As the Republican Party sheds the last semblances of being anything other than a plutocratic apparatus for funneling more wealth into the pockets of the super-wealthy, its officials have been forced to fabricate new reasons for people to vote for them. Since they’re not offering any material benefits to the average American they have little to peddle to the masses other than culture-war divisiveness and paranoid grievances.
Largely through the efforts of propaganda outlets like Fox News, conservatives have convinced many of their supporters that there is a concerted global leftist effort to destroy America from the inside and out. Many of these conspiracy theories revolve around Jewish billionaire George Soros, a champion for progressive causes, who fear-merchants like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have morphed into a vampiric bugaboo in the minds of their credulous viewers. The entire narrative reeks of antisemitism and draws on the hateful canards that claim Jews secretly run the world.
Representative Steve King (R-IA) provided a perfect example of the intellectual rot that has metastasized within the GOP hivemind earlier today when he tweeted out images of Soros’s son meeting with prominent Democrats. King claimed that the pictures offered “four strong clues” as to the identity of the whistleblower who ignited the Ukraine scandal that now threatens to topple Donald Trump’s presidency.
King, a detestable man who in the past suggested that there is nothing wrong with white nationalism, eventually defeated the stunningly idiotic tweet, but not before screenshots were taken and disseminated.
Alexander Soros, the man in the images, is obviously not the whistleblower since he doesn’t even work for the U.S. government. King’s tweet is as nonsensical as it is reckless, and given the penchant for violence among certain wings of the Republican electorate, one can’t help but worry that he has put Mr. Soros’s life in danger. Conspiracists aren’t known for their restraint and this tweet inhabits the dangerous Venn diagram coalescence between anti-Soros lunatics and frothing pro-Trump madmen.
Yet again, Steve King has given us an ironclad argument for why he’s unfit for office.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.