Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mr. Trump Demands the Evidence!

Mr. Trump is outraged, just OUTRAGED! that Ms. Clinton asserts ISIS is using videos of Donald Trump as recruitment tools. ISIS proclaims Islam is at war with America and Donald Trump's expostulations--"Keep Muslims out!"--and, according to Ms. Clinton Trump's statements and insinuations are all they need to demonstrate this.

"Where are these videos?" asks Mr. Trump. "Where is the evidence?"

Donald J. Trump demands an apology from Mrs. Clinton. He wants to see the evidence. How can you make such an accusation without presenting the evidence? Mr Trump wants to know.

Well, we have found them.  Those videos are in the possession of the thousands of Muslims on roof tops Mr. Trump says he saw  in New Jersey, celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

It is wonderful that Mr. Trump, who has claimed that vaccines cause autism, that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya, that a majority of American Muslims want to be governed by Sharia law, that Hispanic immigrants are not the best Hispanics, are rapists and murderers, that Hispanics love him because he gives them jobs, that every trade agreement between China and the United States is injurious to the United States, that Ms. Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the country, that Ms. Clinton lied about Whitewater and lied about Benghazi, that she has lied about everything her whole life,  that Muslims by the thousands cheered from the rooftops in New Jersey watching the Twin Towers collapse has new found a new respect for evidence.

As Christopher Hitchens noted, "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence."

Mr. Trump has a strong aversion to the practice of marshaling evidence to bolster his arguments. He simply says it is so, and his audience goes wild.  Carl Sagan once noted extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but that was science he was talking about, not Mr. Trump. 

As Bertrand Russell once noted, "The fact that an opinion is widely held is no evidence whatsoever that it is not utterly absurd."

And that is where Mr. Trump finds himself on each of the opinions he has voiced above.  He has exploded in righteous indignation to find that his tactic has been expropriated by a rival.  

The pot has called the kettle black. 

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