President Trump rolled out of bed this morning and immediately did something that would have been unthinkable just over two years ago but which is now, unfortunately, simply a part of our political reality. He took to Twitter and spewed the kind of baseless conspiracy theories that would make even the most paranoid, tinfoil hat-wearing basement dweller blush.
Trump referred to “paid D.C. protestors,” which has become the term he uses to explain away the widespread backlash that his appointment of credibly accused sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has stirred up in much of the country.
The president refuses to acknowledge that most Americans don’t want Kavanaugh sitting on the nation’s highest court and has instead resorted to concocting this grand conspiracy to pretend that his enemies are simply trying to make him look bad.
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With his new tweet, he’s kicked his conspiracy into high gear. He’s now claiming that the protestors are going to “REALLY protest” now because they never received their “checks” and are furious that they haven’t been paid yet.
The logic here is, of course, completely nonsensical. Would he have us believe that all these people were promised money by some mystery operative and that he suddenly decided he didn’t want to cough up the cash? Did the omnipotent Deep State fall on some sudden financial hard times? Why wouldn’t the protestors demand their money up front? If they haven’t been paid yet, how does Trump know that they’re “paid protestors” at all?
The tweet ends with a strange attempt at explaining the behavior of the imagined protest payers. Trump claims that they don’t want to pay up now because they weren’t impressed by the protestors’ performances because their screaming was “far too obvious.” That is to say, Trump would have us believe that somebody hired these protestors and then afterward decided that their acting wasn’t quite up to par. Maybe next time they should break out the big bucks and spring for some Academy Award winners.
The paid D.C. protesters are now ready to REALLY protest because they haven’t gotten their checks – in other words, they weren’t paid! Screamers in Congress, and outside, were far too obvious – less professional than anticipated by those paying (or not paying) the bills!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2018
Previously, Trump claimed the paid protestors were being funded by George Soros, a disgusting anti-semitic dogwhistle on the part of the president which thankfully was excluded from this latest disgraceful tweet. That said, it’s only a matter of time before his blatant bigotry seeps back into his conspiracy theory peddling.