Patterico's Pontifications


Student Punished for “All Lives Matter” ThoughtCrime

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:32 am

A stirring tale of WrongThink eliminated:

In the emotional hours after five police officers were shot and killed during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas last month, Rohini Sethi vented on Facebook.

“Forget #BlackLivesMatter;” wrote Sethi, the vice president of the Student Government Association at the University of Houston. “More like AllLivesMatter.”

This is not allowed, and she has been suspended from her post and ordered to a re-education camp:

“Her post and subsequent actions were very divisive,” student body President Shane A. Smith told The Washington Post. “It caused some in our student body to become very upset with her. They lost faith in her ability to represent them because they felt that she did not understand or respect the struggles in their lives.”

On Wednesday, in a crowded Student Government Association meeting, student leaders gave Smith temporary power to sanction Sethi. Smith complied with their request that he suspend her. Sethi also offered to take a three-day cultural sensitivity workshop, Smith said.


I’d want to see an organization like FIRE get involved, but Ms. Sethi has already caved and acknowledged her “wrongdoing” in engaging in the ThoughtCrime of saying “all lives matter” when all right-thinking people know to reserve their concern for the lives of people with a particular skin color. Jonathan Turley reports that she has issued a statement of apology:

I have chosen to take these steps on my own because of the division I’ve created among our student body,. I may have the right to post what I did, but I still should not have. My words at the time didn’t accurately convey my feeling and cause many students to lose their faith in me to advocate for them. I will always continue to learn and be ready to discuss these issues.

It was easy to beat her into submission, apparently. But then, it generally is . . . more than most people would like to acknowledge.

Trump’s Claim That President Obama Is The Founder Of ISIS

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:36 am

[guest post by Dana]

Yesterday, Donald Trump was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt and there was this exchange:

HH: I’ve got two more questions. Last night, you said the President was the founder of ISIS. I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.

DT: No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.

HH: But he’s not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them.

DT: I don’t care. He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?

HH: Well, that, you know, I have a saying, Donald Trump, the mnemonic device I use is Every Liberal Really Seems So, So Sad. E is for Egypt, L is for Libya, S is for Syria, R is for Russia reset. They screwed everything up. You don’t get any argument from me. But by using the term founder, they’re hitting with you on this again. Mistake?

DT: No, it’s no mistake. Everyone’s liking it. I think they’re liking it. I give him the most valuable player award. And I give it to him, and I give it to, I gave the co-founder to Hillary. I don’t know if you heard that.

HH: I did. I did. I played it.

DT: I gave her the co-founder.

HH: I know what you’re arguing…

DT: You’re not, and let me ask you, do you not like that?

HH: I don’t. I think I would say they created, they lost the peace. They created the Libyan vacuum, they created the vacuum into which ISIS came, but they didn’t create ISIS. That’s what I would say.

DT: Well, I disagree.

HH: All right, that’s okay.

DT: I mean, with his bad policies, that’s why ISIS came about.

HH: That’s…

DT: If he would have done things properly, you wouldn’t have had ISIS.

HH: That’s true.

DT: Therefore, he was the founder of ISIS.

This morning:


Once again, Mike Pence awkwardly attempted to defend Trump and explain what he really meant:

“Do you agree with Trump’s assertion that President Obama is the ‘founder of ISIS’?” asked a KUSA reporter.

“There is no question that the failed leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the foreign stage created the vacuum in the wider Middle East in which ISIS was able to spawn and grow,” Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence replied.

“The one thing about Donald Trump is he doesn’t go tip-toeing around the rules, the semantic rules, of political correctness,” Pence said when pressed about the factual inaccuracy of Trump’s words. “Everybody in the country knows exactly what Donald Trump means.


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