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The Return Of 'Unskew' The Polls! Donald Trump Edition

In the lead-up to the last presidential election, conservative bloggers thought they had discovered a grand conspiracy among pollsters to suppress Mitt Romney’s polling numbers, a claim that Romney’s campaign appeared to have embraced as well, and declared that the polls must be “unskewed” to find the truth.

Of course, the polls, if anything, underestimated President Obama’s lead, and conservatives who urged Romney supportersnot to believe the polls and instead to expect a Romney landslide were, at least briefly, mocked and humiliated.

One such person who promoted the idea that polls were biased against Romney was Donald Trump, who said that polling firms oversampled Democrats to create an anti-Romney narrative:

Naturally, Trump is now saying the same thing about the polls, or “poles,” that are showing him lagging behind Hillary Clinton:

Several Trump backers also believe that the polls, which uniformly show him trailing Clinton, have been skewed against him.

Yesterday, radio host Alex Jones and WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah urged Jones’ listeners not to believe the polls showing Trump trailing Clinton, saying that in reality the two are either neck-and-neck or Trump has a double-digit lead.

Jones said that liberals are “attacking” and “stabbing people” in hopes of intimidating Trump supporters from voting because they know “Trump’s going to win with a Reagan-style landslide.” Trump campaign sources, according to Jones, tell him that “Hillary is just trying to act like she’s really winning and have the media say it because they’re looking at stealing the election.”

The bogus polls, he said, will help Clinton get away with the theft. He added that he wears his Trump hat in “communist areas” to inspire people to be more open about their support for the presumptive GOP nominee.

Farah agreed that polls aren’t to be trusted, adding that he knows Trump is ahead based on his analysis of “anecdotal relationships,” warning that “if they steal the election from him it’s all over, America’s over.”

Oliver Willis of Media Matters also found conservative pundits such as Sean Hannity and Jim Hoft alleging that the polls are skewed against Trump, just as they falsely claimed that the polls were skewed against Romney :

On Fox News host Sean Hannity’s official website, a blog post complained the poll “is heavily skewed.” On his June 27 radio show, Hannity cited the partisan breakdown and described it as a “misleading poll” because the media is “in the tank for Hillary.”

Hannity apparently didn’t learn his lesson about attempting to unskew polls in 2012, when he was saying things like, “These polls are so skewed, so phony, that we need to start paying attention to what’s going on so that you won’t be deflated.”

In a post purporting to highlight “More Polling Tricks” from an “EXTREMELY SKEWED” poll, conservative blogger Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit complained this week that “Reuters freighted their poll with 20 percent more Democrats than Republicans” and concluded that “we can safely say that Trump appears to be in much better shape than the poll suggests and could likely be headed to a landslide victory in November.”

Hoft made a similar argument in September of 2012, complaining that a CNN poll showing Obama leading Romney “drastically oversampled Democrats to get this stunning result.” He then went on to cite Dean Chambers, who said that when “unskewed” the CNN poll showed Romney leading by eight percent.

Dick Morris, who guaranteed a Romney landslide and dismissed the 2012 polls as biased “propaganda,” is now advising Trump.

Robert Jeffress: Trump-Clinton Race Is 'A Battle Between Good And Evil'

Yesterday, Donald Trump ally Robert Jeffress, an extremist Southern Baptist pastor who has joined the Trump campaign’s evangelical advisory board, appeared on “Trunews” to chat with radio host Rick Wiles about the upcoming election.

Jeffress took issue with evangelical leaders who refuse to support the presumptive GOP nominee, boasting that Trump will shift the courts to the right and work to overturn abortion rights.

“This is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats,” Jeffress said. “It’s a battle between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness, light and darkness, and I think it is time for people who say they are conservative Christians to get off the fence and go to the polls and vote their convictions.”

A fiery Jeffress dismissed those who have moral objections to supporting Trump, saying that these “weak and namby-pamby” holdouts are too “proud” and “can’t get over the fact that their candidate didn’t win” in the Republican primary.

Jeffress said that unlike President Obama, who he said “hates” conservative Christians, Trump will be a “true friend in the White House” and “appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court.”

“This isn’t about partisan politics,” he said. “This is about good and evil.”

According to Jeffress, Trump told a group of Religious Right leaders that America is in decline “because of people like you all around this table, you’re the ones who have allowed the country to get into the shape that it’s in.” “And he was absolutely right about it,” Jeffress added.

Both Jeffress and Wiles were among the 1,000 Religious Right leaders who met with Trump in New York last week.

Alex Jones: Hillary Clinton A 'Demon-Antichrist' Figure

Last week, Alex Jones attacked Hillary Clinton for looking like “Emperor Palpatine in drag,” impersonating her by saying, “Go forth my children, the day of doom is at hand, go out into the world and burn it with the great cleansing of Hillary and the great goddess. Cleanse the earth with blood, our sacred goddess of death, Kali.”

“This is like something out of a science fiction/horror film where they’re electing a cult, demon, Antichrist, Linda Blair,” he added.

Later, this happened.

Jim Bakker's Guest Warns That Hillary Clinton Has The 'Spirit Of Antichrist'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker hosted Don and Mary Colbert of “Divine Health” and Mark Taylor, a Florida man who claims that God told him that Donald Trump will be the next president, to discuss the upcoming election.

Unsurprisingly, they were all enthralled with Taylor’s “message from God,” and were quite confident that the prophecy will materialize and God will put Trump in the White House.

Don Colbert, for his part, urged viewers to stand with Trump or face “the spirit of Antichrist” found in Hillary Clinton:

When I saw this prophecy, when the spirit of God hit me like someone slapped me in the face, it awakened me and I said, ‘Wait, whose side am I going to be on?’ Remember Moses? Remember the Korah rebellion? Remember the people that sided with Korah, how the earth opened up and swallowed them?

Well, we as Christians have got to make the right choice because if we don’t, this nation is in decline and this nation will be in judgment and our children and our grandchildren will not have the great America that we want for them.

That spirit of Antichrist is majorly on one of these candidates, and that’s Hillary Clinton, and Jesus even said there will be many Antichrists in the world; well, that spirit of Antichrist is on our president right now. So, as Christians, we have got to turn out and vote. If we don’t turn out and vote, we are electing Hillary Clinton.

Trump Ally Roger Stone Calls Huma Abedin A 'Terrorist Agent'

Roger Stone, an informal adviser and confidant to Donald Trump, appeared this morning on “Breitbart News Daily,” where he accused Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin of potentially being a spy for Saudi Arabia and radical Islamist groups.

“Now that Islamic terrorism is going to be front and center, there’s going to be a new focus on whether this administration, the administration of Hillary Clinton at State, was permeated at the highest levels by Saudi intelligence and others who are not loyal Americans,” he said. “I speak specifically of Huma Abedin.”

Stone said that Abedin, who has been the target of several far-right conspiracy theories, comes from a family of “hardcore Islamic ideologues” and “has a very troubling past, she comes out of nowhere.”

“We have to ask: Do we have a Saudi spy in our midst? Do we have a terrorist agent?” he added.

In the past, Stone has suggested that Abedin is Clinton’s secret lesbian lover.

Michael Savage: Obama Reared Since High School To 'Invade America'

Michael Savage is not very good at predicting the future, but that didn’t stop the conservative talk show host from making a whole slew of predictions last week about what a Hillary Clinton presidency would look like.

Many of the absurd and inflammatory predictions were similar to the ones conservatives like Savage made about President Obama.

“One, guns will be taken away, she will make it illegal either through ammunition or registration, your guns will be seized, guns will be criminalized,” he said. “Two, she will criminalize speech, talk radio will disappear, she will pass it under the guise of the Fairness and Communications Act, and I will be gone, as will everyone else who dares to speak the truth to these left-wing fanatic vermin. That’s number two. If you think the internet will be your refuge, you are mistaken. Hillary Clinton and her illegitimate cohorts will criminalize the internet as has been done in Europe under the dictator Merkel and as it is being done around the world by the greedy pig who owns Facebook…. It’s either Trump or nothing, we have nothing left.”

If Donald Trump wins, Savage said, he will “protect us from these mobs, he’ll build a wall and throw these [undocumented immigrants] out of the country, throw these violent street protesters where they belong, which is south of the border. Just dump them there. Fly them there and leave them in the desert for all I care.”

He warned that “George Soros front groups” supporting “the harridan criminal” have made sure that “these gangs have been loosed upon those of us who wish to see a Republican, Donald Trump, win the election,” urging Trump to “hunt down” and “arrest” Soros upon taking office. He predicted that these “Mexican mobs” will soon be “knocking your door down and taking you out in the middle of the night.”

Later, Savage insisted that Obama is an Adolf Hitler-like leader who was “polished very carefully for many years as a candidate for the left” since he was “a high school student” by “a rich family” that “realized he had the perfect looks and the perfect persona to invade America and convert us into a semi-socialist, semi-communist nation.”

Because of Obama’s purported use of mob violence, Savage said, soon boxers and bikers will form far-right gangs to “protect the people from these Mexican and communist mobs.”

Roger Stone And Rick Wiles Wonder About Hillary Clinton's Lesbian Affairs

Yesterday, Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone chatted with bizarre far-right conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles about how the presumptive GOP presidential nominee will attack Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Stone accused Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting women and children, while Wiles cited a National Enquirer story to claim that Hillary has as many as four “lesbian lovers.”

While Stone didn’t comment on Wiles’ claim about Hillary Clinton, he said that both Clintons have had extramarital affairs as part of their “highly dysfunctional,” “sham” marriage.

Wiles, however, was curious as to whether Clinton could be blackmailed “by foreign powers” who know of her lesbian relationships.

“I’ve not seen the story so I don’t yet want to comment on it,” Stone replied. “But if that is the case it would be a legitimate question.”

Far-Right Pundit Warns Hillary Clinton Is A Modern-day Jezebel

Last week, Jim Bakker hosted Michael Snyder, the author of a blog on preparing for “the coming of the economic collapse and the next great depression,” to discuss a series of events that the two believe will trigger the unraveling of America.

One such apocalyptic event, according to Snyder, would be the election of Hillary Clinton, whom he compared to Jezebel, the biblical figure who killed prophets who refused to commit apostasy, and her daughter, the murderous, Baal-worshiping Athalia.

But unlike the ancient Israelites who didn’t have much choice in their leaders, Snyder said, Americans would be responsible for choosing a modern-day Jezebel as their president.

“Hillary Clinton, as I was thinking about this earlier today, two names came up: one was Jezebel and the other was Athalia,” Snyder said. “We talk about Jezebel or Athalia, well, in ancient Israel, sometimes they just had to put up with whoever because it was kings and queens, it was all in the family and they just kind of had to take whoever would come next, but we’re willingly going to choose this Jezebel to be the leader of this land? That is truly, truly frightening.”

Sandy Rios: Possible Lesbian Hillary Clinton 'Embraces Every Sexual Deviancy You Can Imagine'

After spending months promoting the presidential candidacy of Ted Cruz, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios appears to be finally ready to get behind Donald Trump, telling listeners on her radio program today that they must unite to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.

“Hillary Clinton embraces every sexual deviancy you can imagine,” she said, before once again suggesting that the former secretary of state is a lesbian because “there have been more than rumors swirling about her own sexual proclivities since before she became first lady.”

“She’s an advocate of gay marriage, and I mean a strong advocate,” she said. “She’s been endorsed by every radical homosexual activist group in the country, all the major ones, Human Rights Campaign and others, especially in New York. She gets that endorsement for a reason, you know, she gets it for a reason.”

Rios went on to praise Trump for coming out against marriage equality, claiming that it was a “gutsy” thing to do for someone who lives in New York.

Rafael Cruz: 'If Hillary Clinton Is The Next President, She Will Destroy This Country'

Earlier today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Rafael Cruz made the case for the presidential candidacy of his son, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, by citing a new survey which found that “40% of Republicans polled said that they would not support the party’s nominee if Donald Trump wins” the GOP nomination.

Trump, Rafael Cruz claimed, “is totally unelectable” and “anyone that votes for Donald Trump in the primary, they’re basically voting to have Hillary Clinton as the next president.”

“If Trump gets the nomination, that ensures that Hillary Clinton becomes the next president,” he continued. “If Hillary Clinton is the next president, she will destroy this country.”

Cruz went on to compare Trump to President Obama, a high insult in the GOP contest, saying that “we do not need another imperial president that will try to impose his will like we’ve had for the last seven years.”

Former GOP Congressman Threatens To Leave The U.S. If Hillary Clinton Becomes President

Former Texas Republican congressman Steve Stockman said yesterday that he may flee the U.S. if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

In an interview on Rick Wiles' Trunews” program alongside Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt, Stockman said that he may move to Panama to avoid the Clinton administration, predicting that she would open the nation up to a massive attack.

Stockman served two nonconsecutive terms in the U.S. House before running against Sen. John Cornyn in an unsuccessful primary challenge in 2014.

Michael Savage: Hillary Clinton Will Become A Dictator Who Will Put 'A Transgender In Your Soup'

Earlier this week on “The Savage Nation,” conservative radio host Michael Savage asked listeners what they think would happen to the country after three years of a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Savage predicted that a President Clinton would “seize guns” in order to stop an “armed rebellion.”

“She is an absolute dictator,” he said. “She will seize guns and make them illegal in any way necessary.” (We can’t help but point out that Savage has frequently predicted that President Obama will seize guns, and he now only has less than a year to do it.)

Savage also claimed that Clinton would usher in a societal “meltdown” and “a social nightmare”: “There will be a transgender in your soup.”

Michael Savage: Donald Trump Is The Victim Of Racism

Last week on “The Savage Nation,” right-wing radio host Michael Savage continued to promote Donald Trump’s presidential bid, lamenting that “there is a high degree of racism against Donald Trump.”

And who are these anti-Trump racists? Why, they’re “the deviants, the perverts, the intellectual haters of America, the losers who are jealous of anybody who has succeeded,” Savage explained.

“A tremendous degree of racism is being directed at Donald Trump and he is expressing certainly no racial issues, none whatsoever; he is expressing nationalist issues, not racist issues,” Savage said. “But the perverted, deviant left is so twisted in their thinking that anyone who stands up for our borders, our language and our culture is to these sickos a racist.”

He said that these liberals “hate Trump” more than murderers, rapists and Al Qaeda terrorists “because liberalism is a mental disorder.”

“Hillary Clinton is the race-hater,” Savage, said, claiming that she is “winning votes with vile race games” and represents “a danger to our survival.”

“Any white person who votes for Hillary Clinton is basically digging their own grave and throwing the lime into the pit,” he said. “You’re digging your own grave because she is steaming up non-white people against whites” and “blames white people for everything that’s wrong with America and the world.”

Anti-American liberals and “Third World” immigrants, he continued, “hate Donald Trump” because “they fear the real American man standing up.”

Savage also defended Trump’s plan to sue journalists who write articles he doesn’t like and was particularly upset with Rachel Maddow: “Rachel Maddow is a snickering, snide human being who is full of insecurities, she despises herself, it’s obvious by her sophomoric innuendos at every turn. She represents everything wrong with America. Trump represents everything right with America: a rich man who made it on his own.”

Journalists who spread “the KKK smear” about Trump, Savage said, “should be arrested for what they’re doing.”

“I agree with him, there should be libel lawsuits against guys like Jake Tapper, in my opinion,” he said. “If there were libel laws that permitted you to sue people who smear you, guys like Jake Tapper would be in prison, they’d be in the poor house.”

He also ranted that “all the Europeans who fled Hitler came here and the first thing they did was poison the youth, the minds of the youth; instead of thanking America for taking them in, they poisoned the youth” with “socialism” and “anti-Americanism.”

Hillary Clinton Lays Out Her Vision For the Supreme Court

In an op-ed today in the Boston Globe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes on what may be the biggest issue at stake in the 2016 election: the future of the US Supreme Court.

The court’s decisions have a profound impact on American families. In the past two decades alone, it effectively declared George W. Bush president, significantly weakened the Voting Rights Act, and opened the door to a flood of unaccountable money in our politics. It also made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, preserved the Affordable Care Act not once but twice, and ensured equal access to education for women.

On Election Day, three of the current justices will be over 80 years old, which is past the court’s average retirement age. The next president could easily appoint more than one justice. That makes this a make-or-break moment — for the court and our country.

That’s true. As People For the American Way recently laid out in our Judgment Day report, virtually every single important issue—from voting rights to guns to reproductive freedom to workplace fairness to the environment and beyond—will be at stake before the Supreme Court. And because the Justices most likely to retire in the next few years come from both sides of the bench, our country has the opportunity to pull the Court from its dangerous rightward lurch of the last decade—or to solidify a far-right majority for a generation.

But just as important as preventing the next president from appointing more Justices in the mold of Scalia, Thomas and Alito, we need to elect a President who will appoint extraordinary jurists who understand the profoundly progressive nature of our constitution. In her op-ed, Senator Clinton lays out what that looks like.

As president (and a lawyer and former law professor), I’ll appoint justices who will protect the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or political viewpoint; make sure the scales of justice aren’t tipped away from individuals toward corporations and special interests; and protect citizens’ right to vote, rather than billionaires’ right to buy elections.

Secretary Clinton isn’t alone in laying out a progressive vision for the Court. Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken repeatedly about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United and how we need to "overturn this disastrous decision.”  And Governor Martin O’Malley has promised to “appoint judges who don't think corporations are people.”

All of this is good news for progressives—and why People For the American Way has been pushing so hard for more conversation about the importance of the Supreme Court as we head into the 2016 election. But it’s not enough.

In the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to push candidates of both parties to make clear what kind of judges they’d appoint to our nation’s highest courts, because, as Secretary Clinton says, “There’s a lot at stake in this election. Nowhere is this clearer than in the US Supreme Court.”
 

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Alex Jones And Tucker Carlson Trash 'Hippo' Huma Abedin

Fox News pundit and Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson joined radio host Alex Jones yesterday to discuss Donald Trump’s success in the polls, which led the two commentators to hurl insults at Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American who is one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, for saying that “Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books” by banning Muslim immigration.

Jones compared Abedin to a hippo featured in a Ringling Bros. poster that was displayed behind Carlson: “Let’s take Huma Abedin, who I notice you have a picture behind you of her on your wall of that Ringling Bros. [poster]. That actually does look like her, Hillary Clinton’s special friend.”

He went on to say that if “Trump or a conservative” had a “special friend” like Clinton does, the media would be all over it. “Her whole background, she seems to just get away with everything,” Jones added. “I think that also sticks in people’s craw that these Democrats and establishment Republicans are above the law, they don’t get reviewed, they don’t get looked at, and then Hillary’s little hippo, she can do whatever she wants, stay in the same hotel room or whatever, this should be looked into.”

Calrson, who was apparently amused by Jones’ joke about Abedin looking at a hippo, took issue with Abedin’s “insane” characterization of Trump’s policies as racist: “That is exactly the kind of language of rhetoric that divides people, that makes people hate each other, that whips the population into a greater frenzy. That’s every bit as irresponsible as anything Donald Trump has suggested and, unlike Donald Trump, she’s actually in a position of power.”

Glenn Beck's Newest Conspiracy Theory: Donald Trump's Campaign Is A Plot To Elect Hillary Clinton

Glenn Beck dedicated an entire segment of his radio program today to absolutely excoriating Donald Trump for mocking a New York Times reporter with a disability last week and then laughably trying to deny that he had done so. After repeatedly blasting Trump, Beck eventually began to speculate that the business mogul's entire presidential campaign is part of some secret deal to help Hillary Clinton get elected to the White House.

After pointing out that pretty much all of Trump's stated positions make no sense and often directly contradict his previously stated views, Beck concluded that is is "more logical" to conclude that Trump is running for president in order to launch a third party campaign for the purpose of undermining the Republican Party and benefiting of Hillary Clinton.

"What are the odds that he is a spoiler?" Beck asked. "What are the odds that he got into this because he's friend with the Clintons and he'll get massive payback? If Hillary Clinton gets in because he ran third party, do you know the favor they're going to owe him?"

"It makes no sense otherwise," Beck insisted, asserting that "it's more logical to believe that" scenario than the idea that Trump is actually a Republican or even someone who cares about the issues. 

This new theory, of course, somewhat conflicts with Beck's previous theory that Trump's campaign was a conspiracy designed by "big business" to destroy the Tea Party. 

Rafael Cruz: If Hillary Clinton Wins, 'This Country Will Be Destroyed'

In a speech last month, Rafael Cruz repeated his claim that America will be no more if Hillary Clinton becomes president.

Cruz told an audience in Minnesota that they should support his son, Sen. Ted Cruz, in his effort to “take this country back” because “we don’t have any more time.”

If his son fails to win the GOP presidential nomination, he warned, a “mushy, middle-of-the-road, stand-for-nothing moderate like Jeb Bush” will come out on top, “and if Jeb Bush gets the nomination, Hillary will be our next president and this country will be destroyed.”

Right-Wing Pundit Prays God Will Punish Hillary Clinton Since Republicans Failed To

Channeling Michele Bachmann, WorldNetDaily columnist and Fox News regular Morgan Brittany predicted today that Hillary Clinton is set to win the presidential election and “it’s obvious that there is nothing to stop this inevitable victory except an act of God.”

Upset that Clinton didn’t trip up during her testimony before the Benghazi Special Committee last week, Brittany wrote that Clinton’s election is now unavoidable: “At this point it doesn’t look like anything can stop the Clintons from returning to the White House. If none of our best interrogators can get anything to stick, no one can.”

Wondering if Clinton’s “nomination and eventual presidency has been a set up from the get-go,” Brittany wrote that she will continue to “hope and pray that at some point the Clintons will have to answer for all of their lies, corruption and greed to a higher power, and perhaps at that point justice will finally be served.”

I must admit that in all of my years on this earth I have never seen two people get away with more lies, obfuscation and corruption than Bill and Hillary Clinton. After listening to her 11 hours of testimony about Benghazi this week, I was sure that some way, somehow she would be held accountable for something. Alas, that idea was just wishful thinking. I was at least hoping that after her emails showed that she knew the Benghazi attack was not connected to the video she would have said that she was sorry for what she told the victims’ families – but of course, she couldn’t do that, could she?



At this point it doesn’t look like anything can stop the Clintons from returning to the White House. If none of our best interrogators can get anything to stick, no one can. She snookered them into holding the hearing in public so that she could pull out the sympathy card, firmly holding her head high as they “bullied” her. I’m sure she had months with an acting coach to pull that off.

Her nomination and eventual presidency has been a set up from the get-go. Anyone who doesn’t see it has to be blind, and the sad thing is that it doesn’t look like anything can be done about it. The fix has been in for years, and that’s why the Democratic Party has no viable candidate running except her. Jim Webb knows it, Chaffee knows it (both of whom have dropped out of the race), even Bernie Sanders knows that he is just there as a sham candidate. The media will continue its fake reporting, gushing over how wonderfully presidential she is and pretending that this is an actual election. As such, it’s obvious that there is nothing to stop this inevitable victory except an act of God.

The Republican donor class certainly isn’t doing anything to counter her at this point. Who knows? Could they even want her to win?

I just hope and pray that at some point the Clintons will have to answer for all of their lies, corruption and greed to a higher power, and perhaps at that point justice will finally be served.

Sandy Rios: Clinton Benghazi Hearing Was A 'Disaster' For Republicans

In case you needed any further evidence that the Benghazi Special Committee hearing with Hillary Clinton yesterday did not go well for the GOP, American Family Radio host Sandy Rios panned the performance of the House Republicans as a “disaster.”

After calling Clinton a “consummate professional at lying and covering-up,” Rios conceded today that the former secretary of state was “wonderful” and “looked great,” while Republicans on the committee appeared to be grandstanding and incompetent.

“They are not capable, they are lined up with a professional,” she said. The right-wing radio host was also upset that Democrats on the panel were even allowed to ask Clinton questions.

The hearing went poorly for the GOP that Fox News had to cut away early from its coverage.

Republicans Revive Debunked 'Gun-Running' Conspiracy Theory At Clinton Benghazi Hearing

There were two types of questions that House Republicans posed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at yesterday’s hearing of the Benghazi Special Committee: 1) questions that had nothing to do with Benghazi (see Blumenthal, Sidney), and 2) questions that were already thoroughly assessed and answered in the seven previous investigations into the 2012 attack.

As an example of one question of the latter sort, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., asked Clinton whether the targeted U.S. facilities were being used to send weapons to armed Syrian groups.

This theory, popular among conservative activists and pundits, goes that the Obama administration used the American annex in Benghazi to arm Al Qaeda, ISIS and other radical Islamists…who then attacked the Americans, for some reason.

The Benghazi gun-running conspiracy theory has already been evaluated and debunked — much like the mythical “stand down order” — by a Republican-led congressional investigation. But Pompeo decided to ask Clinton about the long-discredited claim anyway:

The theory was first posed to Clinton in a 2013 hearing by Sen. Rand Paul, who himself admitted that he didn’t “have any proof” of the allegation.

The Associated Press reported last year that the claim doesn’t hold water…unless you believe that Republicans are aiding the supposed cover-up:

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest. But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people.



In the aftermath of the attacks, Republicans criticized the Obama administration and its then-secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to run for president in 2016. People in and out of government have alleged that a CIA response team was ordered to "stand down" after the State Department compound came under attack, that a military rescue was nixed, that officials intentionally downplayed the role of al-Qaida figures in the attack, and that Stevens and the CIA were involved in a secret operation to spirit weapons out of Libya and into the hands of Syrian rebels. None of that is true, according to the House Intelligence Committee report.

Here is what the GOP-led report [PDF] found:

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