Another story slamming the Trump administration is being questioned by the discovery of new facts in what is becoming a daily habit of the mainstream media.
The Daily Mail first reported the exclusive scoop that Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had founded a club called the "Fascism Forever Club" while attending an elite high school in Washington D.C.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of his professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory high school near Washington D.C.
The name may be inconvenient for a Supreme Court nominee facing a tough confirmation battle. However it also shows the depth of Gorscuch’s right-wing credentials – and his penchant for mischief while attending his exclusive prep school in the 1980s.
But as it turns out the story was exaggerated. It comes from a joke that he wrote in the high school yearbook to mock his liberal schoolmates who would insult him during debates, as related in American Magazine.
He wrote that he founded and led the “Fascism Forever Club,” though those with knowledge of the school back in the 1980s say there was no such club. The mention of it in the yearbook was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to poke fun at liberal peers who teased him about his fierce conservatism.
It was “a total joke,” said Steve Ochs, a history teacher at Georgetown Prep who was the student government advisor during Mr. Gorsuch’s junior and senior years at the Bethesda, Md., school.
But a lie gets around the world long before the truth can get its boots on, as the old saying goes. The story has gone viral among those only too eager to call anyone associated with the Trump administration a "fascist."
Trump threatens #UCBerkley federal funding over free speech, just as he suggests a "Fascist Forever" for #SCOTUS. #UCBerkleyRiot #gorsuch— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1486052134.0
My family fought the fascists in Europe. Gorsuch founded a club called fascist forever. #UnAmerican #SpeakerRyanHasBetrayedUs.— Valor Morghulis (@Valor Morghulis)1486015537.0
ICYMI: Neil Gorsuch was a straight up fascist in his youth, so it's doubtful he's mellowed much with age… https://t.co/0ojL4Sg06M— #AbolishPolice & #OccupyWallStreet (@#AbolishPolice & #OccupyWallStreet)1486052186.0
Judge Neil Gorsuch has been widely praised by his peers, both left and right, for being eminently qualified for the Supreme Court seat. CNN's political director David Chalian said that Democrats will likely confirm Gorsuch without the Republicans resorting to the "nuclear option." Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has vowed that Democrats will not be successful in attempting to filibuster Gorsuch, a move some Democrats have promised to do regardless of the nominee.
Conservatives especially praise him for being an admirer of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he will take if confirmed.