when Q shows up in the Oval Office to tell you it’s time to put humanity on trial pic.twitter.com/2L5zMMkgwA
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 27, 2018
… At least, it’s not only dumber than I ever imagined, it’s dumber than I could have imagined. And I’m supposed to have a pretty good imagination!
Context for the top pic:
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when cameras stops filming him like a toddler. https://t.co/TI9xEJ4L6t
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 27, 2018
A defining feature of the Trump presidency is how he turns little things we never used to think about – condolence statements! flag-lowering decisions! stakeholder roundtables! – into controversies and brawls. Everything has to be something.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 27, 2018
Trump could have the mainstream press proclaiming him presidential at last with the smallest of concessions to normal human civility and he just can't or won't. It's amazing.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 28, 2018
At this point nobody with any sense expects Trump to BE a decent human being, but it’s downright bizarre how fervently he resists even *going through the motions of pretending*, even when it’s both obviously in his interests and essentially costless to do so.
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) August 27, 2018
He’s somehow both insanely obsessed with optics and seemingly unable to foresee hilariously obvious scenarios like “If you behave like a petulant prick toward a dead veteran, you will look terrible and ultimately be shamed into making a grudging show of respect anyway.”
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) August 27, 2018
I tell people that the 3 hardest things to do in a foreign language are be smart, be funny, and be polite. He behaves like someone not operating in his native language.
— Adrienne Lynne (@49Henle) August 28, 2018
Of course, when its “Dear Leader” is that dumb-stubborn, the Base is going to double down…
The latest QAnon post claims that John McCain committed suicide rather than face a military tribunal—a popular idea with QAnon believers. Great that the president hosted a promoter of this conspiracy theory in the White House! pic.twitter.com/ufStIj0TCw
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) August 26, 2018
Not joking. Dana Milbank, in the Washington Post, “McCain conspiracists say his brain cancer was a hoax”:
… When McCain’s family put out the news Friday that he had discontinued treatment for his terminal brain cancer, this was done “to take media attention” from Senate candidate Kelli Ward, and, according to Ward herself, replace it with a “narrative that they hope is negative to me.”
Ward had unsuccessfully challenged McCain in the 2016 Republican primary in Arizona, so it makes complete sense that, two years later, McCain would arrange his death to divert attention from Ward’s bus tour.
Furthermore, according to a conspiracy theory network popular among some Trump boosters, when McCain supposedly died on Saturday, he did not succumb to cancer but took his own life to avoid being hauled off to Guantanamo Bay and put before a military tribunal for his longtime work helping Islamic State terrorists and others. (And before he died, he concealed his criminal ankle bracelet by wearing a medical boot on his leg.)
Unless, of course, the suicide, like the cancer, was just a ruse. In that case, McCain will continue to work secretly for the deep state and for the Clinton Foundation.
So many lies. Heck, he’s even lying in state!
In death, as in life, McCain has a way of bringing out the loons. Undoubtedly the posthumous conspiracy theories would have amused him as much as anybody. He took particular delight in debunking “propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories,” as he put it to Naval Academy midshipmen 10 months ago…
Last Thursday, as the Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng and Will Sommer reported, Trump hosted Lionel Lebron, a prominent conspiracy theorist, and posed with him in the Oval Office. Lebron is a 9/11 truther who believes Trump is fighting the deep state and globalist pedophiles and is a leading promoter of the very online network floating the notion McCain is alive or a suicide. Three days after his White House visit, Lebron tweeted an image of Trump crossing a swamp of Democrats, featuring racist images of Barack and Michelle Obama and the words “fire at will.”
With the exception of Hillary Clinton, perhaps nobody stoked the conspiracy crowd’s fevers like McCain. He was “songbird” McCain, a secret agent of the North Vietnamese who threw the 2008 election to Obama, covertly met with the leaders of Islamic State in Syria, secretively started the Robert S. Mueller III “witch hunt” against Trump, and was “in bed with the Clinton Foundation” but turned against Clinton shortly before his death.
A post on Sunday from the leader of a prominent conspiracy forum wrestled with whether McCain killed himself or surrendered: “Suicide weekend? Hands up? . . . We are in control. BIG week ahead.”…
November can’t come soon enough.
Had my wife take a picture of this incredibly normal car today. pic.twitter.com/9iL0yYHHjz
— Atticus Goldfinch (@AtticusGF) August 27, 2018