Thursday, August 20, 2020

Trump hugs QAnon

Charlie Sykes (thebulwark.com) exposes Trump’s embracement of QAnon.

How do you spell QAnon? C. R. A. Z. Y.

… it was still flabbergasting to watch President Trump fully embrace The Crazy from the podium in the White House. It was a genuine WTF moment, even for people who don’t use that kind of language in polite society.

Maybe this was inevitable, since we have had ample warnings about how the president’s mind works: his fetish for conspiracy theorists, his fascination with the fever swamps, and his enthusiasm for anyone who says nice things about him.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday offered encouragement to proponents of QAnon, a viral conspiracy theory that has gained a widespread following among people who believe the president is secretly battling a criminal band of sex traffickers, and suggested that its proponents were patriots upset with unrest in Democratic cities.

“I’ve heard these are people that love our country,” Mr. Trump said during a White House news conference ostensibly about the coronavirus. “So I don’t know really anything about it other than they do supposedly like me.”

A reporter gave him a chance to clarify this, by telling Trump that one of the central tenets of QAnon is that Trump is saving the world from a satantic cult of pedophiles and cannibals connected to prominent Democrats, celebrities, and denizens of the Deep State.

Trump said: “I haven’t heard that. But is that supposed to be a bad thing or a good thing? If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it, and I’m willing to put myself out there,.And we are, actually. We’re saving the world from a radical left philosophy that will destroy this country. And when this country is gone, the rest of the world would follow.”

As the Times deadpanned this morning, “Mr. Trump’s cavalier response was a remarkable public expression of support for conspiracy theorists who have operated in the darkest corners of the internet and have at times been charged with domestic terrorism and planned kidnapping.”

Loomer the looney is Trump’s BFF

And what is this president actually saying? Let’s be clear, because there’s a tendency to lapse into euphemisms like “crazy,” and “far right,” and “provocateur” to describe figures like Trump’s new BFF, Laura Loomer, who won a congressional primary this week. Because she’s running in a heavily Democratic district, she’s not likely to actually make it to Congress, but that makes the presidential shout- out even stranger.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet!

As our friends at Reason magazine note: “This is embarrassing because Loomer is a lunatic. She previously said that someone should create a ‘non Islamic’ ’version of Uber so that she could avoid giving money to immigrant drivers. She celebrated the deaths of 2,000 migrants and expressed hope that more would die. She went to Parkland, Florida, on behalf of InfoWars to spread misinformation about the 2018 mass shooting, and also teamed up with far-right grifter Jacob Wohl.”

None of this is an exaggeration. Loomer is not simply “far right,” she is a thoroughly detestable human being, who openly relishes cruelty and human suffering. After 51 people were murdered in Christchurch, New Zealand by a white nationalist, she made it clear on social media that she didn’t care.

And now the president is all-in. David French tweeted: “Trump won’t stop hyping the bigots and the nuts. This is the kind of GOP he loves.”

But, notes Lucy Caldwell, “Not just ‘the kind of GOP he loves.’ This IS the GOP now.”

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