The GOP’s Distraction Meme: The ‘Real’ Scandal Is Always Another One
For conservatives, all roads seem to lead to Benghazi, but they have encountered a few distractions along the way.
Earlier in June, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) suggested that President Obama ignited a new controversy by negotiating for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in order to detract from the real VA scandal.
This tactic is not new for the right. Conservatives constantly cry “distraction” when the media covers an issue unrelated to their scandal du jour.
Benghazi: The king of the distraction meme
Perhaps the best example of this is the GOP’s obsession with Benghazi. As Mother Jones pointed out in May, for the past year conservatives have labeled a number of the administration’s actions as feeble attempts to distract from the true issue at hand.
Republicans cried “distraction” after Michelle Obama tried to show her support for #BringBackOurGirls. According to Fox News, a legally mandated climate change report in May was clearly released to distract from the scandal.