Tragically, the Pathological Liar is currently Our President…That isn’t just me giving an opinion or ranting about my personal disgust for Trump. That he really is a pathological liar is verified & documented! When are all the gullible out there among us finally going to get it? There are a number of broad categories from which most of Trump’s lies are based, which his state-sponsored echo dutifully goes right along with him. It’s stunning when several hard facts about our political world are proven beyond refute, yet so many are still trapped by their stubborn tribal misconceptions. Let’s review some of the most common areas of confusion where people had better get a clue! The real facts are these:
*The right-wing echo is not being honest with us
*The real media does try to report the news based on sourced facts
*Both sides are not equally deceptive since there’s far more blatant propaganda coming from the far-right
*The DOJ/FBI are not some devious deep-state enemy organizations
*The Mueller probe is far more than just a witch hunt
*The Clinton’s no longer matter to our current politics
*Most Dems are not socialists
*Moderate bipartisan politics should not be viewed as a disease
*Extremist politics are a growing problem causing our obstruction & gridlock
*The current economy still isn’t working for a huge number of Americans
*Total capitulation to unfettered free markets won’t solve our basic structural economic problems
*Our immigration laws do need fixed but are far from our biggest concerns
*The Trump base represents a minority of the country
*Trump does lie to us…CONSTANTLY!
The president’s rallies have degenerated into a plethora of lies, willing to spew any falsehood to rile up the crowds while he’s even feeling a sense of obligation to toss out the red meat they came for. And most of all, he seeks to get his base out to vote. Anybody that actually believes what Trump says must be naive (& wrong) beyond belief, but please try spreading this blog address around, thevoracs.com. Whatever time people devote to watching Fox News, they should spend at least that much time on TheVORACS & other more balanced media sources. Those conservatives who are open-minded enough to actually look beyond that tribal Fox News illogic & talk radio debauchery, it’s not that hard to see the truth once a person is willing to look for it. Of course, Fox fake news viewers are as stubbornly close-minded as they come, but we keep trying to reach them. Anyone who can be persuaded by facts over tribal loyalties, our efforts may help rescue them from the dark side, that delusional alternate universe where lies have become the standard fare.
As I follow the daily newsfeeds, there are times I just shake my head about this prez & mutter to myself in disgust the thoughts lie after lie after lie after lie. There needs to come a time as the American people we rise up in unison to say enough is enough! Hopefully that time starts as of today. And if Trump really wants better media coverage, he can start by being honest with us & quit lying incessantly. I used to kid just two decades ago we could always tell when President Clinton was lying, it was whenever his mouth was moving. But even Clinton wasn’t in the same league as Trump & it’s not even close! I also would always refer to the singer Barbra Streisand as B.S. for her ultra-liberal views. Now I say Streisand has an important new song at the bottom of part 3 we should listen to about Trump’s lying.
There at times at his rallies & elsewhere that Trump barely appears to be functioning as a normal human being. It’s truly terrifying to think he’s our president when he’s constantly throwing out ridiculous claims with no regard to the facts, being completely self-centered, non-empathetic & insensitive, dishing out insults & vitriolic rhetoric with no regard to the consequences. It’s really hard to believe the American people would have ever elected a pathological liar for president! It’s highly probable we’ve already heard more verifiable lies from our current president in less than two years, than all our previous presidents combined over the past 45 years! This just isn’t normal! And it’s certainly not the traits of a true leader. See excerpts here as the intro to president-trump-has-made-false-or-misleading-claims-over-days:
If President Trump’s torrent of words has seemed overwhelming of late, there’s a good reason for that. In the first nine months of his presidency, Trump made 1,318 false or misleading claims, an average of five a day. But in the seven weeks leading up the midterm elections, the president made 1,419 false or misleading claims — an average of 30 a day. Combined with the rest of his presidency, that adds up to a total of 6,420 claims through Oct. 30, the 649th day of his presidency, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. The flood of presidential misinformation has picked up dramatically as the president has barnstormed across the country, holding rallies with his supporters. Each of those rallies usually yields 35 to 45 suspect claims. But the president often has tacked on interviews with local media (in which he repeats the same false statements) and gaggles with the White House press corps before and after his trips. So that adds up to 84 claims on Oct. 1, when he held a rally in Johnson City, Tenn.; 83 claims on Oct. 22, when he held a rally in Houston; and 78 claims on Oct. 19, when he held a rally in Mesa, Ariz. Put another way: September was the second-biggest month of the Trump presidency, with 599 false and misleading claims. But that paled next to October, with almost double: 1,104 claims, not counting Oct. 31. The burden of keeping track of this verbiage has consumed the weekends and nights of The Fact Checker staff. We originally had planned to include Oct. 31 in this update, but the prospect of wading through 20 tweets and the nearly 10,000 words Trump spoke that day was too daunting for our deadline.
The president’s proclivity to twist data and fabricate stories is on full display at his rallies. He has his greatest hits: 120 times he had falsely said he passed the biggest tax cut in history, 80 times he has asserted that the U.S. economy today is the best in history and 74 times he has falsely said his border wall is already being built. (Congress has allocated only $1.6 billion for fencing, but Trump also frequently mentioned additional funding that has not yet been appropriated.) But there are many curious moments, too, suggesting the president is walled off from contradictory information. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump emphatically denied he had imposed many tariffs. “I mean, other than some tariffs on steel — which is actually small, what do we have? . . . Where do we have tariffs? We don’t have tariffs anywhere,” he insisted. The newspaper responded by printing a list of $305 billion tariffs on many types of U.S. imports.
Pathological Liar exposed by the Numbers, which does have Serious Consequences!
These elections will have huge implications extending even beyond our shores, revealed in excerpts from us-midterms-trump-horror-show. And just look at that extraordinary count on the number of lies!:
Every US election, presidential or midterm, is always hailed as the most important of our lifetimes, at least by the candidates stumping for votes. But this time the hype may actually be justified. To Americans, most obviously, but to a watching world too. It is a referendum on the age of Donald Trump, delivering a verdict on whether the last two years has been a horror show to be repudiated or a model to be advanced and copied. The pattern of serial, egregious lying – at last count he had made more than 6,400 false or misleading claims over the 650 days of his presidency, hitting a rate of 30 whoppers a day during the current campaign – would have won public approval. Americans would have accepted the semi-admission of mendacity Trump himself offered this week: “When I can, I tell the truth.” Meaning: when the truth is inconvenient, I lie. They would also have approved a political approach that has Trump serve not as President of the United States but as president of his base. His electoral gamble is that he does not need to build bridges across the nation’s divides, he does not need to win over the undecided, he simply needs to stir up and mobilise his own supporters. This guiding rule and the habitual lying are connected: he simply says whatever will rile those angry white voters who back him, regardless of truth, regardless of how much damage it will do. And that lesson will not only be learned in the US. Trump has long been the face of the populist wave that has surged in Europe and which this week gained its most overtly fascistic expression in the victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. If Republicans defy expectations and hold on, proving that 2016 was no fluke, there will be more wannabe Trumps. Bashing the press, turning on minorities, trashing norms, intimating violence: that will be the formula for success, bottled and ready for export. But if Trump were to stumble, he would suddenly look less like a model than a warning. Hate-filled populism will be seen to have its limits. The tunnel that we all entered that night two years ago will, at last, give way to a little light.
Pathological Liar or Serial Liar, take your pick, but they both define Trump
Another word for pathological liar is this newspaper correspondent calling Trump a “serial liar”: toronto-star-correspondent-calls-trump-a-serial-liar. Look at the way his lying has accelerated to unfathomable levels during these last few weeks of the midterm campaign: trump-has-made-more-false-claims-in-7-weeks-than-first-9-months. While getting all worked up in front of an emotional rally crowd, Trump goes into pathological liar mode by unleashing a torrent of lies. He only cares about entertaining & electrifying the crowd, not telling the truth. Read about full-trumpism on display in these excerpts from full-trumpism-the-presidents-apocalyptic-attacks-reach-a-new-level-of-falsity:
President Trump is painting an astonishingly apocalyptic vision of America under Democratic control in the campaign’s final days, unleashing a torrent of falsehoods and portraying his political opponents as desiring crime, squalor and poverty. As voters prepare to render their first verdict on his presidency in Tuesday’s midterm elections, Trump is claiming that Democrats want to erase the nation’s borders and provide sanctuary to drug dealers, human traffickers and MS-13 killers. He is warning that they would destroy the economy, obliterate Medicare and unleash a wave of violent crime that endangers families everywhere. And he is alleging that they would transform the United States into Venezuela with socialism run amok. Trump has never been hemmed in by fact, fairness or even logic. The 45th president proudly refuses to apologize and routinely violates the norms of decorum that guided his predecessors. But at one mega-rally after another in the run-up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, Trump has taken his no-boundaries political ethos to a new level — demagoguing the Democrats in a whirl of distortion and using the power of the federal government to amplify his fantastical arguments. In Columbia, Mo., the president suggested that Democrats “run around like antifa” demonstrators in black uniforms and black helmets, but underneath, they have “this weak little face” and “go back home into mommy’s basement.” In Huntington, W.Va., Trump called predatory immigrants “the worst scum in the world” but alleged that Democrats welcome them by saying, “Fly right in, folks. Come on in. We don’t care who the hell you are, come on in!” And in Macon, Ga., he charged that if Democrat Stacey Abrams is elected governor, she would take away the Second Amendment right to bear arms — though as a state official, she would not have the power to change the Constitution.
“He goes out and says crazy, horrible things, blows race whistles and sits back and watches his topic of craziness dominate cable TV for the next 24 hours,” said Republican strategist Mike Murphy, a Trump critic. “Everybody repeats his charge, and then there’s a lot of pearl-clutching and tsk-tsking, and then repeating it again.” Trump’s omnipresence has frustrated Democrats, who are attempting to stay focused on their campaign messages of health care and other pocketbook issues. Trump has had only one formative political experience: His 2016 race for president, which he won against odds by galvanizing his conservative base around nativist themes. Two years later, he is returning to the same playbook. “This freneticism at the end . . . him ratcheting up to a new level of histrionics and fear, the question is, ‘Is there a point of diminishing returns?’ ” asked David Axelrod, who was former president Barack Obama’s chief strategist. “Do these tactics at once offend some people but also appear so fundamentally contrived that even some who are inclined to vote for Republicans say, you lost me here?”
The president last week deployed thousands of U.S. troops to the border, ostensibly to protect the United States from the coming caravan, and has gloated on the stump about the “beautiful barbed wire” they have installed there. Several prominent former military leaders have denounced the deployment as a political stunt. Trump has been fueling the baseless conspiracy theory that the caravan is being funded by George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and Democratic mega-donor who was the target of a mail bomb last month. The same conspiracy theory allegedly motivated the suspect in the mass slaughter at a Pittsburgh synagogue eight days ago. “They want to invite caravan after caravan, and it is a little suspicious how those caravans are starting, isn’t it?” Trump asked at a Saturday night rally in Pensacola, Fla. “Isn’t it a little? And I think it’s a good thing maybe that they did it. Did they energize our base or what?” Trump also has floated the idea of signing an executive order to end birthright citizenship. Many legal experts argue he does not have that power because the 14th Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to citizenship for any child born in the United States. And the generated panic over the caravan and sending up to 15,000 troops to the border is expensive political theater and not much more.” Trump’s focus on immigration and nationalist appeals is part of a strategy to counter high voter enthusiasm on the left by mobilizing all of his 2016 supporters to turn out for other Republicans.
Other Articles Detailing Trump’s Lying:
Which is why the song at the bottom of part 3 is dedicated to him, the certified pathological liar. Please check out what’s inside the following links:
The degree of lying we’re hearing from our president is truly a level of demagoguery we’ve never seen before in America!:
Sometimes Trump’s lies are just subtle distortions. Other times they are yuge whoppers!:
Another article on that very same lie, since his support with African-Americans is closer to 4%, not 40%!:
More blatant lies are exposed here, discussing the caravan conspiracy & prejudiced ad the networks won’t run:
Hear this monologue. The GOP has become the party of Trump & the ghost of Joseph McCarthy, & as Fareed concludes inside fareed-zakaria-caravan-gop-conspiracy-sot-gps-vpx.cnn, the party feeds conspiracies & paranoia tinged with racism, bigotry & anti-Semitism.
He Promotes Fear over Facts
Letting the GOP continue controlling Congress would unleash the inner-demons of demagoguery inside of Trump, which could send our nation into a downward spiral where America would never be great again! See why Trump used the strategy he did in these excerpts from trump-closing-argument-ugly-immigration-speech:
President Donald Trump’s closing argument for the 2018 midterm elections represents a dangerous escalation of demagogic rhetoric. If it works, things are only going to get worse. During his presidential campaign, Trump shocked the media and half of the country by declaring Mexicans rapists and outlining an isolationist vision for America. He also covertly sent an “us versus them” message cloaked in the rhetoric of jobs and the economy. “It used to be the cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the damn water in Flint. What the hell!” Trump yelled at the crowd during his final rally in the early morning hours of Election Day 2016. It was a promise to his white supporters that he would put them ahead of other groups, like racial and religious minorities and immigrants — the very definition of demagogic politics. This year, Trump doesn’t bother with fig leaves. He smears minority groups, particularly immigrants, with impunity. This week alone, he made comments, sent tweets, and unveiled policies (some real and some fake) all designed to further dehumanize and demonize his scapegoats.
It looked erratic or even desperate, an irrational response to the reality that Republicans continue to trail in the generic ballot days before the election. It might be desperate, but it’s not irrational. Trump has a good reason to act as he has. It’s his most effective political strategy. And it’s a strategy that demagogues know has to keep ratcheting up to work. And if he’s not stopped now, he’ll only get worse. “Every demagogue acts voluntarily and through choices. They are not how they are painted; they are not creatures of their own appetite, irrational and out of control,” said Michael Signer, a professor at the University of Virginia who has written extensively on demagogues. “They tend to be extremely opportunistic and shameless and ruthless political actors.” Trump’s message is growing increasingly extreme. Like all demagogues, he has no choice but to continue to ratchet up his worst words and worst behavior. While the media and other political observers struggle to see anything but a meltdown, his supporters see exactly what they want to see. They don’t support him in spite of his behavior. They support him because of it.
The challenge for demagogues is they don’t have much room to reposition themselves. They can’t start capitulating to the media, apologizing for, say, inspiring someone to mail bombs to his political enemies. They can’t start trying to work on policy with experts and release reasonable plans that take many interests into account — that’s the very opposite of why he’s supported. Demagogues draw a line between themselves and supporters and their enemies. There is no ground for compromise. That leaves them to yell louder and with more malice. “Sometimes it can be an act of desperation, and sometimes it can be an act of pure entrepreneurship,” said Steven Levitsky, a Harvard professor and co-author of How Democracies Die. “In the US, it’s closer to an act of desperation. Trump has argued pretty consistently that Republicans, as constituted, know that they’re in a fair amount of electoral trouble in the medium term. They’re playing dirty because they’re trying to grab what they can now.” “There’s a similar wave of activism among rank-and-file Americans who are repulsed by what they’re seeing,” Signer said. “Trump is seeing that, and it does alarm him, and he has responded by doing more of what he came into office doing, which is more of the demagogue stuff. You really do have two tsunamis colliding into one another.” “This is one of, if not the greatest, tests constitutional democracy has been through.”
Most of Us can See Clearly, while His Base is still Blinded
Yes, our eyes are now wide open, as presented by what we now know of Trump from these numerous examples seen inside this-time-our-eyes-are-wide-open. It’s horrifying to have a leader not only hellbent on bringing us authoritarian governing, but his inflammatory messaging is unleashing the ugliness of the racists & bigots among us, some who are inspired to even cross the line into domestic terrorism. These dangerous movements are growing, having a president who won’t denounce them & actually has their backs, seen in these posts from trump-administration-tree-of-life-shooting-domestic-terrorism. Forget the caravan, this is what should terrify us:
De-radicalization is arguably a more pressing issue than ever. Over the past decade there has been a spike in right-wing extremist activity and in 2016, hate crimes reached their highest mark since 2012. “Over the course of the past several years, there’s been a normalization, if you will, of hate speech or extremism both online and offline,” Selim, who is now the senior vice president of programs at the Anti-Defamation League, told me. “The combination of the an uptick of extremist and anti-Semitic rhetoric that has now been mainstreamed, with the mainstreaming of hate and extremism as part of our political discourse, coupled with some the technical capability social media savvy, allows for these haters and bigots to better connect and organize online. This recipe has created this very combustible mix across America.” Complicating matters, officials say, is Trump’s hate-fueled commentary about migrants, Muslims, and George Soros, the billionaire Democratic donor loathed by anti-Semites. “You are adding fuel to the fire,” the second former official said. “We are at a turning point where a lot of the fringe groups think that their views are becoming mainstream, so we see these types of manifestations like you did last week.” Heidi Beirich, the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, was even more blunt. “You have hate emanating from the highest official in the land,” she told me. “It’s one thing when you have white supremacists saying these terrible things on their own to each other, or even trying to propagandize, and it’s a far different situation when they have the sanction of the highest office and, frankly, other folks in the G.O.P. who are parroting those ideas.”
The violent fringe of right-wing politics is indeed creeping into the mainstream. The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year was billed by its organizers as a “coming out” of sorts for proud white nationalists. Republican Congressman Steve King, who has espoused racist talking points in the past, has grown increasingly vocal in his view that nonwhite immigrants are destroying Western culture. Nor is he the only politician echoing language that was once carefully filtered through rhetorical dog-whistles. In the 2018 election cycle, the Anti-Defamation League identified more than a dozen candidates for political office with “problematic views” ranging from white nationalist sympathies to outright anti-Semitism. Though the White House is eager to shift the blame, experts say Trump is driving the political realignment that has brought the far right-wing out of the shadows. “It doesn’t matter what the president’s intention is. It is how it is perceived by the general populous and the far fringes,” said Daryl Johnson, a former D.H.S. analyst, citing the president’s use of racially loaded terms such as “invaders” and “nationalist,” and his more controversial policy platforms, such as revoking birthright citizenship and banning Muslim immigrants. “When he flirts with that stuff and puts that stuff out, it is emboldening those who believe in the even more fringe conspiracy theories. Because he is seen as the highest government position in the land and he is endorsing these things,” Johnson told me. “These are all extremist messages that I saw on Stormfront and other white supremacist message boards 10 or 15 years ago, and now they are being endorsed as policy by the president.”
Who has Trump really energized?
Jennifer Rubin made this point, that we’ve seen in the past two weeks that Trump’s lies and racism can have deadly consequences. If for no other reason, news outlets need to remain vigilant about reflexively transmitting Trump’s false, toxic rhetoric. We’ve all been reminded how much words — and images — matter. So while Trump’s final message in his stump speeches are pure lies & demagoguery, this strategy seems to have energized Hispanic voters to turn out against the GOP: trump-isnt-inciting-violence-by-mistake-he-just-told-us.
Fox Fake News & Insanity Hannity’s Blatant Conflict of Interest
As we see this relentless full-fledged attack on the media from team-Trump, think of the irony where the persistent echo-liars are trying to blame others for the same offenses those echo-accusers are always committing themselves:
This is hilarious because it’s close to being realistic:
Rubin recently wrote this: In sum, while Fox continues its descent into journalistic self-destruction (Sean Hannity attending Trump’s final midterm rally, for example, seems horridly perfect). The insane one who pollutes our TV screens every weeknight proves yet again he’s no journalist. This article discloses Hannity is now totally of out control!:
The 3 Stooges out to destroy our democracy:
Which this article describes those 3 in even stronger terms. Aside from terrorists & mass shooters plotting their murderous rampages, there are no more dangerous people in America than these 3:
Yes, this network is not a real news source, as they’re hyperpartisan & dangerous:
Maybe there really is media bias, but not in the way people might think:
The perpetually-ditzy Judge Jeanine raises some interesting points in this posting taken from https://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/:
As the midterm election gets closer, the deranged conspiracy theories of Fox News Trump-fluffers get more perverse and mired in absurdity. Donald Trump is the point man in this mission with his increasingly offensive, racist, and dishonest ravings from the podium at his cult rallies. But his minions at State TV (aka Fox News) are dutifully backing him up (when they aren’t occasionally repudiating him) with ludicrous fictions aimed at their willfully ignorant audience. On Friday’s episode of Fox and Friends, the “Curvy Couch” potatoes hosted one of their own, “Judge” Jeanine Pirro, the Executive Harpy of Fox’s Libtard Attack Squad. Pirro came prepared with her unique brand of partisan tripe. The panel was discussing the “caravan” of migrants fleeing the violence and poverty in their home countries. However, on Fox News these refugees were portrayed as invaders intent on storming the U.S. borders to rape and pillage innocent Americans. It’s the same noxious bigotry that Trump has been prattling about for weeks as he attempts to exploit the fear and prejudices of his glassy-eyed disciples. But Pirro took it a step further. “I wanna know who’s in that caravan? Are there pedophiles? Are there career criminals? Are there people who think they can beat their wives without consequence? We don’t know, and that’s the whole issue.”
Indeed. That is the whole issue. We definitely need to know if there are menacing cretins infiltrating the caravaners that mean to harm our families and neighbors. Are there pedophiles like Roy Moore and Strom Thurmond? Are there wife abusers like former Trump staffer Rob Porter? Are there criminals like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Tom Price, and Donald Trump himself? In short, is the entire caravan made up of members of Trump’s Republican Nationalist Party? Because we surely don’t want to allow any of those thugs into the country. They would just being more crime, disease, and probably some Russian subversives to undermine our democracy.
Here is an even more radicalized version of Fox News & the Echo
And as echo-world makes up a conspiracy theory about George Soros funding the caravan, if anything, Trump’s operatives would be helping the caravan move along because it plays to their base’s fears perfectly. These excerpts explain why the lies keep getting worse & more outrageous as they fly at warped speed through the internet, seen from far-right-internet-trump:
President Trump posted an incendiary campaign ad falsely accusing Democrats of flooding the country with murderous illegal immigrants, virulent racists on an online message board erupted in celebration. “I love it. We should be making videos like this,” one said. Another approvingly compared the ad to “With Open Gates,” a viral 2015 video about the dangers of European immigration that drew praise from prominent neo-Nazis and white nationalists, and was broadly condemned by anti-hate groups. These posts, which appeared on the politics forum of 4chan, an online message board known for hosting extreme speech and graphic imagery, were not a one-off. In recent weeks, as Mr. Trump and his allies have waged a fear-based campaign to drive Republican voters to the polls for the midterm elections on Tuesday, far-right internet communities have been buoyed as their once-fringe views have been given oxygen by prominent Republicans.
These activists cheered when Mr. Trump suggested that the Jewish billionaire George Soros could be secretly funding a caravan of Latin American migrants — a dog-whistle reference to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that has been advanced by neo-Nazis and white nationalists for years. They roared their approval when Mr. Trump began stirring up fears of angry, violent left-wing mobs, another far-right boogeyman. And they have found traces of their ideas in Mr. Trump’s rhetoric, including his concern for an obscure land rights conflict involving white farmers in South Africa and his references to asylum-seeking migrants as “invaders.” “There’s this feedback loop between Donald Trump’s Twitter feed and right-wing extremist movements,” said Sophie Bjork-James, an assistant professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University who has studied far-right extremism. “They’re not all supportive of Trump, but his language does give them ideas that then circulate online in extremist social media spaces.”
Right-wing extremists — a catchall category for a messy constellation of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, crypto-fascists, nihilists and attention-seeking trolls — vary widely in style and ideology. Some congregate out in the open, on forums like 4chan and Reddit as well as public platforms like Gab, the Twitter-like social network used by the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Others communicate in private channels on Discord, a chat platform, or over encrypted messaging apps like Telegram or Wire. Some are ardent supporters of Mr. Trump, while others oppose him on the grounds that he is not extreme enough. Even small phrases can set off speculation. Last month, when Mr. Trump tweeted an unfounded accusation that left-wing protesters outside the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh were “paid for by Soros and others,” some extremists took it as evidence that the president shared their view of a global Jewish-led conspiracy led by Mr. Soros, a leading donor to many liberal causes. “Trump has officially named the Jew,” wrote one user on 4chan. “Trump knows,” wrote another, who said that the “others” Mr. Trump referred to in his tweet might be a sly reference to other shadowy Jewish benefactors.
These extremists’ sense of influence is almost certainly exaggerated. Mr. Trump, who has Jewish family members including his daughter, has said nothing about Mr. Soros’s religion or a larger Jewish conspiracy. And it is unlikely that the president, who has said that he does not use a computer, is wading through obscure message boards in search of talking points. But that hasn’t stopped those extremists from interpreting his words as a signal that the president shares their views. It is difficult to quantify how many right-wing extremists exist in America — many operate anonymously or pseudonymously online, and few real-world gatherings take place. But some private channels for neo-Nazis and other extremist groups have thousands of members, and more mainstream right-wing spaces — such as a pro-Trump Reddit forum, r/the_donald, which has more than 600,000 members — have amplified extremist messages. Since then, the phrase has become a Republican mantra. It has featured prominently in campaign ads, has been grafted onto T-shirts and legions of internet images, and has been chanted by crowds at rallies for Republican candidates.
Mr. Trump may not be consciously egging on these efforts. But experts in online extremism say that his reluctance to rein in the radical elements of his base — perhaps best expressed by his kid-gloves treatment of white nationalists after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year — have created an opening for more extreme ideas to spread. Joan Donovan, a researcher at the think tank Data & Society who studies right-wing extremism online, said the far right corners of the internet often serve as an ad hoc testing ground for political messages that move fringe ideas into the mainstream. “They incubate online, in YouTube videos, articles, through influencers, and they slowly become divorced from their politicized roots,” Ms. Donovan said. “This was the province of Stormfront five, 10 years ago,” the commenter said, referring to a neo-Nazi internet forum. “Now, it is mainstream.” The ability of online extremists to push, tailor and amplify political messages has turned them into a potent force in the age of internet politics, as candidates and elected officials look to what is popular online to shape their own messages.
“I don’t think Trump is setting the agenda here,” Ms. Donovan said. “He’s riding a wave of attention that is primarily being played out and happening online. He wouldn’t have the ability to launch these policies if there wasn’t a quorum of people online getting ready to back him up and push these ideas across multiple platforms.” Even when Mr. Trump denounces extremism, many of his supporters online see it as a begrudging concession, rather than an expression of his true beliefs. Last weekend, as Mr. Trump spoke about the dangers of anti-Semitism in the wake of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, internet bigots reassured each other that Mr. Trump was still on their side. “He needs to spin this for the midterms,” one poster on 4chan wrote.
Which King are They Really Serving?
As for white evangelicals who are single-handedly enabling this corrupt president & voting in droves for his congressional sycophants, while also inviting in the evil spirit of deception through their devoted consumption of confounding rhetoric from Fox News, the overall echo & certain evangelical leaders, it’s ultimately self-destructive. It is helping them win the battle over the Supreme Court while losing the war by destroying their own faith. No other demographic group has ever supernaturally plunged in a 5-year span from being the very most moral group to the very least, since originally in 2012 polls showed 70% of white evangelicals considered moral character important in a leader, which recently switched to just 30%. Something is going on there, but it’s not being propelled through inspiration from a holy God. This blind embrace of immorality also features accepting their omnipotent president’s chronic dishonesty & inhumane treatment of minorities & foreigners. There’s no question the world is watching & can clearly see the hypocrisy & moral duplicity, from which the backlash is measurable.
Whenever Trump goes down, we hope he takes his sinister echo with him, but tragically the evangelical faith may also go down. Perhaps once conservatives get over the shock & find their bearings, we can all start over again building a new party & new faith based on moral values, genuine integrity, love for others & following the teachings/examples of Jesus, not of some ungodly earthly leader. So many in the flock are following the lead of modern-day scribes & pharisees, those top evangelical leaders now worshiping at the alter of Trump. Today the white evangelical vote is expected to clock in at over 70% essentially in support of their party’s leader defined by chronic dishonesty, bullying & moral debauchery, while outsiders witness many of these self-righteous purveyors of the truth buying into the lies. As part of that world, I’m as perplexed as anyone. That lack of authenticity & sacrificing core values could prove to be the church’s undoing.
See these brutal editorials on how all this is playing out & being perceived out there inside white-christian-nationalism-most-dangerous-weapon-america-opinion & also The-religious-right-is-part-of-the-swamp-Drain-it & also white-evangelicals-race-immigration-diversity & also trump-caravan-evangelical-voters. Yes, it’s a thin line between true faith & a cult. And inside where-will-we-go-from-here is this paragraph:
Ironically, it also pits evangelical power brokers against values like humility, kindness, tolerance, family and self-restraint. Trump has revealed the emptiness of Christian conservatives who held themselves out to be guardians of the culture, protectors of families, sticklers for uprightness in our political leaders and advocates for subsidiarity (which is defined as governance that is best performed by the authority closest to the people). They are now enablers of Trump, all too willing to fan the flames of white grievance, demonize outsiders, condone corruption, ignore the suffering of innocents and deny others the same constitutional protections they claim for themselves. (Make no mistake, I refer not to millions of decent Christians, but to the Jerry Falwell Jr.-Tony Perkins-Franklin Graham set that has given up its principles for power.)