Krugthulu brings to my attention some really weird shit I didn't know about, and some that I did. If you can't read it because of the paywall, don't worry, I'll give you the bonbons
We were all agog when a White House press release -- actually from the White House Science Office! -- claimed among the Resident's many great achievements "ending the Covid-19 pandemic." Uh, whaaat?
Then he said in a rally, "New York is a ghost town." There are about 8 million people living in New York right now who are walking around seeing that it is not. Campaigning in Pennsylvania, he repeatedly said that Pennsylvanians "can't go to church," whereas the people he was saying this to had probably mostly been to church last Sunday. The it got, if that is possible, even weirder:
On Wednesday, campaigning in Arizona, Trump went on a rant about California, where “you have a special mask. You cannot under any circumstances take it off. You have to eat through the mask. Right, right, Charlie? It’s a very complex mechanism.” As 39 million California residents can tell you, nothing remotely like that exists.
So what is going on here? These obviously aren't lies in the normal sense, that anyone is expected to believe them. Oh I don't know, maybe there are some chawbacons out in Wisconsin who think the bit about New York is just an exaggeration, but they know their hospital is filling up and their friend's grandmother died. And the California mask thing is just ridiculous on the face of it. Do people really believe that if Biden is elected their won't be any windows in their house? I have to doubt it.
That's the whole point. Membership in the cult isn't about any tangible relationship to observable reality, it's about abandoning the constraints of truth and reason. If you have read 1984, you may remember the climactic scene in which Winston literally sees that 2+2=5. Then he is freed and allowed to rejoin society. To establish your belonging, to become one of us, you must share the delusions.
Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.