When it comes to derailing the nomination of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, the left has pretty much committed itself to using any tool possible, no matter how ridiculous or misleading it may be.
Did Gorsuch fail to cite “To Kill a Mockingbird” on his list of favorite books? That could mean he’s a closet bigot. Does he set out mousetraps in his house? Rodent abuser! And now, something from Gorsuch’s high school yearbook is being used in a vain attempt to discredit him — although it sounds a lot like (gasp!) fake news.
Several news sources — including US News and World Report, the U.K. Daily Mail, the New York Post, Vice and liberal windbag Keith Olbermann all picked up on a blurb from Gorsuch’s high school yearbook which talked about his founding of a “Fascism Forever” club.
“In political circles, our tireless President Gorsuch’s ‘Fascism Forever Club’ happily jerked its knees against the increasingly ‘left-wing’ tendencies of the faculty,” the 1985 Georgetown Preparatory School yearbook reads.
— Michael J O’Loughlin (@MikeOLoughlin) February 1, 2017
Now, given the jocund nature of high school yearbooks — and the fact that this took place, oh, 32 years ago and involved a man who was not even a legal adult at the time — you would think that this would be taken with a grain of salt.
No such luck. Here we go:
“And THIS Supreme Court Justice founded his prep school’s ‘Fascism Forever’ club…” https://t.co/kBxzLUJK0H
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 2, 2017
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 2, 2017
The Daily Mail reports that Gorsuch founded a “Facism Forever” club while in high school. Quite disturbing if true. https://t.co/NQHyfBucmo
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 2, 2017
Some of the critics are people we would expect to know better.
— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) February 2, 2017
Look, I understand George Takei uncritically retweeting this nonsense; if I dropped an anonymous email in Takei’s inbox claiming that the cheese industry was part of a secret Masonic cabal that got Donald Trump elected, a half-hour later he’d drop an impassioned 2,000-word screed on Facebook about how America needs to ban roquefort.
However, Rosen is a respected Democrat strategist. She should know better than to retweet a preposterous high school yearbook blurb.
What’s funny is that two minutes of research would have determined that this was an inside joke. America Magazine quoted a history teacher at Georgetown Prep, Steve Ochs, saying that the blurb was “a total joke” about political debates at the school.
“There was no club at a Jesuit school about young fascists,” Ochs said. “The students would create fictitious clubs; they would have fictitious activities. They were all inside jokes on their senior pages.”
National Review writer Ed Whelan also wrote: “I am reliably informed that no such club ever existed and that there was instead an inside joke among friends in the senior class that parodied political debates happening at the school. A contemporary of Gorsuch’s at the school also tells me that yearbook editors added stuff to student blurbs without their permission.”
Yeah, but let’s run with the story, even though it’s easily disprovable. It may not be The Onion, but this fake news certainly turned out to be a joke in its own way.
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