Trump's America: No Trump Necessary

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Memo to Edgar Welch, Michael Flynn, and Scottie Hughes: YOU ARE TRUMP.

No Donald Trump quotes are present in today's IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS, but ultimately, all these quotes are Donald Trump quotes. They're quotes from Trump's America, the place where he could become, and will become, president of the United States. These quotes are the brave new Trump world. And it's a more dangerous world, as we'll soon see.

"According to a criminal complaint, obtained by the New York Times, Welch told officers he read online that Comet Ping Pong was 'harboring child sex slaves and that he wanted to see for himself if they were there.' Welch told police he was 'armed to help rescue' the children." - Time Magazine, who has the longest quotes of anyone reporting the police report describing the motives of Edgar Welch.

This, of course, is the Pizzagate shooting. Edgar Welch, a fucking idiot, was according to accounts a big fan of Trump ally and crazy person Alex Jones, and believed one of the most egregious smears against Hillary Clinton spread through the wingnut fever swamps during the campaign - that the Clinton campaign was running a child prostitution ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor. The pizza parlor Welch went to with an assault rifle and a handgun and fired three shots into the floor of before he was arrested.

Here's one way to know you're being lied to. When the people trying to convince you that a major political candidate is running a ring of child sex slaves out of a pizza place decides to name the scandal BASED ON THE PIZZA. It tells you something important about their real priorities and real concerns. You know the other way to know you're being lied to? Have some basic fucking intelligence, self-awareness, and common sense. But we all know the kind of short supply those are in these days.

"U decide - NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes w Children, etc...MUST READ! - Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's pick for National Security Advisor, spreading the word about Pizzagate.

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. That's the problem right there. Well, one of the problems right there. Telling people to look at made up bullshit and use their individual judgment to decide how true it is is HOW PEOPLE GET SHOT BY AMATEUR SEX SLAVE VIGILANTES WITH NO JUDGMENT. I mean, you clearly decided it was true, which is why you passed it along, so we know how good your judgment is. Not to mention the judgment of your son, who definitely spread a lot of this shit around but whose role in the Trump transition is apparently being determined on the fly based on how much trouble he gets into over this.

And, of coursae, the person who did this is a person Donald Trump decided should be in charge of something very, very important. Not so important the Senate gets to ask him questions about why he believes a bunch of insane conspiracy theories, but important nonetheless. Lest we forget, the spread of this shit literally just got a pizza parlor shot up, and that was just the latest incident - wingnuts have been harassing this business and its employees and the businesses and employees in the surrounding area for MONTHS. Because a general told them they MUST READ.

"And so one thing that has been interesting this entire campaign season to watch, is that people who say ‘facts are facts,’— they’re not really facts. Everybody has a way—It’s kind of like looking at ratings, or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth or not true. There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore, as facts.” she added." - Trump surrogate and bag of mostly hair Scottie Hughes.

There are such things as facts. For example, it is a fact that this Washington, D.C. pizza parlor is not now and has never run a child prostitution ring, connected to the Clinton campaign or otherwise. We know this. There's no way of looking at things that makes the glass half full of child sex slaves. There's no way to interpret it that makes it justified to decide to arm yourself, investigate it, and for some reason shoot the floor three times.

Facts exist. What's missing is the infrastructure that holds people accountable for lying so that they're hesitant to do it, or even incrementally more careful about when and how they lie than, say, Donald Trump is. Facts exist, they just can't compete with lies in the current environment, so better cross your fingers and hope whoever's making this bullshit up doesn't find your name or business on Google.