Spicer’s alternative facts: an Atlanta terror attack that wasn’t
Is Sean Spicer out to outdo Kellyanne Conway in the area of
outright lies alternative facts?
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly pointed to Atlanta, along with San Bernardino and Boston, as one of three U.S. cities that have been attacked by Islamist terrorists to argue that the Trump administration needed to act quickly to prevent another attack in the future.
While the Boston bombing and shootings in San Bernadino were both carried out by Islamist terrorists, neither involved foreign nationals from the seven countries in Trump’s executive order. There has never been an Islamist terror attack in Atlanta.
In a Jan. 29 appearance on ABC’s This Week, Spicer explained to Martha Raddatz that the White House needed to implement its executive order quickly, before another terror attack could take place. “What do we say to the family that loses somebody over a terroristic (sic), to whether it’s Atlanta or San Bernardino or the Boston bomber?”
Spicer used a similar line the following day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters asked him if President Trump had signed the executive order as the result of an imminent terror threat on U.S. soil. “Too many of these cases that have happened, whether you’re talking about San Bernardino, Atlanta, they’ve happened, Boston,” Spicer said. “Jeremy, what—do you wait until you do? The answer is we act now to protect the future.”
At the White House press briefing later that day, Spicer again pointed to Atlanta to explain the need for the “extreme vetting” provided in the White House’s executive order.
“I don’t think you have to look any further than the families of the Boston Marathon, in Atlanta, in San Bernardino to ask if we can go further,” Spicer said. “There’s obviously steps that we can and should be taking, and I think the president is going to continue do to what he can to make sure that this country is as safe as possible.”
Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, said Atlanta should not be included.
“There has not been a successful jihadi terror attack in Atlanta,” Hughes said.
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11 responses to Spicer’s alternative facts: an Atlanta terror attack that wasn’t
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mea_mark February 9th, 2017 at 08:29
When pandering to fear, I guess it’s now ok to make stuff up to scare people from their imaginations. It’s the #Derp45 administration, expect anything, the dumber it is, the more likely it is to occur.
Mensa Member February 9th, 2017 at 09:37
We live in a post PC era, so I’m just going to say it.
Conservatives don’t care about facts.
If they believe their was a terrorist attack in Atlanta, then it’s true for them. They won’t spend 30 seconds Googling it.
Suzanne McFly February 9th, 2017 at 09:55
So he says Atlanta 3 times in interviews and a briefing and no one questions him on it? When someone is speaking to me and they say something that doesn’t make sense, I will ask for them to clarify what they are talking about. How is that not a common thing?
granpa.usthai February 9th, 2017 at 20:47
good thing Lady Clinton WON the popular by 3,000,000 MORE votes than trump.
restores my faith in the common sense of the American people.
William February 9th, 2017 at 11:31
The Atlanta attacks. Worst carnage since the attack of 711 which saw thousands of Muslims dancing tin the streets of Newark, and don’t get me started on Bowling Green. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a869e777a7d50c9c368709418fae105f882f6538dbe2ab0a3132b69e089e1871.jpg
granpa.usthai February 9th, 2017 at 20:44
that photo must have been taken BEFORE he was selected Coward Commander Ponme?
now days, he’s always running around with his little boy salute.
Mark Bub February 9th, 2017 at 12:39
He’s mistakenly reading from next month’s already written briefing which is describing the Atlanta false flag terrorist attack Trump and company are currently in the process of implementing as an “I told you so” to the courts.
We the citizens of this nation, left or right, must demand an open and truly independent criminal investigation of ALL prior and future “terrorist” attacks.
Our right to know the truth trumps any and all secrecy concerns of our government.
granpa.usthai February 9th, 2017 at 20:42
I remember hearing about the terrorist attack in Atlanta.
Burned the whole damn city to the ground!
guy made small engines, tore up Georgia from Atlanta to Savannah…..
Tecumseh, or something like that.
Bunya February 10th, 2017 at 14:01
This is truly disheartening, since Trump promised to level Chicago for its stance on accepting refugees, a long time ago. I already built my underground bunker.
bpollen February 10th, 2017 at 05:32
That pales in comparison to the Toad Suck (AR) Terror Attacks!
Packy East (69-72) February 10th, 2017 at 10:16
What else would you expect out of the mouth of this “so called” republican press secretary Sean “Baghdad Bob” Spicer (R)? Just more of that republican party “Conservative Crap” of Lies and Fiction!