Tuesday, November 15, 2016


I thought Hillary Clinton conducted her campaign with poise and dignity. Of course, I say that because I was watching the real Hillary. The fake Hillary who dwells in right-wingers' heads was, by contrast, a real mess.

At The American Spectator (yes, it's still around), R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. (yes, he's still around, too) writes:
Sources have told The American Spectator that on Tuesday night, after Hillary realized she had lost, she went into a rage. Secret Service officers told at least one source that she began yelling, screaming obscenities, and pounding furniture. She picked up objects and threw them at attendants and staff. She was in an uncontrollable rage. Her aides could not allow her to come out in public. It would take her hours to calm down. As has been reported for years, her violent temper got the best of her. Talk about having a temperament ill-suited for having access to the atomic bomb. So Podesta went out and gave his aimless speech. I wish we could report on Bill’s whereabouts but we cannot. We shall work on that.
Breitbart, naturally, picks up on this, adding:
Bill appeared the following day at Hillary’s belated concession speech wearing a purple tie but, thankfully, no purple marks about his face, suggesting experience dictated avoidance the previous evening.

“People say they’re amazed Bill’s marriage survived,” Tyrrell noted to Breitbart. “I’m amazed Bill survived his marriage.”
But Tyrrell and Breitbart aren't the only ones making this claim. Even before Tyrrell's Spectator post went live, there was this:

Followed by these:

These tweets were posted by Todd Kincannon, who was once the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party. He's now, it seems, a full-time political provocateur and sometime radio host. He was (temporarily) banned from Twitter for offensive tweets such as these:

Kincannon has been accused of domestic abuse (which, by the way, he blamed on prescription cough medicine), and he's had his law license suspended for sending “multiple emails and facsimile messages” that were said to contain “menacing language and images.”

But he was a reliable enough source for Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit, who helped to make this story go viral.

This is the kind of nonsense that's been spread about Hillary Clinton for a quarter century. It's always poorly sourced, but conservatives don't care. Their idea of an excellent news source is anything that reinforces their preconceptions, even if it's full of lies. You want to know why Facebook was flooded was fake news this election season? It's because right-wingers have developed an insatiable craving for phony news over the past twenty-plus years. They'll believe anything that makes them feel good, or makers them feel righteously angry, no matter how credible it is. And that's how we wound up with a fake-news president-elect. Trump became political while immersed in this culture. He's a creature of it. It's effectively mainstream now.


Never Ben Better said...

Hey, that's like just your opinion, dude!

Sigh. I sometimes wonder how the folks at Snopes find the strength to keep going.

Mart said...

Yeah, all the analysis of working whites, black turnout, etc; really just boils down to 35 years of ratfucking. Comey landed the last hard punch. Future son in law texted great news for Rs, Comey has new emails. I wrote back that usually these are nothingburgers, but I was sick to my stomach. So surprised to see the beat goes on after her defeat.

rclz said...

If I were Hillary, at this point I'd give the whole Fing country the middle finger and moved to Canada. :)

Victor said...

Yeah, Steve, I kinda figured my comment early this morning was quite crude.
After all, I'm NOT The Rude Pundit. :-)

Never Ben Better said...

Why surprised, Matt? Hillary's such a convenient target for bile, even the self-described progressives that attacked her relentlessly throughout the campaign are still kicking her corpse.

Rand Careaga said...

At the risk of seeming to subscribe to both-sides-do-itism, I'm afraid that "confirmation bias" is occasionally to be observed on the left, although not (at least not in the circles I frequent) on anything like the scale here described.

Grung_e_Gene said...

The economic anxiety is positively palpable.