Thursday, December 08, 2016
The Day Donald Trump Fired One Of His Trolls
Donald Trump had an army of trolls working for him during the election, spreading fake stories, and flaming his opponents.
So it was quite a shock to see him fire one of them.
And no ordinary troll either.
A member of his own transition team.
And the son of Trump's dangerously deranged national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.
Donald Trump isn’t exactly a voice for social media accountability, so it came as a welcome surprise on Tuesday when Mike Flynn, Jr. was fired from the Trump transition team after spreading a bogus online theory linked to a Washington shooting incident.
General Flynn’s son was one of thousands of online trolls “investigating” #Pizzagate, a wild chain of false claims imagining that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington pizzeria, is a front for a child abuse and trafficking ring led by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, her former campaign manager.
A man who even after a gunman burst into that pizzeria the other day and found nothing...
Still wasn't willing to believe that #Pizzagate was a fake story...
But then why should we be surprised? When his father shares his love for conspiracy theories.
Both Flynns, like their boss Mr. Trump, have led a rich life on Twitter in recent months. Father and son have spread phony conspiracy theories linking Mrs. Clinton to child trafficking and Mr. Podesta to satanic rituals. “MUST READ!” General Flynn wrote on Nov. 2, linking to fake stories about Mrs. Clinton.
They don't call the general Mad Mike for nothing.
A combing of Michael Flynn's twitter account by Politico shows he has spread conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and their allies. This includes accusing Ms Clinton of being involved with child sex trafficking, "waging a secret war" against the Catholic Church and her campaign manager consuming bodily fluids as part of a "spirit-cooking ritual". Mr Flynn also said president Obama is a "jihadi" who laundered money for Muslim terrorists.
And he's going be Trump's national security adviser...
The person whose job it is to keep the president calm during a crisis.
And to make matters worse, if that's possible, he won't be the only one whispering in Trump's ear.
So will the man who is Trump's favourite broadcaster, and did more to spread lurid stories about Hillary Clinton abusing and killing children than anybody else.
The deranged conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who reacted to the latest news about #Pizzagate this way (Warning PG content)
And although Jones clearly belongs in a mental hospital, he was one of the first people Trump called after his victory, to thank him and promise to be on his show as soon as he possibly he could.
And yes, no wonder Pope Francis is comparing the consumption of fake news to eating excrement.
We are in the hands of a maniac.
Voting does have consequences.
And if you're a progressive who didn't do enough to stop Trump.
I hope you enjoy the show...