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Stuff That Happened, August 13 – August 18, 2017
Donald Trump showing his true colors after an unnervingly half-hearted head-fake suffocated the news cycle (and some relevant people noted and responded; developing), but some potentially enormous stories bubbled underneath it all – stuff about the militia movement (and it’s wandering attention span) and some reportedly linked directly to the Russia hack turning himself in, among them. Oh, and the North Korea thing I’ve been freaking out about in these little sidebars? Totally died down, and largely because all of one goddamn moron got distracted. (Related: a long read of interest.)
One article in The Atlantic had a great line about the ongoing evolution of the GOP’s “Southern Strategy,” specifically when it came to coddling actual fucking Nazis: “Trump put away the dog whistle and picked up a bullhorn, in terms of elevating these far-right movements, a long time ago.” And, continuing from there…
…with a hiccup. Steve Bannon is moving out of the White House. I’m not even sure that’s a big deal at this point. Film at 11. (Well, Sunday morning, actually; I want to flesh out some theories). Now, continuing from there…
“The Lewinsky news made Drudge an instant hero on the right. One lesson was: if you have the dirt, go with it. A second was, if you don’t have it, make it up, since ‘narrative truth’ outweighed ‘factual truth,’ as a former Breitbart write later explained.”
More to the point I wanted to make, however, Vox plugged another pebble into the ever-growing wall of articles about “what do Trump voters/conservatives think” in the wake of the ungodly mess of Charlottesville. The reporter, Jeff Stein, interviewed “13 Alabama conservatives” and got their responses to Charlottesville and Trump’s response to it. On one level – e.g. the fucking glaring one – you see these voters/people contorting themselves into all kinds of conspiratorial thinking (e.g. fixation on socialism, George Soros financing…oh, everything, and President Barack Obama (see what I did there?) fomenting racial violence…somehow?) and drifting off into extreme vagary when trying to support fiercely-held beliefs (as in, count the number of times you see some variation of “I don’t know for sure” in there).