right so the guy who works as a legislative aide and campaign manager for a republican delegate opened and operated a fake news site smearing hillary DIDN'T have political motivations. mmmk dude.
edit: oh yeah he lived with the republican delegate too.
I literally can't think of a single genuinely intellectual Trump supporter I've ever encountered -- either in person, online, or even in the media. Not one.
Most of the Trump supporters I have encountered have, frankly, displayed an aggressive disinterest in critical thinking, and even in employing the most basic, middle-school level reading and writing skills.
I'm old, by reddit standards: 45. Old enough to remember thinking of the GOP as a party with whom I had some disagreements -- strong ones in some cases -- but they were informed and they had the best interest of the country in mind.
But for 30 years now, I've watched the Right getting progressively more belligerent, more crass and more interested in ideology than in empirical fact. The GOP has actively courted ignorance and bigotry more and more in that time as well.
And now, here we are. And it's only going to get worse before it gets better. And it's going to get so ugly.
EDIT: There are WAY too many comments to reply individually here, but here are some general replies to some common arguments:Intelligence =/= intellectual Saying "I'm an intellectual" isn't a thing intellectuals do I'll concede that some critical thinkers probably did/do support Trump, but I think they're most likely applying that critical thought to embracing racism/misogyny/xenophobia, which I would posit removes these people from the "intellectual" slot anyway. I wish I could say I find the number of counterarguments here that only serve to prove my point surprising, but obviously I do not.
I have never had any relationship with the Russian government or any Russian officials. I was never in contact with anyone, or directed anyone to be in contact with anyone.
The 100 days of protest is such a good idea. Protest every single day Trump holds any office. Do not stop.
Can everyone now admit that trump is an authoritarian ? And let's not act like it's anew thing - hard right nationalism has always had its place in American politics but now that feeling has elected trump
Why is this news? This was known. This is what people voted for. They voted for someone with no plan. Its quit simple really. This leadership void/uncertainty/incompetence/arrogance/lack of experience is exactly what his voters voted for.
Step back and think for a minute - would you ask your doctor to fix your car? would you ask you mechanic to do heart surgery? Well thats exactly what his voters voted for, because their 'feelings were hurt'.
Maybe if California didn't have 'net tax transfers' to the federal government over $30 billion a year we could lower taxes, give all citizens universal health coverage, support higher education, or some of all of the above... But nah, we'll subsidize low-tax red states who tell us we're arrogant and coastal and whatever.
From the article:
“After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy,” (Rick) Perry now says, “I regret recommending its elimination.” Good to know.
How about we get rid of the day altogether and get election day on a Friday and make it a National Holiday.
The ethics department should be independent of influence by Congress, dare I say similar court style body like the Supreme Court. It should be constitutionally mandated and responsible for enforcing laws on conflicts of interest and this ridiculous bullshit the GOP is pushing to abolish budget office, hide the economic impact of the Obamacare repeal, and preventing ethics reviews of Trump's cabinet from finishing before the hearings.