Monday, March 6, 2017

Todd Starnes is determined to prove that he is a moron

Monday's headline from Fox culture warrior, Todd Starnes, reads: “Obama Audited Billy Graham, So Wiretapping Trump Tower Is Not a Stretch.” Starnes goes on to write:
The Obama administration engaged in eight years of political payback and heavy-handed bullying that specifically targeted their "political enemies."

They used the Internal Revenue Service to wage an ugly campaign of bullying and intimidation to silence Tea Party groups and Christian ministries.

In 2013, President Obama's minions sent IRS agents to bully the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

"I believe that someone in the administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us," Franklin Graham wrote in a letter to the White House. "This is morally wrong and unethical—indeed, some would call it 'un-American.'"
The problem with that, of course, is that there is not a scintilla of evidence that any of it is true. Franklin Graham's paranoia is not evidence. Furthermore, no warrant is required to audit a tax return. Most audits are the result of a computer algorithm that is based on things like expenses for travel and entertainment, executive compensation and a host of other matters. There is no evidence that the audit of BGEA was manually selected. There is no evidence (that I am aware of) that President Obama even knew about the audit much less instigated it.

Starnes is trying to defend Trump's embarrassing accusation without even knowing why Trump believes that he was under surveillance. Trump could clear that up in a minute if he wanted to. If Trump was under surveillance it would have been by law enforcement (presumably the FBI) and would have required a warrant. It would not require the president's knowledge or consent.

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