Less Than Earnest? Heroic Account Celebrated By Trump From El Paso Shooting Declared False

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Earnest Christopher Grant, 50, was celebrated by President Donald Trump at the White House for what Trump described as a heroic attempt to stop the shooter in the El Paso Walmart shooting. He was not present however because the Secret Service stopped him due to an outstanding warrant. Yet, Trump went ahead with his story and gave a commendation to his mother. It turns out, according to law enforcement officials, to be a false account. I have previously written about the steady flow of self-inflicted wounds and embarrassing missteps in this White House. This is one. Why would the President hold a national recognition ceremony featuring a heroic tale that was based solely on one person’s own account, particularly after he was just prevented from entering by the Secret Service?

Police now say that Grant, who was wounded, did not act to distract the gunman by throwing soda bottles at him.

According to ABC News, Police say 50-year-old Ernest Christopher Grant, who was shot several times during the domestic terror incident, did not distract the El Paso gunman by throwing soda bottles at him.

At the ceremony, Trump lauded the heroism of a man who was just outside in the temporary custody of the Secret Service:

“Chris grabbed -listen to this- soda bottles, and anything else in front of him, and began hurling them at the gunman, distracting him from the other shoppers and causing the shooter to turn towards Chris and fire at him. Chris suffered two very serious gunshot wounds but he is recovering well and we wish him the best.”

This is another mistake of a lack of proper vetting and preparation. It is the most basic level of preparation for a White House. What concerns me is not the embarrassing repetition of a false account by the President. What concerns me is that, after three years, this White House is still struggling to meet minimal standards of performance.

I am not sure how Grant thought that he could maintain such an account in an area saturated by surveillance camera but one would think that the White House staff would have someone confirm with police or look at the footage before having the President adopt the account.

46 thoughts on “Less Than Earnest? Heroic Account Celebrated By Trump From El Paso Shooting Declared False”

  1. To find; the source of most it go this address430 South Capitol St SE #3, Washington, DC 20003, USA
    Hours: Closed ⋅

    You’ll find the sign over the door is itself a lie. the surce is Aarethun the comment had nothing to do with Anonymous

    1. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me thirty-five citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament), an equation and the source of a quotation, after forty-three weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on.https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2017/05/16/why-cite/ The preceding citation has the reasons you owe me the citations. However, coming from a semi-academic institution, you should know all this stuff cold. I cannot imagine as a professor (at any level) that you did not require your students to cite their sources. That is not uncivil, it is pro forma.

      1. This is the Internet, not a classroom and you most certainly are not an instructor.

        Not firing on all cylinders …

        1. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me thirty-five citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament), an equation and the source of a quotation, after forty-three weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. – all of life is a classroom and we are all students. Sorry that you are not firing on all cylinders.

    1. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me thirty-five citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament), an equation and the source of a quotation, after forty-three weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. – Pompeo is not a loose canon, however you are a loose cannon.

        1. It’s harassment — these ridiculous repetitive emails by Paul C Schulte — and Jonathan needs to call a halt to it.

          1. No, he doesn’t need to “call a halt to it”.
            Now, if Mr. Schulte were calling Mr. Benson at home, using heavy-handed tactics that an unethical collection agency might use, that would be harrassment.
            But merely trying to collect what is owed to him by reminding Mr. Benson of it is not harrassment.

    1. Of course it is important to vet stories, which is why our better news sources – among them the NYTs, WaPo, and WSJ – take verification seriously. They can’t stay in business long if they make too many errors.

      On the other hand, the current WH has the support from a zombie like cult following which will uncritically believe anything it’s leaders says, including his recent hurricane misinformation which a local NWS office was forced to correct for the nbenefit of citizens.

  2. One question. Did he give the award to the mom based along on the absence or after AFTER getting complete information?

    no need for comment just facts. which leaves the left out of the picture.

        1. Referring no doubt to whoever wrote that tripe. One can tell immediately by the changing of subjects, and lack of facts. Pure Klintonista

  3. Turley continues for some reason to cover this Presidency as if it’s normal. It’s not. This is not a vetting problem . It’s a mendacity problem that permeates the White House and all Trump apologists

    1. Seems to be an ongoing fad, Obama apologists, Bush apologists, Clinton apologists, Bush apologists, Regan apologists, Carter apologists, why, the list seems never ending doesn’t it.

    2. No point asking for facts the source is evident and has never provided a fact regardless of what name is being used.

  4. Why hasn’t the FBI released the surveillance videos/other videos, is El Paso just their latest cover like Las Vegas, etc, etc, etc….?

    The one in Ohio the videos released right away.

    Why wasn’t anyone else armed at the Wal Mart???

  5. Turley is doubling down. He is digging in dirt to find something negative about Trump only to complain. It seems that each post gets worse and worse. TDS seems to be taking its toll on another bright mind who couldn’t maintain his own identity surrounded by a bunch of non entities that have succumbed to TDS.

  6. Did you overdose on stupid pills this week, Turley? “What concerns me is not the embarrassing repetition of a false account by the President.” This guy was all over the news. Trump and the White House didn’t turn this guy into a hero — the MSM did. Put the blame where it belongs.

  7. Why would the President hold a national recognition ceremony featuring a heroic tale that was based solely on one person’s own account, particularly after he was just prevented from entering by the Secret Service?

    Because it was prepared for 11 victims with guests in attendance, not 10 and a judgment call according to a police spokesman, “[His actions] were basically human instincts, survival instincts but they were not heroic or as he described,” police spokesman Enrique Carillo. Because it would have been impolite to escort his mother out of the room or say nice things about her son that was shot twice. Because people relied on 1 source or anonymous sources which seems to be the accepted standard for investigations of late. Maybe he made a mistake. Maybe he calculated it couldn’t be worse than a Rose Garden ceremony for an Army deserter that was traded for 5 Taliban enemy combatants.

    Here’s one: why does a skilled hiker go out into the Southern California hills unprepared for the conditions and require extraction by rescue services? Maybe unexpected things happen to your most well-intended plans.

    1. I totally agree with you. If the president had not honored him, the news would of somehow blamed Trump. Just like they did saying Trump caused the shootings in El Paso. Hate & racism, was here in El Paso long before Trump came here.

      1. To find; the source of most it go this address430 South Capitol St SE #3, Washington, DC 20003, USA
        Hours: Closed ⋅

        You’ll find the sign over the door is itself a lie.

  8. “Why would the President hold a national recognition ceremony featuring a heroic tale that was based solely on one person’s own account, particularly after he was just prevented from entering by the Secret Service?”
    **************
    I’m guessing for the same reason someone would write a post about a coverup of Israelis agents placing surveillance devices near the White House based solely on anonymous sources (almost certainly Obama admin. flunkies) that was disavowed by the Trump administration i.e. humans are fallible.

  9. Today is Friday the 13th. It is also a Full Moon.
    So when Trump pulls down his pants and moons some person today, don’t be alarmed.
    But when the terrorists cross the border at El Paso give that nit wit O’Rouke a heads up. While he is talking with his hands they will pull down his pants and bad things will happen. You heard it here.

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