Wow, Tuesday Was a Day When ‘Political Crazy’ Came Out in Full Force

In politics, there’s never a shortage of “crazy” out there. When people ask me what’s one of the main things I’ve taken away from being someone who covers and writes about politics, it’s that I’m astonished how many unstable people there are in the world. It’s actually a bit terrifying to realize that the thousands of comments I read every week on various articles on the Internet are made by people who are allowed to roam freely among us, many legally allowed to drive and own guns.

Keeping my faith in humanity is a daily test, trust me.

Well, on Tuesday, we had a bit of a “perfect storm” of crazy descend upon the political world. With Bernie Sanders officially endorsing Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch being brought in front of Congress and President Obama speaking at a memorial for the slain Dallas police officers, I knew yesterday was going to be a long one.

First, the Sanders endorsement brought out the wave of insanity we saw a glimpse of last week. While I avoided Facebook comments the best I could, I spent a good part of my day blocking and muting people on Twitter. I literally had several messages from people telling me that the media was calling it an endorsement when it really wasn’t because you could tell he was only doing it because he “had to,” and I needed to “read between the lines.” One thing I’ve learned during this 2016 election is the far-left can be every bit as batshit crazy and conspiracy driven as the far-right.

To be fair, I saw a lot of people who recognized that this was inevitable and pledged to follow Bernie’s lead in helping Democrats keep the White House this November.

Then there was Donald Trump’s Twitter meltdown over the Sanders endorsement. Here are a couple of his tweets:

To any Bernie Sanders supporter dumb enough to fall for this load of crap from Trump, if you do, you’ve lost any right to call yourself a liberal or a progressive. I know the vast majority are smart enough to recognize Trump’s blatant pandering, but I’m still seeing far too many Sanders supporters speak more highly of Trump than they do of Clinton.

Speaking of supposed “liberals” who spend more time whining about other liberals than they do speaking out against Republicans, Green Party hero Dr. Jill Stein also had quite the Twitter hissy fit once she realized she wasn’t going to be able to exploit Bernie Sanders’ name for attention much longer. I would list some of her tweets, but she sent out roughly 43 anti-Clinton tweets in the twelve hours following Sanders’ endorsement. Here’s a couple to give you an idea of just how absurd this woman is:

Again, tell me, why is it the Green Party spends more time bashing and attacking “not liberal enough Democrats,” while almost never going after Republicans? Of all the political pundits and politicians I saw yesterday who went after Clinton, no one spent more time bashing the Democratic presidential nominee than Dr. Jill Stein.

It’s like I’ve said about what the motto of The Green Party should really be: Helping elected ultra-conservative Republicans by spending most of their time whining about progressive Democrats not being liberal enough.

Then there was the news that Newt Gingrich had severed his ties with Fox News in a move many are saying could be a sign that he’s going to be Trump’s pick for VP.

Are you kidding me? 

Please… please let Trump pick Gingrich as his running mate. If there was one thing you could have told me I would have found more unlikely than Trump becoming the Republican nominee for president, it was someone picking Newt Gingrich as their vice president.

Imagine this for a moment:

Trump/Gingrich 2016: Sure, combined we’ve had six marriages and three adulterous affairs, but we’re totally the party for good, moral Christian values.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Then there was the memorial for the murdered Dallas police officers attended by President Obama and former President George W. Bush. While both men’s speeches were fantastic, sadly, one of the most talked about stories that came from the event was Bush’s dancing. I know he didn’t mean anything by it, and his speech really was good, but it was such a ridiculous Bush thing to do.

Of course, President Obama couldn’t give a speech without getting bashed relentlessly afterward by the usual suspects. Most notably, gun fanatics freaked out after he mentioned gun violence during a speech at a memorial service where 5 police officers were killed — by gun violence. While his comments weren’t much different than those recently made by the Dallas mayor and police chief, it was apparently the end of the world for some folks because the president dared to say anything.

Not too long ago a day like yesterday would have been a day where most people put politics aside to just show respect for the president giving a fantastic speech honoring the tragic loss of five lives. However, those days are long gone. Now when tragedy strikes, conservatives can’t rush to the Internet, a media outlet or a blog fast enough to blame whatever happened on President Obama.

Then there was Attorney General Loretta Lynch appearing before Congress where Republicans tried their best to get her to explain what FBI Director James Comey explained to them last week. She refused to give in to their leading “gotcha” questions and frequent attempts to back her into a corner, so of course congressional Republicans were not happy. That only feeds into the conniption fit Republicans are continuing to throw because, like Benghazi, they didn’t get their way when it came to the FBI’s investigation.

Last, and most certainly least, if you really want to see sheer insanity and stupidity, head on over to “Sanders supporter”/anti-Hillary hack H.A. Goodman’s Twitterjust wow.

Every day in politics carries with it a decent amount of crazy, but Tuesday was definitely a day where it was on full display from both the far-left and the far-right.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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