I’m Sorry to not be nice but you literally have no idea just how stupid and deluded (and dangerous) Trump’s conspiracy-theory-besotted Christian supporters are until you read this jaw-dropping Washington Post story: ‘Finally. Someone who thinks like me.’
It follows an all-too-typical Trump true believer: a 52-year-old woman who counts herself among the growing swath of people who occupy the fringes of the fringes of American politics. She like millions, is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream. What was once unthinkable is now a media topic. Like millions of others, she believes that President Obama is a Muslim. And like so many she has gotten to “know” online, she also believes that Obama is gay, that Michelle Obama is a man, and that the Obama children were kidnapped from a family now searching for them.
To Melanie, this was the glory of the 2016 presidential election. The truth about so many things was finally being accepted, from the highest levels of the Republican Party on down to the grass roots of America, where so many people like her didn’t care what some fact-checker said, much less that one day Trump would suggest that Obama wasn’t born in America, and on another say maybe he was.
More and more, she was meeting people who felt the same as she did, joining what amounted to a parallel world of beliefs that the Trump campaign had not so much created as harnessed and swept into the presidential election. As Melanie saw it, what she had posted about Obama was no different from what a New Hampshire state legislator and Trump campaign adviser had said about Hillary Clinton, that she “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
Later in the article this:
As she tried to understand it all, the best explanation she found was that Obama himself must be gay… “So,” she continued, “I think if she comes out and says we already have a gay in the White House and Michelle is a tranny, I mean, do you think she’s nuts?”
She took a drag on her cigarette.
“Well, I don’t,” she said, and turned her attention to the question of the Obama children.
“Let’s look,” she said, and began googling.
She started with mrconservative.com, where there was a story, headlined “Evidence Michelle Obama Never Gave Birth to Malia & Sasha,” that said: “We have seen pictures of Barack and Michelle dating back far before they had children, like shots from their wedding, but when it comes to what would have been Michelle’s childbearing years, there is absolutely nothing. Not one picture of her pregnant or with a newborn baby.” It continued: “Ancestry.com and GenealogyBank.com have no records of Malia or Sasha being born,” and also said that “Malia and Sasha [bear] little resemblance to their parents,” which “could very well be because the two girls were adopted, possibly from Morocco.” After reading that, Melanie scrolled through links to versions of the story on americasfreedomfighters.com and redflagnews.com and others among the dozens of similar websites that have proliferated in recent years and draw millions of visitors each month. She looked up from her phone.
“I think those kids were kidnapped,” she said. “We should be looking for those kids’ parents.”
This is what the Republicans have become: a party representing– and not repudiating — people who believe that Obama is Muslim, that Obama is ISIS, and that he’s planning Christian beheadings.
Trump supporters relish articles like the one on a website called commonsenseshow.com detailing how the U.S. government imported 30,000 guillotines in preparation for martial law, and explaining that a single guillotine “reportedly can chop off the heads of about 100 people per hour,” so that “in one ten hour day, 30 million people could be executed.”
To take an honest look at just how far we have fallen into Trump’s nightmare and a general level of terminal ignorance aided and abetted by the Republican Party (and the 70 percent of evangelicals voting for the master of delusional “thinking” ) read the rest of this stunning Washington Post article HERE.
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