Former Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin points to one of the great truths of the Trump Era, and it’s an ugly truth:
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) March 10, 2017
If only it ended with delusion. These people masquerade as American super-patriots but being pro-Trump is not the same as being pro-American. The Constitution trumps personal loyalty to Trump.
Yet you only have to look at their tweets to see just how deep the crazy goes, and to understand how the conspiracy theory feeding cycle works between Fox News and Donald Trump:
No FISA court ruling was necessary to spy on Trump campaign. Spygate: America’s Political Police vs. Donald J. Trump https://t.co/ImOJtSfbGx
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 10, 2017
Sean Hannity is even talking Stalin-type purges of political opponents:
It's time for the Trump administration to purge the deep state saboteurs from the government… hear more at 10pm #Hannity
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 10, 2017
Now THAT is McCarthysim, Mr. Trump.
And then there is this remarkable tweet from Hannity:
Is it possible, likely or can you confirm instances where the CIA used Malware to "Attribute" cyberattacks to other nations? Possibly Russia https://t.co/Ay1Ms84TPT
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 9, 2017
What makes it remarkable is that this question of Hannity’s is posed in response to a WikiLeaks tweet:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 9, 2017
So yes, just as Donald Trump asked Putin to hack Hillary Clinton, Hannity is now asking WikiLeaks to blame Russian hacking on our own intelligence agancy, the CIA.
As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes responded,
Let's all take a moment to revel in Sean Hannity defending the honor of Russian cyber espionage against the no-good CIA. https://t.co/LsVMvOLpNs
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 9, 2017
Obama speechwriter John Favreau had something to say as well:
In which Sean Hannity looks for a way to blame Americans for an attack on America that was carried out by Russia. https://t.co/alfmvADy7x
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 9, 2017
This is real. This is not The Onion. Joy Reid got it in one when she parsed Hannity’s comments:
America: man, who's side are you on?
Hannity: well whose side is my Donald on?
America: Russia, Wikileaks…
Hannity: I choose THEM! https://t.co/Yi4p1PoO4y
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 10, 2017
As Guantanamo prosecutor Col. Morris Davis puts it, “You can count on @FoxNews to give you the war criminal perspective on right and wrong” when they trot out Dr. James Mitchell, the architect of post-9/11 torture, to say
“What we need to do is relentlessly hunt these folks down because…they’re placing American lives at risk.”
Let’s not hunt down the Russians infiltrating our administration, however, let alone those asking WikiLeaks to help destroy our own intelligence agencies. Never that.
Trump named Fox News as his “state TV” but at this point, it is difficult to say whether Fox News serves Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin, or indeed, if there is any difference.
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.