Clinton derangement syndrome and Obama derangement syndrome march in lockstep in current Republican discourse. It is an unhealthy obsession built on racism, misogyny, and kooky conspiracy theories. And the Religious Right is not about to let Donald Trump outdo them where crazy is concerned, as the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer demonstrated Thursday.
According to the fact-challenged Fischer, who has a list of hates so long I can’t list them all here, “107 people have died under suspicious circumstances in and around the orbit of the Clintons,” and “it is hard to believe that that is just coincidental.”
Well, at least nobody gets accidentally shot in the face around the Clintons.
But hey, watch this schmuck courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
“You know, the Clintons have a whole history, and I read a list one time of the number of people that have died under suspicious circumstances in and around the Clintons. I’m not saying they had anything to do with any of them. I’m not saying that. But a hundred and seven people have died under suspicious circumstances in and around the orbit of the Clintons. I mean, think about your own life for a second. How many people do you know that have died under mysterious circumstances? I mean, I haven’t even been able to think of one! You might be able to think of a handful of people that died under unexplained circumstances but a hundred and seven! It is hard to believe that is just coincidental.”
Oh boy. Sorta reminds you of Glenn Beck inventing a bunch of dire things and then demanding to know why nobody is talking about them, doesn’t it? This must be some more of that Rovian “math Republicans do.”
This is funny because the Clintons know a lot more people than any of us, including Bryan Fischer. Just in terms of sheer numbers they are going to know more people who die. That’s basic math. You know, not “math Republicans do” but actual, genuine math.
First of all, Fischer could have gotten his list almost anywhere. Google it and you will see what I mean. Snopes exhaustively examined this rumor and pronounced it false way back in 1998:
Multiple versions of lengthy lists of deaths associated with Bill Clinton have been circulating online for about twenty years now. According to those lists, close to fifty colleagues, advisors, and citizens who were about to testify against the Clintons died in suspect circumstances, with the unstated implication being that Bill Clinton or his henchmen were behind each untimely demise.
The bottom line on this piece of e-lore? It’s a badly worked laundry list dressed up to appear significant. The promised damning connections to the Chief Executive are missing, with innuendo misinformation offered up in their place. Nothing ties Clinton to any of these deaths, something this list (and others of its ilk) conveniently glosses over. What evidence is offered that would compel a rational person to believe there was Clinton involvement in any of these deaths?
Clinton was acquainted with some people who died — that’s about all one can make of this list.
In the end, Fischer’s “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin'” is a load of long-debunked BS from beginning to end. But it’s Hillary Clinton who is the presumptive Democratic nominee for President in 2016, and conservatives just can’t help themselves when her name comes up. You can try this at home when people aren’t dying under mysterious circumstances. Just say her name and watch the stupidity flow.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.