Appearing on CNN Tuesday, author and CNN.com contributor, Charles Kaiser, made several patently false claims about Donald Trump and his team. Kaiser also upset host Brooke Baldwin by saying "n*****" on live TV.
BALDWIN: "...we're getting some of the information coming out of this New York Times meeting that Trump has disavowed this particular group [alt-right]. Is that enough for you?"
KAISER: "Well, I'm delighted that Mr. Trump has visited my alma mater at The New York Times, and said that he doesn't want to do this anymore, but I want to give him a little advise for the future if he does not want to stimulate the alt-right.
First thing, he should never retweet someone with the name ‘WhiteGenocide’ who lists his address as ‘Jew America,’ that’s what he did in February. He should never ask his supporters again to give the Nazi salute, which he did at a rally in March…If you don’t want the support of the alt-right, don’t choose as a White House counselor a man who uses the word ‘n*****,’ whose wife says that he did not want his daughters to go to a school with too many Jews..."
Baldwin cut Kaiser off after some time, asking that he never use the n-word on her show again. It's quite jarring to hear something like that, even if you know it's coming. However, there's something more nefarious going on here. Kaiser told several blatant lies during his rant.
Trump didn't make crowds give him a Nazi salute. The moment to which Kaiser is referring took place at a rally in March at which Trump jokingly asked the audience to raise their hand and pledge to vote for him. Perhaps Kaiser thinks raising one's hand before testifying in court is also a Nazi salute.
The claims that Steve Bannon didn't want his daughters attending a school "with too many Jews" came from his ex-wife. There's no video, audio, or written record of such a statement coming from Bannon himself, and as such, it cannot be treated as gospel truth, but rather conjecture.
There's no record of Steve Bannon ever using the n-word. Wednesday, Kaiser "apologized," telling The Washington Post that he was mixed up:
"I do apologize for one thing in particular. I mistook Bannon for Sessions. I was mistaking the one for the other."
Kaiser is referring to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who Trump appointed his new Attorney General. Sessions has been accused of using several racial epithets in the early 1980's to describe black individuals.
The Guardian reports:
"Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general was once accused of calling a black official in Alabama a 'n*****,' and then gave a false explanation to the US Senate when testifying about the allegation.
Jeff Sessions was said to have used the racist term in November 1981, when talking about the first black man to be elected as a county commissioner in Mobile, where Sessions was a Republican party official and a federal prosecutor."
Sessions was also accused of calling a black deputy in the U.S. Attorney's Office "boy." Both of these allegations are hearsay.
Accusations built on conjecture and hearsay must not be taken at face value, but that's what Kaiser is doing. Kaiser is tangling the threads of truth, hearsay, and outright fiction, which is what the Left does best. Progressives rarely tell outright fabrications without mooring them to truths and half-truths. This way, it becomes more difficult for the public to distinguish fact from fiction.
In the end, Kaiser's accusations will ring in the minds of anti-Trump Americans, and will surely be repeated, despite the fact that much of what he said is false or misleading.