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The banality of fact-checking

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Today we have the pathetic spectacle of various news organizations pointing out that Donald Trump’s tweets suggesting that AOC et. al. go back to “their broken and crime-infested countries,” are factually inaccurate, because three of the four Democratic members of Congress he targeted were born in the United States, while the fourth left her country of birth at the age of six.

This kind of fact-checking misses the point, which is that Trump’s claim is that these women of color — that all of them are women of color is hardly a coincidence — are not really Americans, no matter what the technical facts may be.

To Trump’s base, aka Republican voters (Trump has a 90% approval rating among Republicans), the residents of this country can be divided into three categories: Americans, the blacks, and foreigners.

You’re probably a foreigner if you have a funny-sounding name and/or are neither white nor black, and/or identify as a member of a pagan religion, such as Judaism or Islam. (If you check two of these boxes you are definitely a foreigner, but one can sometimes do it too, under the right circumstances. Not so fast Mr. Miller — please step to the left).

Trump’s whole birther thing was always intended — how do the fascist-enablers put it? — seriously but not literally. Of course BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA wasn’t literally born in Kenya, but he might as well have been, because he wasn’t American, not really.

Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their “broken and crime infested” countries. Condemnation of his comments “doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” he declared.

He’s right about that.

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