Remember the good old days when Americans actually valued facts, logic, and reason? A time, not so long ago, that if a person thought the CIA was transmitting secret messages to them through the fillings in their teeth the best public platform they could possibly hope for was standing on a street corner with a megaphone and screaming incoherent nonsense at busy pedestrians. But the times, they are a-changing. In America today, it seems like the more outrageous and completely off the wall you are, the more likely you are to become a huge success and insanity is no longer a niche market.
Enter the 2016 election cycle. It would be very hard to argue that this election cycle is not the craziest in modern times. From Ben Carson’s insane ramblings about trying to kill his mother with a hammer, an admission that only hurt his campaign after it was found to be false, to Carly Fiorina’s fantasies about watching nonexistent Planned Parenthood footage of fetuses being ripped from the womb and chopped up to be sold on the black market, it seems reality just isn’t what it use to be.
Americans are becoming increasingly more skeptical, even delusional about powerful institutions like the government, banks, and even churches. All the while facts are becoming more and more subjective, it seems Donald Trump is truly a man of the times. A grand master of manipulating public opinion, and a virtual wizard of political prestidigitation, Trump fills a void that has been growing in this country since the day Obama was sworn into office and Republican leadership decided to replace facts with conjecture, unbiased news with destructive propaganda, and critical thinking with impulsive gut reactions.
Among the litany of unsubstantiated bullsh#t being spewed by Republican candidates this primary season, perhaps the most egregious is Donald Trump’s latest accusation towards his arch GOP rival, Ted Cruz. In a phone interview with Fox and Friends this past Tuesday, Trump alleged that Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, was somehow involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, telling the Fox news host,
His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.
Perhaps what is most mind-boggling is the fact that Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for the highest office in the land, cites a sleazy tabloid like The National Enquirer as his source, as if that somehow gives his ridiculous story credibility.
On CNN this week, a visibly frustrated Jake Tapper, host of The Lead chimed in on Trump’s latest claim against the Cruz family, calling Trump’s accusations “bizarre” and “completely uncorroborated.” Tapper then went on to say,
I cannot believe I need to say the following but here goes, There is no corroborated evidence that Ted Cruz’s father ever met Lee Harvey Oswald or, for that matter, any other presidential assassin. We in the media don’t talk about it because there’s no evidence of it.
A position you would have a very hard time trying to convince a Trump supporter of.
John Adams famously said, “facts are stubborn things”, but John Adams never met Donald Trump, nor could he ever envision a world where Americans believe Reality TV over actual reality.
Watch the rest of Tapper’s response to Trump’s insane comments here:
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