This week Hollywood actress and “super-sciency” expert Alyssa Milano made what appears to be a sly attempt to suggest that the United States under President Donald Trump is awash in white supremacist-motivated hatred. She tried to accomplish this by sharing some very old news.
What she specifically did is share an old story from last year about a 92-year-old man who was “beaten with a brick, told to ‘go back to your own country’ by a pack of attackers,” as reported by Milano’s source, the New York Daily News.
92-year-old Mexican man beaten with a brick, told to ‘go back to your own country’ by a pack of attackers — WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO https://t.co/UDdiwvlTWV
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 17, 2019
Was the story false? No. But it was old, to the point that her decision to share it on Wednesday seemed like a highly misleading attempt to smear the president.
Note that she posted the tweet only three days after a ruckus broke out over trash-talking tweets the president had posted about the infamous “squad” of congressional Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
In those tweets, he wrote a scathing rant complaining about how the “squad” of “Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” spend a lot of time “viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
Angered by the congresswomen’s behavior, the president suggested that they “go back and help fix” their own countries. This tweet triggered dubious accusations that Trump is a “racist” and “white supremacist.
Dovetailing back to Milano’s tweet, though it’s true purpose remains unclear, it does appear as if she’d been trying to throw shade at the president by suggesting that he’s responsible for the attack.
Except that two days after its original story, the New York Daily News posted an important follow-up — one that Milano neglected to share with her followers — revealing that the attack hadn’t been motivated by racial hatred.
“Detectives on Tuesday night busted 30-year-old Laquisha Jones on an assault with a deadly weapon charge for the Fourth of July beating that sent 92-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez to a local hospital during his daily walk,” the outlet reported.
“The witness said a woman repeatedly bashed his head with the concrete chunk. Authorities believe race was not a factor in the attack, telling the Times that the attack happened after Rodriguez bumped into a little girl with the woman on the sidewalk.”
What happened to this man was horrible, but…um…Laquisha Jones: pic.twitter.com/z8ik0WYMNG
— Single Chirp (@CardinalShadow) July 17, 2019
The perpetrator was black, which means white supremacist-motivated hatred had nothing to do with the attack. In another update this past March, the outlet revealed that the perp had been sentenced to 15 years in state prison on counts of elder abuse and “using using a deadly and dangerous weapon.”
None of this was mentioned by Milano. Nor did she point out to her followers that, far from being a racist, Jones is simply a long-time criminal with behavioral issues.
“She’s been arrested twice for loitering for prostitution, and has also been convicted of prostitution in a third instance,” Heavy.com confirmed last year. “Additionally, she has been arrested for vandalism, as well as for criminal threats, as well. These arrests began as early as 2011, when Jones was in her early twenties, and have continued through to 2017. This arrest will be her sixth.”
The fact that the actress mentioned none of this does make it seem as if her tweet was designed to smear the president.
That story is from July 2018 and the LONE woman, not “PACK of attackers” was sent to prison for the crime. STOP LYING, YOU UTTER LUNATIC! https://t.co/qNGq4SLdLc
— The Mrs. (@BeThePlan) July 18, 2019
Nice propaganda. Shows you are only a headline reader. Anyone actually reading the story will see this is not what you want them to think.
Your followers that are attempting to tie this to Trump, are just as ignorant & culpable of spreading lies as you.https://t.co/WynJULAtuW
— Young Thomas (@BaltTigger) July 18, 2019
Try to keep up. A POC woman beat the elderly man with a brick. She is now serving 15 years in prison for the attack. Plus she’s a democrat. Trump had nothing to do with it.
— Marcus Aurelius (@marcus_sappus) July 18, 2019
Have you seen the full video of the attack? No mention of trump at all and I doubt the women even knew who was the president was at the time.
— bart probst (@probst_bart) July 18, 2019
Yeah this was last July 2018. Not 2019.
And the perp was a black woman who’s doing 15 years for the crime.
Nice trying exploiting your followers to frame Trump supporters. Propagandist.
— Dennis Williams (@RealDennisWill) July 17, 2019
Why are you posting a story that’s over a year old? The woman was caught and arrested. Stop stirring the pot.
— The Conservative Latina (@TheConservati19) July 17, 2019
But the most stunning aspect of this story isn’t Milano’s clear-cut deception — it’s the inordinate number of far-left radicals who bought her narrative hook, line and sinker.
“Trump caused this,” one bluntly wrote.
“This is 45’s America now!!! The United States of America has fallen prey to person with no morals, common sense, intelligence and most of all no knowledge of running a country!!!” another opined.
Trump caused this
— todd anderson (@toddxz) July 17, 2019
This is 45’s America now!!! The United States of America has fallen prey to person with no morals, common sense, intelligence and most of all no knowledge of running a country!!!
— Fendi Thompson (@ISSOTS) July 18, 2019
This is what Trump’s rhetoric does… https://t.co/pozvmZPiG3
— Dianne Wing (@DianneWing2) July 18, 2019
Do you see what Trumps hatred makes people do? When will the masses wakeup and see this fool for what he really is! https://t.co/zSRFtx5Z5h
— Mjgirard (@Mjgirard2) July 18, 2019
That is on you @realDonaldTrump … https://t.co/0DPXF7xaBz
— Holger Keller (@H0lger_Keller) July 18, 2019
This is what Trump’s spewing of hatred produces.
So horrible. https://t.co/Ea4i8jLjj7
— ?TheDolphin?✌?Ⓥ? (@CetaceanFreedom) July 18, 2019
So sad, so horrible indeed … how ignorant and unwilling to check the facts some Americans have become.
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