BULLSH**TER OF THE DAY: Betsy McCaughey, who dubbed Hillary the "speech police" for calling out Trump's bigotry

Another truth-challenged Trump apologist dusts off that old "political correctness" attack

By Mireia Triguero Roura
Published October 10, 2016 9:03PM (EDT)
Betsy McCaughey   (Getty/Chip Somodevilla/Salon)
Betsy McCaughey (Getty/Chip Somodevilla/Salon)

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"Mrs. Clinton's paid ads are "political correctness ads." Pointing fingers at people she doesn't like the way they talk. ... Most Americans aren't going to elect the next president to be the speech police."

–Betsy McCaughey, on CNN, Oct. 10, 2016

Who said it?

Former Lt. Gov. of NY State, and one of Trump's token woman adviser Betsy McCaughey.

What was the context?

McCaughey was a guest at CNN for the day-after analysis of the nastiest presidential debate ever televised, when – between tantrums, insults and pouty faces – Donald Trump threatened to use his presidential powers to imprison Hillary Clinton, à la [insert your favorite dictatorial regime].

Is there any merit to this claim?

When McCaughley says that criticism of Donald Trump's racism, misogyny, islamophobia, xenophobia and overall stubborn rejection of 21st century ethics should be dismissed as "political correctness," she's showing us her true colors. In her mind, all those repulsive statements are true, and anyone questioning them is a pedantic scold. Trump is a hero for voicing all that vitriol! This is, of course, a huge load of bullshit.

Is this the first time she has come out with a load of bullshit?

Very much like her boss, McCaughey can afford to live in a separate reality where legitimate grievances about aggression and discrimination can be branded as mere "political correctness." Intellectual integrity has never been McCaughey's forte, though – back in August, CNN "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota read her a verbatim quote to discredit one of her lies, and McCaughey responded "that is a distortion."

But like that Trump supporter on the Daily show said, "Do I have any proof? No! Do I have any articles? No! But my mind is made up!"

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