David Barton, Asshole of the Day for August 26, 2014
Once upon a time David Barton was called the most important historian by Glenn Beck. He was a regular guest on The Daily Show. He had made a name for himself for his study of the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers. That is, until his book about Jefferson was called the “least credible book in print” and was pulled by the publisher.
But despite being discredited, he continues to exercise influence in the Texas GOP and on the radio. Yesterday on his radio show Barton claimed that Obama was weak on terrorism:
Barton declared that “terrorism was really on the ropes” before President Obama removed the last U.S. troops from Iraq, but now “terrorism has really rebuilt itself … [because] this has been an administration that has not done a good job of trying to take terrorists down or take terrorism out.”
Barton and co-host Green repeatedly expressed their desire to have someone like Gohmert serving as president instead of President Obama because, they said, Gohmert understands the difference between good and evil, which Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the rest of the administration can never grasp because they support abortion rights and gay marriage.
Yes, you read that right— David Barton thinks Louie Gohmert would make a good president.
And then he goes on to justify Gohmert as being superior in fighting terrorism because… he opposes abortion and gay marriage, which have a lot to do with fighting terrorism apparently. Look, George W. Bush also opposed gay marriage and abortion, and he didn’t catch Osama Bin Laden.
But the really objectionable part here are his claims about terrorism— that it was “on the ropes” before Obama and that Obama has not done a good job fighting it, and his basis for Obama not fighting terrorism is that he didn’t keep troops in Iraq (even though Obama had no authority to do so).
The idea that Obama has done nothing to fight terrorism is just laughable. It’s as if you can ignore all the drone strikes and catching Osama Bin Laden because there wasn’t a permanent troop presence in Iraq. Look, all those troops in Iraq did nothing to catch Osama Bin Laden. And Barton knows that. But he ignores those two big facts. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is David Barton's first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Right Wing Watch.
PS: I was reminded on Twitter that Barton was recently featured on Cracked: