History has gone so batshit crazy that our minds have stopped encompassing what is really happening. This long form piece by Kurt Andersen is worth your while, in which he recounts how the Republican party went down the rabbit hole to nutville.
This is how we get a "president" who, among innumerable other insanities:
- Started out in politics by promoting the lunatic conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. (More than half of all Republicans still believe this.)
- Claimed that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered.
- Claimed that Ted Cruz's father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
- Says that Clinton aide Vince Foster was murdered to cover up some guilty knowledge about Hillary Clinton. (Investigations by two special prosecutors and two congressional committees all concluded that he committed suicide because he was depressed.)
- Insists that he won the popular vote and that three million votes were cast for Hillary Clinton by illegal immigrants.
Since then, of course, Trump has fired the FBI director and pushed out the deputy director, provoked a special counsel’s investigation, and conjured an anti-Trump conspiracy at the bureau—which of course many on the right now believe, with help from members of Congress and the Sean Hannitys of the world. Republicans by almost 2 to 1 disapprove of Robert Mueller’s work, and nearly half of them say they now have “not very much” or no confidence at all in the FBI. In other words, our first conspiracy theorist in chief is harnessing his party’s old conspiracist tic, originally Kremlin-focused, to discredit the existence of an actual anti-American conspiracy hatched in the Kremlin. History is filled with tragic ironies, and this is a colossal one.What you must keep in mind at all times is that the Resident is batshit crazy. Really. That is kind of, you know, dangerous.