A Return To Form, Of A Sort

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Memo to Jeffrey Lord, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson: YOU ARE DUMB.

Well, it's officially time to end the crusade. With Rubio's loss in Florida and subsequent suspension of his presidential campaign, there are only three Republican candidates left. Which means the only way I could continue my They're All Awful version of IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS would be to have one Trump quote, one Cruz quote, and one Kasich quote every week, and none of us want that. So we return to pseudo-normal service, although everything this week is, of course, about Trump and his rallies.

"MoveOn.org. The new Ku Klux Klan. The newest leftist incarnation of that old leftist formula that combines racism with violence to push the progressive agenda." - CNN's Jeffrey Lord, who has clearly decided he likes getting yelled at for saying stupid shit.

MoveOn? The Clinton-era liberal group whose name is a literal reference to the idea that we should probably stop talking about Clinton's sex scandals? They're the new Klan? Why not go after ACORN and the Tennessee Valley Authority while you're at it? Here's how relevant MoveOn is. I've been following this story since it broke, and this is the first I've heard that MoveOn was even involved in the Chicago protests that led Donald Trump to lie about police advice in order to cancel his event and play victim to gullible fucktards like Lord.

And not that this even needs to be said, but there's a difference between "racism", which Lord used a lot, and "appealing to people based on race", which is the only evidence Lord cites for MoveOn actually being racist. By that logic, Trader Joe's is racist. Or at least seems that way every time I go in there on a Saturday afternoon. Even Trump appealing to people based on race isn't strictly racist. It's his appealing to people based on how awful all the other races are that does the trick.

"no, no, he was,” Trump told host Chuck Todd. “If you look on the Internet, if you look at clips, he was waving an American flag... He was walking, dragging the American flag on the ground... All I know is what's on the Internet." - Donald Trump, continuing to insist that the guy that tried to jump on stage with him in Dayton, Ohio had ties to ISIS.

Trump, or his campaign, or both, were fooled by a hastily-put-together Internet hoax video that dubbed Arabic music over the footage of Secret Service agents awkwardly reacting to a guy utterly failing to even get past the barrier to the stage where he hoped to grab the microphone and call Trump a racist. Now, as we've seen before, blatant evidence that wingnuts have altered a video does not affect any Republican's view of what that video shows, so it's not super-surprising that Trump held to his completely wrong assertion.

But if there's a more succinct missions statement for the Trump campaign, and the Tea Party fever swamps from whence it sprung like the Legion of Doom headquarters, I don't know what it is. I saw it on the Internet, therefore it must be true, even though I can also see the exact opposite on the Internet, but that doesn't give me a hate-boner the way the mention of ISIS or baby parts do, so I, as the man once said, reject your reality and substitute my own.

“I think certainly if the protesters continue with their Alinskyite tactics there is a real possibility of escalation. Because those who are the victims of them have two choices. They can submit to them and just meekly do whatever those protesters want them to do, or they can fight back.” - Ben Carson, fake-ass motherfucker.

Carson all but admitted yesterday that he endorsed Donald Trump not because he likes Donald Trump, but rather that he thinks Trump has the best shot at winning. And implied that it was also because Trump (illegally) promised him a position in any eventual Trump administration. So for all his soft-spoken weirdness, Ben Carson's as much of a fucking value-free opportunist as the rest of them.

Also, "Alinskyite"? Seriously, that whole Obama-Leftist-Saul Alinsky thing never, ever played beyond the... I don't want to say "wingnut intelligentsia" for obvious reasons, but but there were a small group of wingnuts who used "Saul Alinsky" deliberately, knowing who he was and trying to tie him to Obama, and then for each one of those, there were maybe 10 who used it the way Pavlov used a bell. Not a large group of people, so I don't know who Ben Carson thinks he's playing to. The rest of the message, where he paints a bunch of shitkicking racist suckerpunchers as "victims" who are merely "fighting back", plays much better, unfortunately.