Let me just give you a few samples from this evening’s headlines:
Limbaugh on bomb threats to Democrats: ‘Republicans just don’t do this kind of thing’ – The Hill
Reports that suspicious package was sent to White House are incorrect: source – Reuters
Trump supporters cook up wild conspiracy theory about George Soros bombing himself as distraction from caravan – RawStory
Fox News expert claims mail bombs could be sent by liberals ‘trying to get the Democratic vote out’ – RawStory
The View’s Meghan McCain compares bombs targeting Dems to Republicans getting ‘heckled at restaurants’ – MSNBC
Trump decries ‘political violence’ after years of stoking it – Politico
Trump: ‘Do you see how nice I am behaving tonight?’ – Politico
Let’s take a look at Limbaugh. Apparently, he was studying under Alex Jones, the master of conspiracy theory, for several years and now that Alex has been essentially neutered, Limbaugh has taken over.
“Republicans just don’t do this kind of thing. Even though every event, like mass shootings, remember, every mass shooting there is, the Democrats in the media try to make everybody think right off the bat that some tea partier did it, or some talk radio fan did it, or some Fox News viewer did it. Turns out, it’s never, ever the case.”
Hmmmm … anybody remember Pizzagate? Charlottesville? He went on to say that, since none of the bombs actually went off, it was the work of a ‘democratic operative’ trying to give the appearance that there are ‘mobs everywhere’. It should be noted that there is not a shred of evidence to support any of his statements. Alex could have done it better.
Then there was the suspicious package allegedly sent to the White House … a package that never was, but that was briefly reported by CNN with no immediate retraction. Well, in fairness, CNN was dealing with their own problems at the time.
And what about poor ol’ George Soros? This guy gets the blame by conservatives for every single thing that happens for which they have no other explanation. Soros, for those who may not know, is a keenly intelligent investor, business magnate, and most of all, one of the top philanthropists in the world. He has an acute understanding of how the stock market works, how governments operate and why, and just about anything else you might ask of him. But he’s always the heavy. I suspect that long after he is dead, certain elements will continue to blame him for the world’s ills.
Some Trump supporters are claiming that the bombs sent to prominent enemies of Trump are part of an elaborate plot, orchestrated by Soros to shift the 2018 midterm elections. One Trump fan even went so far as to accuse Soros of trying to bomb himself to distract America from the migrant caravan that he believes Soros is funding. Ay ay ay ay ay!!! Chinga**! (Horty Rex will understand)
Donald Trump once suggested that “Second Amendment people” could take matters into their own hands if Hillary Clinton won the election. In 2016, he encouraged the roughing-up of protesters at his campaign rallies. Last year, Trump tweeted a video of himself tackling a man with a CNN logo superimposed across his face, adding the hashtag #FraudNewsCNN. And just last week, he actually praised republican congressman Greg Gianforte who was convicted of assault for body-slamming a reporter with The Guardian who simply asked him a question.
And now … last night, after a day of chaos amid the lies, speculation and conspiracy theories from only the republican side of the aisle … he has the unmitigated gall to say …
“Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective. By the way, do you see how nice I’m behaving today? Have you ever seen this?”
Was that supposed to be a joke? Was it meant to be funny? If so, it fell flat. Where, I ask you folks, is the captain of this ship? Where is the president who should be leading the nation to peace, who should be trying to heal the rift between right and left instead of stoking it? I will tell you where he is NOT … he is NOT at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For the past nearly two years, we have been a rudderless ship, adrift with little or no direction. Today, however, we are no longer adrift, but are in the middle of a tempestuous storm that is threatening to take this ship down.
Let’s get the pertinent facts clear here:
- George Soros did not fund the migrant caravan, and he did not send a pipe bomb to either himself or anybody else.
- The democrats did not send pipe bombs to Secretary Clinton, President Obama, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, CNN or Andrew Cuomo. I do not know who sent those bombs, but to assume a conspiracy among democrats in hopes of somehow increasing their odds in the November mid-terms is beyond ludicrous. It makes as much sense as saying that Trump himself did it, that this is his version of an ‘October Surprise’.
- The migrant caravan is comprised of people — you remember them, right? Ordinary people fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking asylum in a country where they hope to be able to work hard, to take care of their families in relative peace.
I end this rant with a suggestion — a plea, actually. I’m tired. You’re tired. We’re all tired, no matter what party affiliation, skin colour, religion or gender. Too much pure bullshit erodes our psyche. When you come to the end of this post, do me and yourself a favour … go hug someone. I don’t care who you hug … your neighbor, a stranger passing by, your spouse, kid or significant other, the family dog … just go hug them tight and say, “I love you”. Please?