Long before November 8, we entered what’s being called the “post-reality,” “post-truth” era. Months if not years before Donald Trump won the 2016 election (with the help of Vladimir Putin), fake news websites emerged like a blight. But prior to that, an historically widespread misinformation campaign was launched by the GOP during the George W. Bush years and weaponized during the Obama years when, no matter what, 53 percent of Republicans became convinced the president was born in Kenya and is therefore illegitimate.
Check your Facebook timeline at any point in the day and you’ll see it. Your Republican friends, and friends-of-friends, for that matter, behave as if they exist on another plane of reality in which commonly agreed-upon facts are suddenly in dispute, while an entirely new set of “facts” are being tossed around like golden hand grenades.
The other day, the following Trump meme appeared in my timeline and it confirms just how painfully disconnected with reality most Trump Republicans are.
Brace yourself for stupid.
1) Trump never said, “Do not assault Christianity.” There’s not even a fake news story featuring such a quote.
2) President Obama never “banned using the word ‘Christmas.'” Obviously. In fact, Obama says “Merry Christmas” or “Mele Kalikimaka” (he’s from Hawaii) all the time. Here’s video evidence compiled by Slate. It’s also worth noting that a Mobile, Alabama official chopped down a Christmas tree this week in order to make way for another of Trump’s autocratic victory rallies.
3) There’s simply no way Trump is “taking a stand for Christ.” The number of times Trump has merely mentioned the word “Christ” — I don’t think it’s more than zero. He’s not a “Lord Jesus Christ” kinda’ guy. Ask his three wives and the dozens of women he allegedly assaulted over the years.
But, naturally, the stupids think it’s true. All of it. They might very well be too dumb to function normally in society, especially behind the wheel of motor vehicles. Think about this: the next time you’re on the freeway, there might be several drivers around you who seriously believe Obama banned Christmas and Trump is a man of the Lord.
No wonder 52 percent of Trump voters think he won the popular vote. The conspiracy theory suggests millions of undocumented workers allegedly voted for Hillary Clinton, thereby handing Trump the popular vote victory — if you live in this other dimension in which Trump is “taking a stand for Christ.” By the way, The New York Times conducted a study in 49 states and discovered only one instance of voter fraud out of 137 million votes cast. One!
All told, anyone who thinks there’s a “war on Christmas” is more likely to believe the rest of the accompanying horseshit. And nothing will stop the meme from being circulated and, worse, believed. Sadly, there’s no way to successfully de-program the gullible nincompoops who think it’s all real. No amount of evidence will ever convince them, no matter how loudly they clamor for proof. Unfortunately, they’ll have to learn their lessons the hard way — through disaster, hardship and widespread death — all of which are bound to be incited by their unprecedentedly erratic and incompetent choice for president.