Richard Gere is a good actor, and like many good actors, feels a need, a compulsion perhaps, to speak out on perceived injustices. But it might help if he got a few facts straight and avoided the gross hyperbole and falsehoods
The 67-year-old actor — in town for the premiere of his latest film, The Dinner — called for unity, even as he reportedly said he wouldn’t attend a hypothetical dinner with President Trump.
“The number of hate crimes went up enormously as soon as Donald Trump started running for president, in the United States and in Europe,” Gere told an audience at the festival, according to Deadline.
“Unfortunately, we have leaders that stimulate fear, and that fear causes us to do really terrible things. I think that’s part of what we’re talking about in the film. We have to be really careful how we talk to each other and characterize each other. The most horrible thing Trump has done is conflate the terms refugee and terrorist. It means the same thing in the U.S. now. A refugee used to be someone who you had empathy for, who you wanted to help and give refuge to. Now we’re afraid of them. We have to really understand what he and this conservative movement has done and not forget we’re all in this together. We can’t escape each other’s realities. We have to embrace each other and love each other.”
OK, here we go. The lie that there has been an extreme spike, or any spike in “hate crimes” since Trump announced his presidential run is simply untrue. There have been some famous hoaxes, which have been exposed as hoaxes, but I have yet to see one actual hate crime committed by any trump supporter. Perhaps if Mr. Gere wants examples of hate he might want to look at Leftists reactions to Trump? Oh wait, what am I saying? No one expects the Left to examine their own house before making false accusations. The truth is not valued by the Left, as this next nugget of glittering BS from Gere shows
The most horrible thing Trump has done is conflate the terms refugee and terrorist. It means the same thing in the U.S. now.
Could Gere possibly make a more baseless accusation? What President Trump has said, what anti-terrorism experts have said, Hell, what ISIS itself said that terrorists would blend in with actual refugees to gain entry to Western nations and commit acts of terror. The executive order issued by the president was aimed at getting better screening to prevent terrorists from posing as legitimate refugees to gain entry to America. Mr. Gere can have an opinion as to whether or not such an action is correct, but he is simply lying through his teeth here. Either that or he is simply regurgitating the garbage the Leftist hate mongers have been spewing without checking the veracity of such claims. Either way, Richard Gere has shown himself to be nothing more than a loud mouth ignoramus.
Mr. Gere is free to live in denial of radical Islam if he wishes. He can ignore attack after attack, after attack. He can ignore the major problems European nations have had with many refugees. He can ignore that too many refugees have not been exactly gracious to their hosts in Germany, Sweden, and other Western nations. He can ignore how many refugees have treated European women. He can ignore that any nation has every damn right to set their own immigration rules, and he may ignore that a immigrants, or refugees, must be willing to assimilate to their new home, and the culture of that nation. They must respect that culture, or they must go. No nation will long survive mass immigration of people who refuse to meld into that nation. This basic truth is right there on our money for God’s sake. Look at a quarter. E Pluribus Unum means out of many, one. Immigration is great, but people must wish to become an American if they immigrate here, or come as a refugee. Mr Gere can ignore many things, but he cannot expect us to accept the consequences of his naive and childish ideology.
Perhaps Mr. Gere should spend less time spewing false rhetoric and more time studying history?