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Mr. Reynold’s and Hogan’s May 10th letters in the Central Virginian were similar to their previous ones; filled with misrepresentations of the material facts, unsubstantiated claims, and outright lies. Like how Mr. Hogan professes to be; a concerned citizen, not affiliated with any party, and a former CPA, yet declines to discuss the tax bill he’s ‘rebutting.”
Instead he chooses to divert the conversation with declarations that Democrats will spend millions unseating Brat. Perhaps, but with all that dark money pouring into his campaign coffers, it’s more likely they will be significantly outspent.
He gives lip service to the notion of following the rule of law with fancy words like obstreperous, while claiming his president is being targeted by a special prosecutor and a judicial system run amuck. Attempting to move the conversation away from our being a nation of laws where all are accountable, to antiquated ideas like constitutional revisionism.
And yet claims that he favors “not electing a representative who can just give a good speech,” knowing full well that Brat is a born carnival barker, who won’t be out shilled, at least when people aren’t up in his grill. Perhaps that’s why for over a year, his man has been limiting his public appearances to closed audiences.
But when it comes to defiant misrepresentations, half-truths and outright lies Jerry Reynolds has no peer
Demonstrating his cluelessness after citing Apple’s announcement of “the largest share buybacks in American corporate history’’ and that they are “making out like bandits,” as proof of how well things are going well. Completely oblivious to the dangers which accompany such concentrated wealth.
Whether November produces a Blue Wave, or Democrats are swept out of the Senate, Republican’s will continue to distort the facts. Like Jerry’s claim that President Obama’s economic message was, “the best days are behind us. Get used to the decline. America has no Exceptionalism about it. America never was that great.”
Misrepresentations aimed at those who feel their status and privilege is being threatened, speaking to their disillusionment and anger with the modern world. A dissatisfaction which leads one to either embrace reactionary politics fetishizing the past, or progressive politics which aims to create a better future.
Republicans are doing everything they can to redirect that anger, “not towards those who are the cause of their misery but against those who are just below them on the economic ladder,” using the sheer repetition of their small lies to convince the public that theirs is the only truth.
Meanwhile, piece by piece, notions of objective reality dissolve as facts give way to a unending barrage of alternative facts until people become so habituated to their distractions that their openly racist and xenophobic messages become normalized.
Jerry’s claim that people despise Trump depends on who you talk to. His supporters will approve of his actions no matter what the consequences by overwhelming majorities. Meanwhile, he and Republican leaders continue to circumvent the rule of law, deconstructing and politicizing our government at every opportunity.
If they are being scorned, it’s because of these deeds and growing confirmation of widespread corruption.
A reality which many Republican’s will deny as long as there are FOXified myths like American Exceptionalism for them to cling to.
While many had hoped that when the Drumpfs policies started to affect his supporters that they would start to see the error of their ways. I suspect their capacity for delusion and rationalization exceeds any means of measurement, and his supporters will continue to be willfully defiant.
Like Eddie Devine, owner of Devine Creations Landscaping in Kentucky who says restrictions on seasonal foreign labor may put him out of business, and that “I feel so stupid” and that “I feel like I’ve been tricked by the devil.”
But what makes him angriest is that Trump’s properties in Florida and New York have used 144 H-2B workers since 2016. “I want to know why it’s OK for him to get his workers, but supporters like me don’t get theirs,” Devine said.
Observations which signal two possibilities about Trump's supporters; either they voted for Trump because he is a racist or they voted for him despite his racism, which they did not see as a disqualifying character trait. They were not duped or tricked into supporting him.
They made a conscious and intentional decision: Now some are upset that he has not honored his part of the bargain. While others like Bryan Hall, owner of G.W. Hall and Sons Seafood packing plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, continue to cling to the belief that “Trump can fix it with his pen.”
Living in world where any rationalization will do, incapable of admitting their hero’s actions is the cause of their circumstances, and virtually unreachable even when their livelihoods are at risk.
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