Donald Trump played to "his" base in the last debate but it's not his, nor did he create it. That base came to him FOX News-prepared for the very lines he fed them. Those were not debate lines; those lines amounted to a 90-minute long acceptance speech. By saying them he accepted a coronation by the rabid FOX News/Breitbart/white supremacist crowd to elect him King of The Lies, exactly as it was offered to anyone willing to accept it, and signaled he gets it: "the" blacks kill. Everyone should forget what he said or did 10 years ago but remember what the other candidate's husband, who is not running for president, did 20 years ago. And the emails, and the Benghazi, and the killer's religion she won't stop lettin' in, and let's not forget the devil.
The FOX News crowd's been hanging on for - wet-dreaming to - the nightmare vision of anyone - much less Trump - unloosing their claims not as mere commentary, nor as a wild-eyed Senator might, and again not as Breitbart "reporters" must, but as an actual, in-the-flesh presidential candidate. They'd given up hope of it ever happening, and then along came Trump to finally turn their vision to reality.
I'll bet they still can't believe some self-described "billionaire" former TV personality is walking, talking, and acting like one of them, and the fourth branch/fifth column is allowing it. This, more than anything, steals whatever tiny scrap of credibility they coveted in espousing everything's a conspiracy designed to keep their existence - and the hideous opinions such existences must entail - hidden from view, because if their "ideas" and "values" can see the light of day in this very fraud walking the debate stages spouting exactly what they're of a mind to think, then what or where was the conspiracy? There he is, quoting his Facebook commenters to say Hillary's "the devil", would be "in jail", is culpable for her husband's dick, and the fourth branch/fifth column is letting him go on and on! There went the last billion Facebook threads they wrote swearing they'd never be heard because the rest of us have worked so hard to hide them from view.
There was never any conspiracy, only the fact that in the late 90s it was not normal to build (or rebuild) an entire political party around hating an obscure couple from Arkansas with a failed real estate business and some quick, good luck on cattle futures who's male half happened to become a President. It was just not a thing that was done! So FOX News considered at length how abnormal it was for right-leaning political people, over a few lost bucks between buddies in real estate and some apparent jealousy over cattle future trading, to go on a witchhunt against an obscure Arkansas Bubba type who jiggled when he jogged and ate too much McDonald's, and decided to fill the vacuum this phenomena created by running a "news" station which did nothing but work to rebuild the Republican base into the image of "people who'd like to watch Bubba and his wife die".
To build this non-existent story into a political platform that serious candidates would run on would obviously require a lot of work, and a lot of lying, but they managed both. While I won't attempt a reconstruction of how it was done, suffice it to say that slant's everything and that if you can convince a white his whiteness might be at stake somehow in this, then you can turn the word 'liberal' - which this couple was - into an easy synonym for 'n* lover', an Arkansas Bubba into an 'elite' who doesn't have your best interests at heart (which are mainly preserving your whiteness for now and future generations), suicides of former friends into the silenced murders of failed business partners, cordial greetings into threats, deleted personal emails into the printing of "39,000" of them to snail-mail off to the "acid-washer", which, btw, is an expensive and difficult process, and completely fabricate the idea of sleeping through 600 emails begging for help arriving all at once from Benghazi at 3am.
When you can convince this nascent audience that their whiteness is at stake, not only will they feel threatened, but you won't have to work hard to expand it, because they will come to you for protection from the hostile world you're not only describing but fleshing out with conspiracy theories to help them make more sense of it. Intellectualism is not required; in fact, you don't need to know how to read, write nor how to think critically to "get" this kind of talk, and you'll be discouraged from doing so, anyhow, by being constantly reminded that yet another real conspiracy - the fourth branch/fifth column - is out to get you, to make you like the unwanted skin colors, weird religious flavors and wacky extremist ideas - like helping others - that obviously threaten your existence at every turn.
When the Republican party saw such "news" was working, they co-opted it. They made the audience afraid of losing their right to rule because of skin color even more afraid that if they weren't nice to Big Business by giving up their unions, insurance benefits, raises, promotions, and finally their chance to not have their own jobs sent right out of the country, then Big Business would move on without them, and so the so-called "conservative" flavor of FOX News was born - because this crowd? Swallowed these lies whole and kept swallowing so hard, for so long, that finally Big Business took advantage of the fears FOX News planted within them and did exactly what they most feared, then told them to be grateful to have any jobs at all, and to never ask for help with low pay for the part-time work they now have to do at McDonald's, like the welfare queens always demand from those snarky liberal types. And this crowd acquiesced, because if that's what it takes to stay white they'll do it, because FOX news said so, and those guys? Are aaaalways right, about everything. Their last conspiracy theory proved it! You just have to understand. But us liberal types, nope, we never do.
While the idea that you don't have to be too smart to buy into FOX News, you just have to be afraid of waking up one day no longer in charge by sheer virtue of your whiteness and that somehow this is all the Clintons' fault is the very idea that birthed and still runs it, and while there's no blaming Donald Trump for tapping into a rather large "news" audience that's been sitting on its hands in feigned helplessness screaming in media-manufactured "pain" for 20 years now and was simply waiting for somebody, anybody - even TRUMP - to "rescue" them from the deep, dark, bleak tragedy of it all - I continue to be shocked at the bad spelling, deplorable grammar, lack of punctuation and unending typos I have to deal with on a daily basis to exist on the same web and in the same world as the very people who might mock me for, of all things, being a defensible human being.
The lying, ignorance and immaturity that seems to run rampant among this crowd are bad enough. Full stop. But at least I could give my apparent enemies credit if they would at least word their nasty, defensive, rotten, hateful little screeds on Facebook, Twitter, message boards, news sites and so on just a wee mite more carefully, and they'd get tons more points if they'd stop a) using six-year old online "handles" and b) writing and thinking like six-year olds. I know this is a lot, and that I'll never get even one thing you see on this list. But I can dream. So in trying to figure out who stands for Trump, I've been visiting Facebook more in the last week than I have in many years. Anything with Make America Grope Again or on Donald's page usually gives me an idea of who I'm up against, and seeing their posts reminds me why they own five guns per person: they couldn't think their way out of paper bags, so if they ever have to, they'll just shoot.
What occurs to me is they write the same way Trump talks: he's famous for having a small, limited vocabulary, repeating himself, incoherence, choppy sentence construction, fragmented, incomplete thoughts, cyclonic speech patterns, changing the subject, refusing to admit there's a subject, mispronouncing words or making them up - bigly so - and for making fun of people, especially for their looks, so if you close your eyes and can hear his gaspy, sort of contemptuous sniffle whipping your head around like the disorganized windstorm it is, then you can see what his fans' words look like online without looking, because they're about the same.
This post, in fact, was brought to you thanks to what I had to endure in a Facebook thread on Trump's page last night, under the picture he made of himself telling Hillary, "You'd be in jail", where the commenters continually repeated some form of the bully phrase, "She said FATCHECK!", "Did I hear her say fat-check?", "She said FAT CHECKGUYS!1!!" and, "She said 'fatcheck' three times I counted. Anyone else?" While I could go on about the many childish handles used, the fake praying that Hillary's life might be spared by the Chosen One and various appeals to God to protect the Chosen One until he might be coronated because she has to lose after defending a rapist while laughing over the tie-dying of 39,000 emails even as she was so crippled by Benghazi while standing on Gennifer Flowers's face she could barely punch Bill in his, FOX News said so, and how she keeps threatening folks with thanks for their support lest Bill be outed as a Martian who merely identifies as a white dude the same way trans people put on their fake identities because they need our prayers, yes they do, oh Lord, and btw: RADICALLY MUSLIMISTIC ERRORISTS, but I think the FATCHECKER comments tell us all we need to know about how childishly, simplistically base casual discourse is becoming for many of us with, scarily enough, voting rights in this country.