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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention, Cleveland, July 20, 2016. (AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite).

The Fear-Monger’s Handbook: The Danger of a Little Bit of Truth

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Last week I spent four days in Cleveland listening to speakers at the Republican Party’s national convention describe an America I don’t recognize. According to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and dozens of other convention speakers, the United States is beset by threats from all directions: murderous illegal immigrants crossing the border in droves; Syrian refugees intent on coming to this country to kill Americans; and terrorists hiding in the shadows ready to strike at a moment’s notice, to name just a few.

Of course, virtually none of this is true. But to paraphrase an old saw, if the convention showed us anything, it is that when it comes to fear-mongering, nothing is more dangerous than a little bit of the truth. ...

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