When you’re running for president and your polls are down, you don’t want to alienate any portion of the electorate that is already fervently in your corner, no matter how batshit crazy they may be.
When the people in question are believers of an insane conspiracy theory that even you couldn’t be cynical enough to concoct and expect others to believe, then it would be not only politically harmful but off-brand to deny their convictions that you are leading a secret battle against a gang of “deep state” pedophiles led by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros.
Thus we have the gob-smacking sight of Donald Trump appearing at a press briefing today and not only refusing to denounce the group that has been designated a “domestic terrorism threat” by the president’s own FBI but welcoming them simply because he understands “that they like me very much, which I appreciate,” as Trump puts it.
While he labels BLM marchers as terrorists, the people his own top domestic law enforcement agency are calling the true domestic terror threat are described as “people who love our country,” much like the “fine people” that he saw marching with tiki torches and Nazi symbols in Charlottesville, Virginia a few years back.
Take a look for yourself, and lament the loss of logic, reason, and sanity as a pre-qualification for holding our nation’s highest office.
REPORTER: QAnon believes you are secretly saving the world from this cult of pedophiles and cannibals. Are you behind that?
TRUMP: Is that supposed to be a bad thing? We are actually. We are saving the world. pic.twitter.com/rPYFU1B8WB
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 19, 2020
Trump may tell us that his reelection campaign is a bid to save the world, but anyone with half a brain knows that the only thing that he has been trying to save throughout his term is his own skin as his presidential immunity for the many crimes that have been uncovered since his inauguration — from the clear collusion with Russia on electoral interference in the 2016 election recently confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee report to the many financial crimes subsequently discovered since then to the multiple accusations of sexual assault lodged against him — expires once he leaves office.
In a presidency with no shortage of low points, this one sinks close to the bottom.
Double-check your voter registration and make sure Trump is voted out and is prosecuted for his many offenses.
Tell the QAnon lunatics that it’s all just part of the secret master plan. They’ll believe anything.
Original reporting by Aaron Rupar at Vox.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.