012 election, all of which he had to lawfully approve.
RAP Staff Pick: Stephanie Cutter
Even though she placed fourth in our reader poll, the Red Alert Politics staff decided Stephanie Cutter was our Liar of the Year. As the Obama 2012 deputy campaign manager, she spent a great deal of time covering up for the Obama administration and tearing down Romney. Perhaps most notably, she accused Romney of shady and potentially illegal dealings with Bain Capital, something that was denied by multiple sources, including Democrats. ”Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony, or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments,” Cutter told reporters on a conference call.
Cutter then refused to apologize for her remarks, tried to argue that she hadn’t really meant it like that and told Romney to stop whining.
The deputy campaign manager also claimed to have no knowledge of Joe Soptic or his wife’s condition following an attack ad released by Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA, blaming Romney for the death of Soptic’s wife. Yet Soptic himself had explained the entire situation to the Obama campaign during a conference call. Oops.
Runner Up: Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Though her second place ranking wasn’t even close in the reader poll, DNC chairwoman and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz certainly deserves the number two spot.
When questioned about the dispicable Priorities USA Joe Soptic ad, Wasserman Schultz denied even knowing the political affiliation of the PAC.
“I have no idea what the political affiliation is of folks who are associated with that Super PAC,” she said on national television, despite the fact that it is run by a known Democrat, former deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton.
She also criticized Washington Examiner journalist Philip Klein for “deliberately” misquoting her. But Klein had recorded the audio of the interview, proving that Wasserman Schultz was lying.
Many of our readers have mentioned that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice deserved spots on our ‘Liar of the Year’ list for their questionable responses to the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, 2012. While they didn’t make the original top ten cut, we’d like to give them their just dues now and explain why they were not on the original list.
Clinton and Rice both contributed to the fog of lies and cover-ups that surrounded the Benghazi attack. A few days after the assault Rice claimed that it was spontaneous, brought on by a vile YouTube video. Shortly after that, Clinton said the attack in Libya was a result of terrorism.
Rice got her just desserts for the spin-fest, effectively losing her probable Secretary of State nomination as a result of her handling of the attacks. She was not included on the original list because it is highly possible that she was in fact given false information by the White House, which she blindly repeated and was potentially unaware that she was spreading false information.
Clinton wasn’t originally included in the list because no one is sure whether she actually lied or not because she has yet to even testify before Congress. Clinton’s sudden illness kept her mostly out of the fray, but she is expected to face the music eventually — if not now, surely in 2016 if she makes another run at the White House.