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This Week In Crazy: Armed And Ludicrous

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This Week In Crazy: Armed And Ludicrous


Trump-mania, gun-nuttery, and the world’s scariest reality show. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Lou Dobbs

The Fox Business host, who previously was chased out of CNN for being such an overbearing anti-immigrant conspiracy nut, has turned lately into a full-throated fire-breathing pro-Trump zealot.

Randomly sample a dozen or so of Dobbs’ tweets from the past several months and behold the missives of a man on a holy mission, heedlessly sheering himself of even the most nominal pretenses of objectivity in his quest to herald the coming of The Donald. To take just one example, Dobbs suggested recently that Paul Ryan was unfit to be House Speaker for showing even the slightest reluctance to support Trump as the nominee of his party.

Eric Bolling and Sean Hannity may be smug and persistent in the oily, obsequious manner in which they roll out the carpet for Trump, but nobody matches Dobbs, whose unbridled devotion to the man resembles the frenzied, speaking-in-tongues ardor of someone who has touched the feet of God. (Seriously, just look at some of these.)

You know you’ve reached a low point in the annals of cable news bombast when Bill O’Reilly, of all people, has to be the one to bring you to task. And yet, so it was on the Factor Wednesday night when O’Reilly challenged Dobbs on his blind devotion to Trump and demanded to know if Dobbs was capable of saying anything critical about the candidate.

When Dobbs grumbled and blamed the mainstream media, O’Reilly shot back, “If he’s Jesus, how can you analyze him?”

He concluded, “According to Dobbs, Donald Trump is Jesus… And Jesus never put out his tax returns!”

Next: Ted Nugent

Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. Daniel Jones May 13, 2016

    I have held off on Hitler comparisons up to this point, but now I have one.
    Both Hitler and Trump have a talent for inciting passions that fly in the face of reason. Trump’s are reported often and need not be recounted here, but given that Hitler promoted the Aryan idea, which he failed to personally evince in *any* fashion, the comparison sticks.

    1. charleo1 May 13, 2016

      Is Trump Hitler? No, not as yet. But, the comparison becomes a lot more credible when one examines the two’s similar political tactics, false narratives, and over the top demagoguery. But, I see the better case for that premise as being found in the enthusiastic support of Trump by those people, and groups, that continue to hold that Hitler was not such a bad guy after all. That he had some very good ideas about how superior societies cleansing themselves of inferior races is a perfectly right, and moral thing for an exceptional majority White Country like America to be doing. In a quest in their minds, to essentially put the White, Aryan Race power structure back in unquestioned authority over the others. Which both Hitler, and Trump, in each of their cases, blame as the nexus, the base causation of their respective countries’ decline. And so, to be made truly great again, as in the past, both men assert that it is this, first, foremost, that must be corrected at all costs. Including in both cases, an advocation for strong Police action, a general rounding up, detaining, and dispensing of “undesirables.” As both men propose installing great security apparatus, and structures including but not limited to, huge military buildups, and giant walls, to maintain the integrity of this highly purified, superior society. Trump is today stating all this in very similar fashion to Hitler. And right now he’s winning on the Conservative Right, always weak as in the days of Hitler, to developing a Fascists, strong-man, predisposition. So Trump, by asserting he’s the only one that’s indomitable enough to pull this off, and stand up to the status quo. Which he depicts as an old guard of banal ‘politically correct,’ elites, the liberal press, and the proliferation of Collectivists Leftists, and Communists, and even those bought out politicians on the Right that are enabling the stealing of the birthright of too many patriotic Americans, and bringing down the Country to their own third world status. He is mimicking the populous race baited politics, of old line Fascists, certainly slicker in many respects, but in reality, no better than Hitler, and Mussolini. Same basic hate.

      1. The_Magic_M May 13, 2016

        The point is, Trump is slightly nutty, but above all, he’s the epitome of the used car salesman.
        He plays perfectly to the crazy racist base, but I don’t believe he actually shares their values. He only cares about his personal gain.
        Today he tells the crazies that he wants to build a wall, tomorrow he tells company owners that stopping immigration is bad for business.
        The main difference is he seems to get away with it despite it all being on national TV – much unlike Romney who was severely damaged by his “47% comment”; Trump could say such a thing on CNN and wouldn’t lose one point in the polls.

      2. latebloomingrandma May 13, 2016

        This is a way too scary reality show. I thought the campaign season 4 years ago was an abomination, but this is so much worse. I figured the US had at least as much time to be the world’s super power as the Roman Empire, but we’re getting our Caligula so much sooner. I’m sorry I don’t believe in the rapture as a way out.

      3. idamag May 15, 2016

        People should read, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” They will see similarities in how Germany lost their democracy and how we are losing ours.

        1. charleo1 May 15, 2016

          Unfortunately, the Right would never pick up such a thick book, with very few color illustrations. I’m not all that sure the Right disagrees with Hitler on the main points, or ever really did.

    2. The_Magic_M May 13, 2016

      > the Aryan idea, which he failed to personally evince in *any* fashion

      Not just he but his entire entourage.
      Just like Trump doesn’t seem to have a single religious nut on his side, despite being supported by so many self-proclaimed Evangelicals.

    3. idamag May 15, 2016

      neither Trump nor Hitler could be successful without the hatred they appeal to, in the people.

  2. The_Magic_M May 13, 2016

    Trump feeds perfectly off the previous demonization of anything “liberal”.
    RW’s would vote for Satan if he promised to “stop communism” and “make America great again”.
    This is the result of decades of dumbing down people and locking them in parallel worldviews (home-schooling, FoxNews, Breitbart).
    And the result of a decay in discourse – today, you don’t argue, you simply don’t listen to the other side anymore. You don’t have a different opinion, you “want to destroy the country”. You’re not a political opponent, you’re a “traitor”, a “demon”, a “subhuman mongrel”. You don’t disagree, you hate. You don’t wish for your opponent to lose an election, you wish for them to be jailed, expelled from the country, executed.
    Trump is only playing on the field that the GOP and their allies have prepared for a long time.

    1. charleo1 May 14, 2016

      Well said.

  3. WriterGuy10 May 13, 2016

    “…this election shall serve to make feckless hypocrites of everyone on the right who once condemned Trump.”

    Let’s be honest. This election will also make hypocrites of all of us on the left who have criticized Hillary Clinton. I’ll vote for her, but it doesn’t take away the fact that I strongly oppose a lot of what she stands for (re: marijuana, Wall Street, military actions, etc.)

    1. leadvillexp May 14, 2016

      Vote for Hillary if you must but I would vote for the Devil himself before a Clinton. She will be the demise of this country.

      1. idamag May 15, 2016

        Did I ever tell you the story of the dragon slayers?

  4. Joan May 14, 2016

    The lunatic fringe is getting scarier and scarier, nothing to laugh about in this space this week; cringe, wince, repeat.

  5. idamag May 14, 2016

    Dobbs, phony Independent. Poopy pants fascist, nugent, make America great again, get the hell out. Tennessee, one of those states where “R” after a candidate’s name means racist. Most of them hate anyone who is different, like walking upright, speaking in intelligible sentences and liking clean restaurants. Newman, If you must choose between Jesus and party party wins out That means you must come up for air from your usual crotch sniffing.

    1. leadvillexp May 14, 2016

      Vote Trump idamag. Hillary will tear the country apart. Remember there are three branches of government to keep check. The President can’t take over. Hillary has enough political pull to press other branches. You think the government didn’t work with President Obama watch what happens if Hillary gets in.You stand a chance with Trump.

      1. idamag May 15, 2016

        I have a hard time seeing Trump deal with foreign countries. It is about time the racists woke up and defended their country by removing their kluxers from public office.

  6. leadvillexp May 14, 2016

    Trump is not crazy. He didn’t say he would stop all Muslims. He said stop Arabs/Muslims from countries that want to attack the U.S. . He is not anti immigrant. He wants only legal immigrants. How would people feel if we decided only people that were town drunks would get DWI and good workers would be let off? Laws are laws and are for all. Trump may not be nice but he speaks the truth, One has to listen to all his words when he speaks. He is not “Politically Correct”. thank god.

    1. kep May 22, 2017

      Liberals want open borders. They want America in ruins. The worse our economy is, the more Americans will have to be on the government teat. How better to control rhe peons than to have them dependant on the corrupt government? PRESIDENT TRUMP is no politician. That is why he is EXACTLY what America needs now after decades of corruption.

  7. ps0rjl May 14, 2016

    It is a real disappointment for me to read anything by or about “old shitty pants” Nugent.

  8. Insinnergy May 15, 2016

    It’s funny that the GOP make themselves out to be more moral, ethical and conservative than the Democracts… especially about the Constitution… but give them a sniff of money, or votes and they will do a hypocritical U-Turn so fast your neck will snap.

    Case in point:
    The Evangelicals… supporting Trump.
    Could this be stupider? The guy is a moral cesspool, and doesn’t understand the meaning of the word ‘ethics’… or anything about the bible apparently.
    “Two Corinthians”, anyone?

    Another one:
    Scalia… a strict Constitutionalist… dies. In honor of his memory, the GOP ignore the Constitution and block any nominee by the Black President in his final year IN OFFICE (not lame duck… he’s still actually president) because of some invented rationale that the “People must decide” through their choice of the next president…. Despite this not being anywhere in the Constitution.

    And then the GOP says that if it looks like Hillary is going to win the Presidency, they’ll confirm Garland…. because……that would be the “Peoples’ choice”??…….
    Oh yeah.
    Nope… It’s all a lie, and they don’t care about the Constitution or the People.
    Got it.

    Hey pinhead Republicans… Please keep these violent, racist, bigoted, evangelicals in your party, and keep pandering to them… also please keep reversing on your own principles…

    Then we can be fairly sure you’ll never win another thing in American politics for decades.

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