• PolitiFact Defends Beto O’Rourke — Then He Opens His Mouth and Embarrasses Them

    Surge Summary: Several months ago, “fact checking” operation PolitiFact saw no indicators Beto O’Rourke is planning on taking the guns of law-abiding Americans. The actual words from the candidate’s mouth, however, eventually reveal otherwise.

    On Friday, Texas senator Ted Cruz took it the putative “fact-checking” website PolitiFact. It had asserted the saw no evidence Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is planning to “take our guns”. Unfortunately for the outfit’s conclusion, the candidate explicitly and very publicly announced the exact opposite during Thursday night’s Democratic debate.

    Mairead McArdle/National Review writes:

    “When we see that being used against children . . . h*ll yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke said from the debate stage when asked if he was proposing that the government confiscate legally owned assault-style weapons. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

    “Just a reminder, when I said it, PolitiFact (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DNC) rated ‘Beto wants to take our guns’ as FALSE,” Cruz wrote in a tweet. “Maybe they should buy one of his new t-shirts,” he added, along with a picture of a shirt being sold by the O’Rourke campaign which reads, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”

    Apparently, a line from a Cruz campaign song had accused the candidate from El Paso of wanting to “open borders and . . . take our guns.” In March of 2018, Politico had branded the claim with a “false” rating.

    “We saw no language authorizing or directing officials to take existing guns,” PolitiFact said of a failed House measure backed by O’Rourke, which would ban the future sale of AR-15s.

    Then, at September 12th’s Dem gathering, O’Rourke inconveniently bellowed his commitment not only to ban the sale of the firearm, but force those who already own them to sell them back to the government. Other than that, admittedly, there’s no evidence PolitiFact missed their call on this one…

    Granted, the website’s “false” verdict on Ted Cruz’s claim was issued last March. O’Rourke’s gun grabbing eruction was days ago. Reminding us: it’s never safe to assume Leftists won’t take their ideological passions to warped, unconstitutional extremes. Those who forget that caution do so to their own personal and professional risk.

    (Note: In response to Sen. Cruz’s recent statement, PolitiFact issued the following:

    Editor’s note, Sept. 16, 2019: In response to Cruz’s recent complaint about this 2018 report, we published an explanation of our methodology: We rate statements based on the information known at the time the statement is made. For more detail, read our response.) 

    H/T: Mairead McArdle/National Review

    H/T: PolitiFact

    Image: Adapted from: Por Erik Drost – Beto O’Rourke in Cleveland, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77478045

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