This week’s Jonathan Pie video was darker in tone than the usual rants, and made a couple of important points in these bizarre times:

Firstly, you do not protest against fascism by acting like a fascist yourself. Violence against Donald Trump’s supporters only puts him on the moral high ground and he has far more media influence than anybody fighting him.

It just gives him and his cronies a wider platform from which to spread their lies. Sorry – alternative facts.

And there is a desperate need for real, factual reporting – not reporting what both sides of an argument say, in the name of balance; actually researching the facts of any particular matter and calling out the liars for what they are.

This Writer has been having a wonderful time in the comment columns of this blog recently, researching whether or not Trump’s Muslim ban (yes, this is relevant to the Jonathan Pie video) is actually Barack Obama’s Muslim Ban, because Trump supporters have been claiming he has merely continued an Obama policy.

Answer: No, it isn’t. The legislation mentioned by Trump’s apologists was introduced by a Republican. Obama signed it, yes, but it isn’t his Act. If he had not signed it, he would have laid himself open to attacks that he was betraying America to terrorists – in the same way Jeremy Corbyn’s critics would have said he was betraying democracy if he hadn’t whipped Labour to vote for the second reading of the Article 50 Bill.

In any case, Trump could have varied the names of the countries it affects, to more accurately reflect the list of nations from which terrorists have travelled to the United States but he didn’t. That means criticisms that he did not include countries where he has carried out business deals cannot be dismissed.

Facts. They trump (ha ha) opinions every time.

Here’s the clip:

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