Trump’s white Republican voters are already the single most delusional bloc of voters in American history. They’ve been primed for decades by Fox News, the GOP, AM Hate radio, and right wing hate sites to be a mindless mob motivated by fear, paranoia, and hate. Now they are a weapon being wielded in the most reckless fashion possible by people with no concept of the damage they’re doing to the country:
On his television program yesterday, End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker declared that he knows in his “spirit” that at least “a hundred hit men” have been hired to try to kill President Trump.
After McGuire cited right-wing pastor Rodney Howard-Browne’s claim that he had been told by a congressman of a plot to assassinate Trump, Bakker responded by declaring that this is exactly what he has been warning about for months.
“There’s probably a hundred hit men been hired to kill Trump, or more,” Bakker said. “I know this in the spirit. He’s so hated that they want him dead.”
First, bullshit. Of course there’s the usual death threats against the president because every president gets those (more when they’re black) but no one is hiring a hit man, much less 100 of them, to kill Trump. The only time Trump was ever in danger of being whacked was when he was palling around with the mob (which one? Pick a country) and owed them money. Everything else is a fantasy made up to terrify morons clutching their bibles and praying for the Rapture.
Second, the more of this reckless bullshit Bakker and his ilk peddle to the imbecile right, the more likely that one of them is going to snap. When that happens, they’ll pick up a gun and start shooting whoever they think is “The Bad Guy”. Maybe it will be the FBI. Maybe it will be a church full of black people. Maybe it will be a “liberal” school. The more fear the religious right injects into their flock, the crazier they’re going to become. If you’re convinced that you’re the victim of a massive conspiracy to wipe out all white conservative Christians, there is literally no crime against humanity you cannot justify.
There’s a quote from Voltaire that has been popping into my head more and more frequently over the last 18 months: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” It’s time we started seriously asking ourselves how much longer we have left before the atrocities begin.
I’m a stay at home dad, father to a special needs son and a special daughter, a donor baby daddy, a militantly pragmatic liberal, the president of the PTA, a hardcore geek and nerd and I’m going to change the world. Or at least my corner of it.