By now, you've surely heard about the ridiculous reaction of Trumpsters to NPR tweeting out the entire Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. If not, enjoy your bliss for a few more seconds (and I'm still calling you Shirley):
Some supporters of President Donald Trump didn’t recognize one of the nation’s founding documents and accused the broadcaster of inciting violence and even revolution.
You can hop on Twitter to read some of the angry comments and the numerous mocking responses because it's pretty funny on its face, but the humor of the whole thing is not what caught my attention. What leapt out at me is the fact that Trump supporters are so detached from reality that they literally thought NPR was openly calling for a violent overthrow of the President of the United States.
NPR. National Public Radio. A radio station that is so uncontroversial that when you look up the definition of "Staid", you find NPR's logo. This is who Trumpsters seriously thought was advocating for violence. NPR. The radio version of vanilla. This isn't to say they're boring but they go out of their way to avoid sensationalism as a matter of course.
I know I bang this gong a lot but it's vital that we understand the mindset of the right wing. Here, in the real world, the idea of NPR calling for civil war is simply unthinkable. You might as well believe Sesame Street will air an episode of Big Bird and Elmo throwing Molotov cocktails at the police. Perhaps Abby Cadabby could summon the anti-Christ while she's at it.
But that's the real world and Trump voters no longer live here. They live in an alternate reality where the mainstream media is run by an evil cabal of Jews/Communists/Liberals and their only goal is to overthrow America.
In this fantasy world, everyone is an enemy and everything they say is a lie. Up until January 20th, 2017, the economy was on the brink of collapse. Millions of illegal immigrants were swarming the border every year, bringing crime, disease and drugs with them. Muslim terrorists were in every city, ready to strike at a moment's notice. And Obamacare was destroying the lives of millions of God-fearing Americans.
Worst of all, the black Kenyan Muslim homosexual president was doing all of this on purpose because he hated America because something something "anti-colonial mindset."
You cannot reach out and find common ground with people who do not acknowledge reality in any way. There is literally no amount of evidence that can persuade them once Fox News, AM Hate Radio and Breitbart sell them the lie. Every word Trump speaks is infallible and if he directly contradicts himself, the fake new media is guilty of taking his statements out of context.
The right has become so firmly trapped in a bubble of bullshit that they truly and honestly believe compromise is tantamount to treason. That the left is dedicated to the literally destruction of the right. That "white genocide" is real even if they don't yet fully use the language of the white nationalist alt-right.
If I sound alarmist, you're not paying close enough attention to the right. When Trump won his illegitimate presidency, they became violent because they were empowered. What do you think is going to happen when they lose their tenuous grip on that power in 2018 and 2020? Do you think they're going to sit down at the grown up table and talk? Or do you think they're going to get the guns they've been stockpiling for years and lash out at their "oppressors?"
Sure, it seems like only a small group of them are so far gone that NPR strikes them as a hotbed of radical insurrection, but it speaks to the larger trend of American conservatives being completely unable to distinguish paranoid fantasy from reality. With Trump and the right's media machine egging them on, we're one 9/11 event away from roving bands of "patriots" taking to the streets to "save" America from the evil leftists.
I wonder what color their shirts will be? I hear brown is a nice color...
There are 488 days left to the 2018 elections.
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