Saturday, October 27, 2018


Mediaite is reporting this as if it should surprise us:
Well, this one is a real headscratcher.

During a Trump rally in North Carolina, NBC News’ Ali Vitali caught up with a Trump supporter who had a rather novel theory about how the mail bombs got to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

According to Arvil Runyon, who braved standing out in the bad weather to attend the rally, Obama probably sent the bomb to himself.

“Barack Obama probably sent his to hisself,” Runyon said, before noting Clinton was in on the plot too. “Hillary Clinton probably sent hers to herself.”

He then said he doesn’t think Trump supporting mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayo[c] did the crime or at least not on his own volition.

“They probably had it done,” Runyon proposed. Then, he suggested Sayo[c] might have done it if they paid him.

I want a poll of this.

I want to know what percentage of the American public -- and, specifically, what percentage of the Republican electorate -- believes what's been reported about Cesar Sayoc. I assume that Democrats and independents will overwhelmingly say they believe what we've been told about him: that he's a Trump supporter who decided on his own to build and mail pipe bombs to people on the president's enemies list.

But what percentage of Republicans believe that? Is it even a majority?

A polling firm should lay out law enforcement's allegations and the conspiracy nuts' scenarios -- that Democrats or a certain billionaire Democratic donor paid the guy, or that the recipients sent the bombs to themselves -- and ask what respondents believe. Or the poll could ask whether law enforcement's story is true and then give doubters an open-ended chance to tell us their pet theories.

I think most Republicans will be doubters, or at least the number of doubters and "not sure" respondents will outnumber those who believe what law enforcement has told us.

Even some resistant journalists and pundits have begun to recognize that Republicans are crazy. I want a poll to show how crazy they are. I think a majority of Republicans, or at least a plurality, are Arvil Runyon.

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