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With absolutely no supporting evidence, our so-called president, Donald Trump, took to Twitter Saturday morning to accuse President Barack Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower.
Trump likened his predecessor’s behavior to “Nixon/Watergate” and “McCarthyism” and called him a “bad (or sick) guy.”
It’s amusing that these are all accusations that have been applied to Donald Trump during the campaign and the first part of his administration.
How did Trump find out about this supposed felonious behavior? Did a little birdie tell him? No, a wacko bird (to use Sen. John McCain’s sobriquet for so-called “tea partiers”) by the name of Mark Levin gave him the idea. Levin is one of those cuckoos from right-wing talk radio that gullible, angry, low-information voters love. In other words, Trump’s base.
This news flash from the bird brain Levin then got picked up by that crazy bird’s nest of alt-right anarchists at Breitbart, and began to bounce around in the right-wing echo chamber. That’s when it bounced into the president’s head, rattled around for a while, and came out as another of his nasty tweets.
This is a president who eschews intelligence briefings, but swallows every chunk of fallacious garbage floating around the right-wing Internet. Readers of this blog know how I’ve written about the rise of right-wing hate-talk radio and how it appeals to those who are too lazy or stupid to read. I know some of them personally.
They believe such patently ridiculous urban legends as the one in which all Americans would be forced by the government to have RFID microchips implanted as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. They claimed it was part of a “Big Brother” scenario which they related to references to the “mark of the beast” in Revelation (since Obama was the Anti-Christ.) According to the rumors, after the healthcare reform passed in 2010, mandatory implantations would be complete by 2013. When no one had received their microchips by 2013, the story was adjusted to say that the implantation program had been extended to 2017. I don’t know about you, but no black government Suburbans or black helicopters have shown up yet at my place to force me to have my microchip implanted.
They better hurry up or the Republicans will repeal and replace Obamacare before Big Brother has had a chance to give us all a chip on our shoulders.
Actually, the Trump regime strikes me as the kind of authoritarian bunch that would really go for the microchip implants. This imaginary provision of the ACA is one that they could get behind. The Big Brother types at Trump Administration HQ could track us and zap us the minute we pick up an “enemy of the people” product such as the New York Times, Washington Post or Los Angeles Times.
They want us to hear and see only the “alternative facts” that come from the fevered minds of the Trump gang.
The New York Daily News’ front page for Sunday featured a picture of a disturbed looking Donald and a giant one-word headline: “Nuts!” The wood — the newspaper slang for front-page tabloid headlines — was a reference to Trump’s groundless accusation against Obama.
I think Trump is coming unhinged as the Putingate scandal inches closer and closer to the president himself. It’s reminiscent of the accounts in Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s book, “The Final Days,” when a drunken Nixon roamed the halls of the White House talking to the portraits.
If anybody’s a “bad (or sick) guy” in this story, it’s our crazy, shoot-from-the-lip president, Donald Trump.