For all intents and purposes, when you get right down to it, Donald Trump is nothing more than your typical unhinged conspiracy theorist who most of us mock for thinking that practically everything in this life is “out to get them.” As I’ve joked about before, Trump may go down in history as the only white male billionaire who was born into a wealthy family who spent much of his life claiming that the system was “rigged against him.”
As we’ve seen time after time with Trump, if something doesn’t go his way, his go-to move is to cite some sort of conspiracy. Even when he was elected “president” he couldn’t resist pushing his unfounded conspiracy about “millions of illegal votes” simply because Hillary Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes than he did.
When he couldn’t stand that this country was being run by an African American male, he spent years trying to delegitimize his presidency by pushing the racist conspiracy that he wasn’t an American citizen.
Even something as petty as The Apprentice not winning an Emmy drove Trump to claim the voting was “unfair” and “rigged.”
So it doesn’t surprise me that Trump seems to be a big fan of promoting sick conspiracy theorists. As they say, birds of a feather.
The latest example occurred on Saturday when Trump promoted a post on Twitter from Wayne Dupree, a disgusting pile of garbage who claimed that Sandy Hook was faked and the parents were “crisis actors.” He claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was just part of the “New World Order’s agenda” to confiscate guns.
Dupree has also perpetuated the shameful conspiracy that the students from the Parkland shooting are also “crisis actors.” A conspiracy that has been endorsed by Trump’s oldest son.
Many of you probably already know that this isn’t the first time Trump’s promoted a conspiracy theorist who claimed that Sandy Hook wasn’t real. This “president” has also praised Infowars’ Alex Jones — this guy — a bottom-feeding shitcow who hasn’t met a deadly tragedy that he hasn’t tried to exploit for his own self interests.
Make no mistake about it folks, we’re facing one of the biggest threats to this country in decades. The normalization of vile and depraved conspiracy theorists who are becoming a mainstream voice for tens of millions of people in this country. One of our nation’s two major political parties has been hijacked by people who find it acceptable to attack teenage survivors of a horrific mass shooting simply because they don’t like what they have to say about gun reforms and the fact that weapons of war have absolutely no business being in the hands of ordinary civilians outside of a controlled environment.
If this keeps up — and I’m terrified that it’s going to — we’re going to hit a point in this country, if we’re not already there, where it’s no longer going to be Republican vs. Democrat or liberal vs. conservative, it’s going to be the sane vs. the insane. We’ve already seen Fox News’ Sean Hannity normalize pushing preposterous conspiracies five nights a week on his show. While he hasn’t gone as far as to deny a mass shooting is real, he has pushed the idea that there’s a “deep state conspiracy” working against Trump and that slain DNC staffer Seth Rich was possibly murdered by Hillary Clinton’s campaign or the DNC.
So he’s not that far off, and he’s certainly catering to and earning viewership from the same depraved people who listen to Alex Jones and Wayne Dupree.
If this doesn’t change soon, I’m afraid things are going to get much… much worse.