You might wanna sit down for this lest you fall over of shock: Donald Trump lied about something. He lied directly to Congress in a joint address, and to the American public, about the roots of terrorism in order to justify his immigration policies. And this time, his own DOJ is admitting it because he claimed they were the source of the data and they responded to a FOIA request and said no such data exists.
So they asked the White House, which then cited another study that — surprise — doesn’t support his claim at all.
When President Donald Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress in February of 2017, he claimed that “the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country,” citing “data provided by the Department of Justice.”
Not only was that claim not true, but there was no data from the Department of Justice to back it up.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from a private lawyer, the Justice Department admitted recently that “no responsive records were located” after an exhaustive search for evidence to substantiate Trump’s claim.
When asked by fact-checkers for evidence to support Trump’s statistic, the White House pointed to a Fox News report which cited research from a Senate subcommittee led by Jeff Sessions, an Alabama senator who later became Trump’s attorney general.
But there are several ways in which that research did not back up Trump’s claim: It was about charges from 9/11 through the end of 2014, the list of offenders it obtained from the Justice Department did not include their birthplace or immigration status, and the convictions were only based on investigations into international terrorism. Only a small minority of the cases involved terrorist acts planned or executed within the United States, and many of the convictions were for non-terrorism-related offenses such as identity fraud and immigration violations.
So once again, Trump tells a whopper of a lie and leaves his underlings to find dishonest ways to justify it by citing data that doesn’t actually support the lie. This is pretty much the most predictable thing ever at this point. He does it on a daily basis. Why would anyone work for someone like that?