It’s like Trump and the Republicans are desperately trying to out-crazy each other. But this is unhinged, even by Trump standards. I’m talking tin foil hat territory here.
You would think that it would be easy, for anyone, to simply denounce white supremacists following their disgusting display of hate and violence at the rally in Charlottesville last week. You would think so. But apparently you’d be wrong.
First, Trump blew it by making a moral equivalence between Nazis and people protesting Nazis. Then he said that some of the white supremacists were actually “very fine people.”
Now, you might be tempted to think that Trump just went as low as you could possibly go on this subject. But you’d be seriously underestimating Republicans.
Some Republicans are now going full-on bat-shit-crazy in their defense of Trump and the violent murderous bigots. They’re now saying that the events in Charlottesville, which led to three deaths, were all staged by Democrats.
On Monday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Fox Business, “This has been stirred up. This is being driven by forces of evil that are so far beyond what normal people can think about.”
Gohmert then went on to say that the Democratic mayor of Charlottesville and the Democratic governor of Virginia conspired together to bait white supremacists and Liberal protesters into fighting each other in the streets of Charlottesville.
“There is a strategy to make race the number one issue in 2018 and 2020. They think it’s their ticket back this is going to blow up in their face,” he continued.
According to Gohmert there were “witnesses” who saw the KKK and Black Lives Matter protesters getting off the same buses. And he’s claiming that all of them were just actors paid by Democrats.
“We need an investigation as to what happened in Charlottesville,” Gohmert demanded. “Who paid for the different groups to come in? Who ordered the funneling of those groups together? Who ordered to stand by while the violence goes on?”
And Gohmert is not the only Republican pushing this insane conspiracy theory. On Friday Idaho Rep. Bryan Zollinger posted a whack-a-doo article from a right-wing site called American Thinker to his Facebook page. The article says, “The conflagration in Charlottesville is beginning to feel like a set-up, perhaps weeks or months in the planning.”
Zollinger said that the article’s theory was “completely plausible.” And that the violence in Charlottesville “may have been plotted by former President Barack Obama, billionaire George Soros, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe or Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer — or by some shadowy cabal involving them all.”
There simply is no bottom to this Republican rabbit hole of hell.
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) August 21, 2017