Balderdash is a term applied to senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing.  Another word for it is “nonsense.”

I recently read a post by a liberal blogger that contained the following assertions.

“The Republican record is catastrophically bad. First came the Trump presidency with its endless disasters crowned by Trump’s 30,573 lies during his presidency—averaging about 21 lies a day. Then came the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, incited by Trump and carried out by his supporters, which resulted in at least seven deaths. Bald-faced lies followed. The Republican National Committee officially declared that the attack on the Capitol and events that led to it were “legitimate political discourse” and rebuked two lawmakers in the party who condemned the riot and the role of Trump in spreading the election lies that fueled it.

“Meanwhile, it’s public knowledge that Republicans led by Mitch McConnell are trying to pass 489 voter suppression bills in 49 states. And 121 House Republicans and 7 Republican Senators voted against certifying Joe Biden’s unmistakable victory in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, 43 Republican senators voted to acquit Trump of all charges in the Senate Impeachment Trial despite ample evidence of his guilt.”

These statements are absolute balderdash.

The sad truth is that the left-wing media spreads lies and misinformation like this, and too many people, like this liberal blogger, believe it.

Republican leaders condemned the Capitol riots.  Please, name one party spokesman who referred to the attack on the Capitol as “legitimate political discourse.”  (Of course, you can find some idiot extremists on either side of the political divide.)  Some Republicans did  express concern, however, that the entire affair has been blown out of proportion by the Democrats.  It was a riot, not an insurrection, and to describe it as a severe threat to the republic is a gross exaggeration.  The Antifa and BLM depredations were far more destructive and dangerous to civil society.

As for the so-called voter suppression bills, most of them are honest attempts to bring more sanity and transparency to the election process and minimize the chances of cheating.  Anyone who denies that there was rampant skulduggery in the last election is wearing blinders, and reforms are desperately needed.  The charge “voter suppression” is nothing more than smokescreen to help the cheaters keep on cheating.

As for Trump’s lies, how on earth does someone come up with the number 30,573?   That statement alone proves that the entire spiel is nothing but balderdash.  Of course Trump lies, but he is probably no more guilty of that than the average politician.  Biden has him beat as a lier, hands down.


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