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These Despicable Trump Supporters Are Engaging in a Cruel Smear Campaign on Behalf of Saudi Arabia Against Jamal Khashoggi

October 19, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The president's fans always find a way to sink lower.

Some Republicans have been very outspoken over the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2 and was allegedly tortured and killed by a Saudi hit squad. Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for the U.S. to “sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia,” describing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, as a “wrecking ball” who is terrible for U.S./Saudi relations. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio declared that there will be a “complete revolt against our policies with Saudi Arabia” on Capitol Hill if MBS ordered the murder of a U.S.-based journalist. President Donald Trump, however, has been reluctant to criticize the Saudi royal family—repeatedly noting they have denied having anything to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance. And some of Trump’s sycophants are so determined to carry the president’s water that they have responded to all the outrage by defaming Khashoggi, including Pajamas Media Co-Founder Roger L. Simon and Fox News’ Harris Faulkner.

In an October 16 article that ran with the headline “Trump Takes the Right Position (Again) on Khashoggi,” Simon jumped through hoops to defend Trump’s anemic response to Khashoggi’s disappearance. According to Simon, Trump is “being smart not following the herd”—the herd being the long list of people, both left and right, who are horrified by allegations that Saudi agents, acting on orders from Crown Prince Mohammed, lured a Washington Post columnist to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, tortured him, murdered him and dismembered the body with a bone saw.

According to Simon, Khashoggi’s disappearance is no great loss. The Pajamas media co-founder wrote, “The disappeared so-called journalist— actually a lifelong activist for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that sought, and still covertly seeks, world domination through the likes of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri—is scarcely someone to be admired, even with his Washington Post byline.”

Simon added, “Mr. Bezos, please explain why a man with this history is writing for your newspaper.” The Bezos he is referring to …read more


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