Together with David Barton, it would seem like the right-wing has mastered the art of historical revision in a way not seen since the Soviet Union. Just recently on Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill Kristol seemed to join David Barton with a little bit of historical revisionism on his own, arguing with Bill Maher that the TEA Party did not come about because of the bailouts, but instead, due to other issues. Kristol, a regular on the FOX News propaganda machine, is no stranger to lies and half-truths. Maher, cutting right to the heart of the matter, called Kristol and the whole TEA Party movement out. Here’s the dialogue leading up to it:
[box type=’shadow’]Maher: So [the TEA Party] was right to condemn [the bailouts]?
Kristol: They were right to be worried about them and to think they were a very bad precedent. But that is not the origin of the TEA party.
Maher: What happened? What was the origin of the TEA Party 5 years ago?
Kristol: It wasn’t about bailouts.
Maher: Sure it was.
Kristol: It was not. It was about a mortgage bill and it was about Obamacare and then it was about the stimulus.
Maher: It was about a Black president.
Kristol: That’s, that’s bullsh*t. That’s total bullsh*t.[/box]
Maher went on to enumerate his evidence: “It happened a month after he took office. Suddenly, white people were very upset about debt even though Bush had raised the debt way more than Obama had.”
When Kristol fired back, claiming that the TEA Party was also upset with Bush, Maher replied, “I don’t remember a TEA Party then,” explaining that, upon visiting a TEA Party website, the things he learned about their goals were: “Benghazi, Impeach Obama (but not ’cause he’s Black), and Obamacare.”
Watch the whole exchange below.