into a trumpian rabbit hole

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It’s another rabbit hole post. Last time we fell deep into a new age swamp. This time we stick a foot into alt-right ideology. It’s an eerie world where up is down and white is black. It’s a place where evil doctors rip babies out of wombs at nine months, and sinister rapists and terrorists sneak across the border from Mexico by the truckload. It’s a place where the major news media meet and conspire in a dark room, deciding to sink the Trump candidacy through the dastardly tactic of reporting on what he actually says every day.

Into the hole

Our first step down into the rabbit hole involves claims of election rigging. Trump and company claim that thousands of people will cast votes in place of dead men who are still on the registration rolls. They also say that gangs of illegal aliens will be brought in for the express purpose of unauthorized voting.

They kind of gloss over the fact that this type of voting fraud is incredibly rare. In this alternate world, if Trump loses it’s due to fraud. Period. “I’ll accept the results … if I win,” says Trump, sounding like a despot.

I have a friend who’s confident that solid evidence of large-scale election rigging will appear. He just has a feeling about it, I guess. Just believes it, even though it hasn’t happened yet, because that’s the narrative demanded by ideology. If necessary, the alt-right press will come up with unverified examples of voter fraud it in order to shore up the fantasy.

While some lonely person with a gun stands at the southern border, looking for trucks loaded with voters, we’ll descend farther into the hole.

Another step down the ladder

Remember when the U.S. presidential election came down to just a few hundred votes back in 2000? That’s when the Supreme Court stepped in, stopped the recount process, and gave the presidency to Bush in a 5-4 vote. Hillary Clinton pointed to problems in that election at the time, but she didn’t challenge Bush’s status as president.

Down in the rabbit hole, Clinton’s protests about how that election went down are alleged to be equivalent to Trump stating in advance that the vote will be rigged, he won’t accept it, and he’ll file lawsuits, but only if he loses. It’s a desperate exercise in false equivalency. In whose dreamland are these behaviors even close to the same? (Answer: Hannity’s. Breitbart’s).

A side trip to the dubious

The mythology of the alt-right universe includes the belief that Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s disease or some kind of seizure disorder. Miraculously, throughout her tenure as Secretary of State, her months of who-knows-how-many campaign appearances and flying all over the nation, and her three televised debates, only a few alt-right wing-nuts and their TV doctor experts were able to determine “the truth” about her health. Please note that this allegedly disabled and physically unfit candidate crushed her opponent in two (some would argue three) of those debates, What does that say about Trump?

Deep down in the crazy

Ack, we’re sliding farther into the pit. In the darkness of the rabbit hole, Trump’s recorded comments such as “Grab them by the pussy” are merely locker room talk and have no negative reflection on the man’s character. The defense argument is that plenty of regular guys get together and brag about abusing women in private. It’s a sport. A joke. And it’s only talk. Ha ha! Then a dozen women came forward with stories of actual abuse. It wasn’t funny before they came forward and it’s even more repulsive now.

The bottom of the pit

Unfortunately we have one more step down to the dank, rotting floor of the rabbit hole. This is where people darkly hint that the Clintons are responsible for the murder of some of their critics or associates. Evidence? Zero. It’s the last gambit for someone who has no respectability left to lose.

How do you play this game? First, find anyone who was in any way involved with or criticized the Clintons, whether famous or inconsequential. There must be tens of thousands, but you only need to find the ones who are no longer living. No matter how each one of them died, say that the death was “mysterious.” Heart attack? Say “alleged heart attack.” It’s just that easy. Find something, anything unusual about the death and play it up big. Now link them all to the Clintons and ask, “What’s going on here?” No evidence required.

You could successfully play this game with any public figure, from Rush Limbaugh to Mr. Rogers. It’s cruel, though. When you claim someone didn’t really die of a heart attack, for example, you are affecting that person’s family. They are mourning the death and trying to get on with their lives. These Clinton conspiracists are like the loons who rage at Sandy Hook parents and tell them that their kid didn’t die. They don’t care about the families, because ideology comes first.

Let’s get out of here

Yeesh. Time to head back up the ladder and take a shower. The new age rabbit hole in the previous post was silly, but not so ugly.