Democrats have pushed stories about people being detained at the airport in an effort to attack President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
But many of them, as we have seen, have turned out to be false or that nothing wrong was done.
There was the Olympic fencer, whose ‘detention’ wasn’t even proven but in any event turned out to have occurred in December, before Trump took office.
There was the Indian snowshoe athlete, whose visa was denied and U.S. officials said it didn’t have anything to do with the travel ban. Nevertheless, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gellibrand helped him “overcome the ban” and get into the country. The athlete is now under arrest for sexual abuse of a 12 year old.
Now comes the claim from Muhammad Ali, Jr. which turns out not be quite true and Democrats are at it again.
From Biz Pac Review:
In a now standard rush to judgment by Democrats eager to pander to identity groups, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused the Department of Homeland Security of not only detaining but “religiously profiling” Muhammad Ali’s son. Again.
…except it didn’t exactly happen that way.
Ali claims he was detained as he was trying to board a flight from Washington, D.C. home to Florida.
“I got harassed again,” Ali said in a telephone interview. “They had a ‘red flag’ on my flight. They said I wasn’t able to get on until I talked to homeland security.” He said he offered his state identification, which he was told wasn’t acceptable. “Luckily I had a passport so they let me on the plane.”
The incident is the second time in a month the son of the legendary boxer has problems while traveling. Ali was questioned at Fort Lauderdale International Airport in February during President Donald Trump’s first temporary travel ban. A friend of the family claimed Ali, a Muslim, was asked about his religion.
Ali had actually been in Washington, D.C. at a forum, ‘Ali v. Trump: The Fight for American Values’ to talk about Trump immigration policies with House Democrats and the first time he was allegedly stopped.
But TSA denied Ali’s allegations, saying he was not detained.
The TSA, which falls under Homeland Security, denied that Ali was detained Friday, saying he was stopped briefly — 11 minutes total — to verify his identity, the Courier-Journal reported.
“The TSA does not have the authority to detain passengers, and that did not happen,” a spokesman said.
After being cleared Ali’s “large jewelry” set off the scanner, prompting another seven-minute delay as he was patted down by agents.
Not only wasn’t he detained, he apparently was one of the first on the plane.
Coincidentally, Debbie Wasserman Schultz just happened to be on the same flight from Washington, D.C to Florida.
Wasserman Schultz apparently never checked with the DHS or TSA to even confirm what she was saying before she tweeted it out. There was also no indication, even from Ali himself, that TSA had in any way “religiously profiled him” in their interaction.
Once again, just as in the case of the Yemen raid, lying to attack Trump doesn’t just hit Trump, it also unfairly attacks the people involved and on the ground who did nothing wrong.
But hey, that would require Democrats caring about who they hurt in pursuit of their political agendas…