January 25, 2015

We all knew that the troll under the bridge wasn't going to let the rest of the GOP clown car have all of the fun this Saturday at Steve King's wingnut Iowa "Freedom" Forum. He opened things up right out of the box by spewing a pack of lies about Hillary Clinton and Boko Haram.

From Media Matters: CNN's Newt Gingrich Parrots Debunked Right-Wing Smear About Hillary Clinton And Boko Haram:

CNN contributor Newt Gingrich revived a debunked claim about Boko Haram's designation as a terror group in order to attack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to attendees at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Gingrich claimed that the Obama administration, currently and during Clinton's tenure at the State Department, is not doing enough to confront terrorism threats. As evidence, Gingrich pointed to Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group based in Nigeria, saying, "Boko Haram has ten thousand fighters, and last year Boko Haram killed more people than Ebola. But the State Department for years, under Secretary Clinton, wouldn't even list them as a terrorist group."

The implicit argument of Gingrich's attack is dishonest -- experts, including a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria appointed by President Bush, opposed designating Boko Haram a terror group out of concern it would empower the extremist group. Read on...

As they noted, this is "right out of the conservative playbook" and something we've been hearing from the pundits over at Fox for a while now.

They're going to beat this ridiculous meme that both President Obama and Hillary Clinton are terrorist appeasers who are "afraid to name the enemy" from now until the cows come home.

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