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Perfect Perfidy

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Memo to Jan Brewer and Donald Trump: WE SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.

One of the "fun" things about the 2016 campaign is the way that, due to one candidate's tendency to Just Say Shit, a lot of weird stupidities about American politics are being exposed to an unprecedented degree. I say "fun" because the collective "eh, what are you gonna do?" this exposing is met with by the media and the general public means we all knew it was always like this, and we never cared, and we never will.

As an example, let's start with this quote from Jan Brewer. It's not particularly interesting on it's own, mind you. If you've ever argued with an asshole, or even watched an asshole argue from a distance, you will have heard words very much like this before. But I need it for the setup, so ACTUAL SETUP QUOTE TIME!

"President Obama just always comes tearing after Republicans constantly, calling names and calling people bigots and racists. And that’s their big comeback, you know. And it’s absolutely ridiculous... To see a president speak like that is offensive... With President Obama and Hillary Clinton, every time you disagree with them, it doesn’t matter which subject it is, you’re a bigot or you’re a racist!" - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, on CNN.

This is, of course, patently bullshit. I'm not even sure President Obama has ever dropped the R-bomb on a Republican. And eight years of assholes calling Obama "the real racist" has made it impossible for me to search it if he did. But even if he did, it actually does matter which subject it is. Because it's pretty much entirely when you treat people differently because of their ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion that either Obama or Clinton even say things that hint at calling Republicans bigots or racists. They are, quite frankly, being remarkably restrained, and Jan Brewer is deeply ungrateful for it, probably because she hates Mexicans.

Now, here's the thing. Jan Brewer supports Donald Trump. And not in a "well, he's better than Hillary" way. When she endorsed him, Kasich, Rubio, Cruz, and Carson were all still in the race. Even if two of them were Latinos, that's still a pretty early leap aboard the Trump train.

I mention this, of course, because Elizabeth Warren said a bunch of mean things about Trump recently. Mostly about his business dealings and his general attitude towards exploiting the common man for financial gain. And here's what Trump said about her in response.

"She made up her heritage, which I think is racist. I think she's a racist, actually because what she did was very racist. She used the fact that she was Native American to advance her career. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud. I know it. Other people who work with her know it. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud." - Trump, in a phone interview with NBC.

Which, of course, is exactly what Jan Brewer accused Obama of doing to Republicans. He even said the word "racist". Three times. And this contradiction is important, but not as important as talking about Donald Trump's word usage and sentence structure, because if you can read the above sentences and not cringe at it on a purely logical and grammatical level, you're a kinder person than I am.

Notice the cavalier and incorrect usage of the word "fact" there. In the context of his charge against Warren, if it's a fact that she's Native American, that would blow up his entire charge. Of course, the charge is false regardless of Warren's heritage - Warren saying she had Native ancestry on a Harvard diversity survey while she worked there got morphed by the wingnuts into "Elizabeth Warren got into Harvard on a fake affirmative action claim", and that's what Donald Trump thinks happened, because he's a USA Today comments section given flesh.

Also, he thinks she's racist because what she did is very racist, or, depending on which part of the sentence you read, he "thinks" it's racist? Even in the worst case scenario, it'd only be "appropriation racism", which, on the racism spectrum, isn't anywhere near, say, a bunch of white supremacists who got stabby in Sacramento vowing to come to the Republican convention to "protect" Trump supporters.

Anyway, back to the main point. There's no decoding required here. There's no parsing of careful language to determine the true meaning, there's no plausible deniability to hide behind. It's just straight up stupidity, lying, and madness, and everyone is trying to pretend like things still operate within the parameters of the system, because they're invested in the parameters of the system. Wondering when Trump will "pivot", or "change", or "become presidential", which, under the rules, will allow them to discount every horrible thing he's ever said. As a wise man has said many times, shit is fucked up and bullshit.