Chairman's Corner - I heard it from a friend who...

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 10:25 PM | Deleted user

In the legal profession, we call this “hearsay” evidence, and it’s not admissible.

In music, we say, “I heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another you’ve been messing around...”

In journalism, the standard is, “if it makes Trump look bad...PRINT IT!”

Of course I'm talking about the recent article in The Atlantic claiming President Trump disparaged the military dead during a 2018 visit to the American Cemetery in Verdun to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

The article sent shockwaves as several anonymous sources claimed that the President called those who died in the war "suckers" and "losers."

Democrats and "NeverTrump" Republicans were quick to jump on the bandwagon, citing Trump's statements in 2016 regarding John McCain, a former Vietnam POW, "I like people who weren't captured" as proof he would have made those remarks.

Of course, the reason for Trump's snarky retort in 2016 was McCain's constant attacks on Trump and was aimed at the fact that McCain constantly used his wartime record and status as a POW as a shield to deflect criticism for his loathsome and divisive actions throughout his political career, and not a statement about POWs in general. But back to The Atlantic article.

While the anonymous sources also spoke to FoxNews, which validated the sources as being those inside the Administration, FoxNews also delve into John Bolton's highly critical new book about his tenure in the Trump White House, The Room Where it Happenedwhich covered the trip highlighted in The Atlantic article and painted a very different picture of events:

Bolton even went on FoxNews to go on record that the statements made in The Atlantic article were "simply false."

Since then, there have been renewed calls for the sources to "come forward."

While there should be protections for whistleblowers, there is no way for the American people to judge the credibility of the sources or determine if there is not a certain conflict of interest. Maybe they were fired and are making this up for revenge?

Also, why is a two year old story coming to light now?

When this "bombshell" finally fizzles out, we can expect the media to concoct something else to dump on Trump before November 3. At this point, however, the media's credibility is shot and the only voters who will be influenced are the ones who are already willing to believe anything they hear from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another that Trump has been messing around.

Yours in Freedom,

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Jason Shepherd

Chairman, Cobb County Republican Party

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