Fox News has never let little details like geography, reality, or common sense stop them before, so it is no surprise that they are blaming President Obama for Brexit.
ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): K.G., a lot of people, say it was all about immigration. They said the U.K. wanted sovereign borders, all about the money on Wall Street today. What is it? Some of both?
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): I think it’s a variety, a complexity of factors involved. I think the immigration piece certainly was powerful, especially in light of all the migrants and the refugees coming in, and it’s more about having ownership and a sense of nationalism, controlling borders, making those decisions for your country in particular versus more of a globalist approach. And you see some of that going here in this country. So it’s mirroring and echoing some of the sentiment, some of the things that Donald Trump has been talking about, so this might be part of a larger populist movement that we’re seeing take shape that could have impact ultimately here on the United States. Sort of a tipping point.
BOLLING: My good friend, Juan, here — Nigel Farage, who’s one of the leaders of the leave, exit push —
JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): The Donald Trump of Britain.
BOLLING: OK, well let’s call him that. He’s actually saying that President Obama saying “England get to the back of the queue” in April was part of the reason there were some votes in favor for exiting, so President Obama can also be blamed for the exit as well.
WILLIAMS: Wow. I didn’t know he was that powerful. But if you want to give him that much credit — I don’t think Obama deserves that much attention from the Europeans or the Brits, but I do think that people who have said it was going to have tremendous consequences for on the economic markets, hmm, I guess they were right.
It is not a shock that Fox would try to blame Obama for this, but Eric Bolling phrasing of so Obama can also be blamed for this was a bit of Fox News sleazy genius. The phrase Obama can also be blamed can be used for any situation for example. So President Obama can also be blamed for the death of Nicole Brown Simpson. I lost my car keys while watching CNN, so President Obama can also be blamed for me being late to work.
There are three common sense problems with Fox’s “logic:”
1). Barack Obama is the President Of The United States.
2). Barack Obama has no control over what happens in the United Kingdom.
3). Barack Obama is the President Of The United States who has no control over what happens in the UK.
Fox News was also slyly trying to blame Obama for the drop in the markets after the results of the referendum were announced. In Fox’s view, the markets obviously dropped because of Obama. The plunge on Wall Street had nothing to do with the fact that the decision of the voters was viewed as bad for the economy.
Fox is trying to win an election for Donald Trump, so of course, they blamed Obama. Lord knows, they wouldn’t want to tell their viewers the truth that this kind of market drop is what they can expect if Trump wins the White House.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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