Trump has jumped off the QAnon cliff
If the latest wacko conspiracy theories aren’t enough for Donald Trump, don’t worry — he’ll just make up some new ones, this time involving Democrats in dark shadows and planes carrying protesting thugs.
In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, no stranger to conspiracy theories herself, Trump played his usual cards to distract the country from his failure with the COVID-19 pandemic (currently more than 183,000 dead in the U.S., with 6 million cases). He offered new, even crazier theories about the protests over police brutality and killings of unarmed Black citizens. Turns out — in Trump’s claim, anyway — it’s because of secret people in “dark shadows” who are controlling Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden. Trump’s tin-foil hat theories are crazier than the QAnon fantasies about Democratic leaders running pedophile rings out of pizza restaurants.
Among the claims, according to an NBC News story:
- People in these “dark shadows” are “pulling Joe Biden’s strings.”
- To try and disrupt the Trump-centric Republican National Convention, a plane was “almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that, they are on a plane.” Trump added, “I’ll tell you sometime, but it’s under investigation right now.”
- Trump also compared police shootings to golf, saying, “There’s a whole big thing there, but they (officers) choke just like in a golf tournament, they miss a 3-foot putt.” So — when police shoot and kill someone, do they turn to a fellow officer and say, “That’ll be a mulligan”?
I’d like to know more about these scary-sounding planes. Never mind the fact that you can’t even board a plane these days with a full-size tube of toothpaste, much less weapons and riot gear. Are they being funded by left-leaning billionaire financier George Soros? As one frequent Trump critic, pastor and author John Pavlovitz, sarcastically tweeted, “I only fly ANTIFA Air.”
Trump only amplified his Looney Tunes theories with more explanation on the supposed plane full of badduns: “The entire plane [was] filled up with the looters, the anarchists, the rioters, people that obviously were looking for trouble.”
No doubt Trump will continue to push his theories in a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, site of the latest unrest after police shot Jacob Blake six times in the back. Blake still lies in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Trump is traveling to Kenosha against the wishes of Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, and Kenosha’s Democratic mayor, John Antaramian. “I don’t know how, given any of the previous statements that the president made, that he intends to come here to be helpful, and we absolutely don’t need that right now,” said Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.
In protests that turned into violence in subsequent days, some out-of-town, self-described “militia” types arrived in Kenosha, assault-style weapons in hand, to confront protestors. One, Kyle Rittenhouse, crossed state lines from Illinois to show his support for the boys in blue by allegedly killing two protestors and shooting another. He faces six criminal counts, including first-degree intentional homicide.
Of course, Trump defended Rittenhouse, claiming he was only defending himself. Actually, the 17-year-old Rittenhouse was too young to be carrying an AR-15 legally, in either Illinois or Wisconsin, and too young to have a concealed-carry permit, according to Politifact.
So what does Joe Biden, the guy supposedly under the influence of people in “dark shadows,” have to say about all this? Biden said — accurately — that Donald Trump has made America a more dangerous place.
In a speech in Pittsburgh, Biden scorched Trump’s “law and order” message, saying it is designed to instill fear. Biden said Trump is ignoring the reality that “he is President, whether he knows it or not.” According to a CNN story:
He also condemned Trump, whose armed supporters have been involved in violent clashes with protestors, saying Trump’s refusal to call on his own supporters to “stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows how weak he is.”
Biden was unequivocal about his feelings about protests: No violence. He called it “an affront to the tactics of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis.”
“I want to be clear about all of this: Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted,” Biden said. “Violence will not bring change, it will only bring destruction. It’s wrong in every way.”
After Trump no doubt stirs up trouble with his visit to Kenosha, Biden said he, too, might visit Kenosha to meet with Blake’s family. Something tells me that his words will be received better than Trump’s violence-laden rhetoric.
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