There are a litany of right-wing blogs and websites that masquerade as “news” when they’re really nothing more than radical conspiracy sites. One of the worst of the bunch is a site called Word Net Daily, more commonly known as WND.com. To put into perspective just how absurd this site is, I would say its credibility falls somewhere between InfoWars and Breitbart. In other words, it has almost no credibility.
This was one of the sites leading the “birther” charge back in 2008, sponsoring the infamous billboard that I’m sure most everyone has seen at one time or another:
But the depravity of this site doesn’t stop at “birtherism.” This is a group of people who’ve perpetuated the idea that soy leads to homosexuality; promoted a book that claimed most Nazis were gay and responsible for the Holocaust; and has pushed the idea that the “blood moon” is a sign that the world is coming to an end. Even the Southern Poverty Law Center has condemned them for essentially embracing white nationalism. Plus they’re also a leading site for pushing anti-Muslim propaganda.
In other words, the website is a joke.
Well, to the surprise of nobody reading this I’m sure, the folks over at WMD named Donald Trump their “Man of the Year.” When you’re a website that white supremacists embrace, anti-Muslim bigots trust and homophobic idiots think is credible – it’s only natural that someone like Trump would be the person they admired most in 2015.
So, how did Trump react to being named the “Man of the Year” on a bottom-feeding site such as this? Well, with pride and honor, of course:
Thank you so much to https://t.co/8OMryrUVET for naming me the 2015 Man of the Year. This is indeed a great honor for me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2016
A great honor to be named “Man of the Year”… from a website that promoted the idea that homosexuals are responsible for the Holocaust.
This is what the Republican party has turned into over the last few years. A party that embraces radical fringe websites and conspiracies. People who think military exercises are plots by the Obama administration to confiscate guns and these mass shootings are “false flag” operations by the government. In 2015, we saw the GOP publicly embrace “the crazy” they had long denied was a driving force within their party.
The real question becomes, how far will this all go? While a good chunk of the Republican party’s voter base is comprised of extremely paranoid and delusional people, there’s still a sizable chunk out there who remain fairly rational. But as Trump and his ideology continues to become a fixture within the GOP, the party itself is facing a very uncertain future. Republicans can’t expect to remain relevant nationally while being the party of candidates who are embraced and celebrated by sites such as WND.com. Except that’s what’s happening.
When it’s all said and done, if Donald Trump ultimately wins the GOP nomination, that might be the very thing that finally rips the Republican party apart.
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