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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Guess it wasn't MAGA country after all......

This entire Smollett affair, from its sleazy beginning to this sleazy end, has been an absolute blessing for the Right. 

People on the Left and Right will never change their minds about anything. But those in the center are going to be outraged by all the dishonesty, posturing, and high level influence-peddling this affair has brought forth. 

Which is actually a great way of turning purple states into MAGA country.


Shaun F said...

John- It's pretty over the top. What does one say? I see the comments are moderated in pretty much all regular news media forums for this story. What kind of message does this send to people - is what I wonder.


John Craig said...

Shaun --
It's an outrage, and even some liberals (notably Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago) are expressing outrage, though some of that may just be posturing. Evidently that DA Foxx has a long history of this sort of thing.

The message? Chicago is every bit as much the corrupt Democratic machine as it has ever been. Oh, and also: hate crime hoaxes are not hate crimes if they're pointed in this direction. (Though in fact, of course, they are.)

Alter Ego said...

What do you think of what Smollett said at his press conference?

“First of all I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me, who have supported me and who have showed me so much love. No one will ever know how much that has meant to me and I will be forever grateful. I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.

“This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.

“Now I’d like nothing more than to get back to work and move on with my life. But make no mistakes, I will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere. So again thank you for all the support. Thank you for faith and thank you to God. Bless you. Thank you very much.”

John Craig said...

Alter Ego --
I was struck by those words when I saw them too. This is how sociopaths operate: they'll just keep lying and lying, even when they've been caught red-handed. Absolutely no sense of shame. And they seem to expect people to believe them, too. Even the prosecutor who announced that the charges were being dropped pointed out that this didn't mean Smollett was innocent.

Another thing here is the weird overemphasis that sociopaths use. "I have been truthful and consistent own every level since day one. I wold not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I've been accused of.....I would not bring my family, our ives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn't." (Actually Jussie, you just did.) And all this, after he changed his story several times and clear evidence that he staged it all.

His final pronouncement about always continuing to fight for the justice, equality and betterment of marginalized people everywhere reminds me of nothing so much as OJ's pronouncement when the jury acquitted him that he was now going to dedicate his life to finding "the real killers" of his wife.

It's also telling how much more frequently sociopaths like this are creatures of the Left than of the Right. I'm not saying there aren't sociopaths on both sides -- I've written previously about how Carly Fiorina, Joe Arpaio, and Newt Gingrich are sociopaths -- but they seem more often to be Lefties. And in particular, the type of sociopath who has Munchausen's Syndrome -- a prerequisite for staging hate hoaxes -- are almost exclusively creatures of the Left.

Steven said...

I thought the dems best chance of winning in 2020 would be Bernie Sanders, with his potential appeal to blue collar whites in the rust belt swing states. But I see on twitter he's just another social justice warrior, so it looks like it could well be Trump again.

John Craig said...

Steven --
I think Sanders is just too old at this point. And all the Dems have the same problem, which is that they're being used leftward by the hard left element of their party, and the more this goes on, the better Trump's chances.

ArthurinCali said...


It's only anecdotal evidence I've been seeing but still very interesting to read comments on the New York Times these days.(and really, almost any news that allows comments)
They aren't overtly pro Trump or even a fan so much that they are starting to question the doctrine and policies held by the more rabid lefties in office and their public intellectuals. Especially on illegal immigration. More to the point, I see comments starting like "I'm a life long liberal but....", and then asking the honest, logical questions that the debate needs. Where will they all live? Whose gonna pay for rent,food,healthcare, ect. I see that as at least some improvement.

John Craig said...

ArthurinCali --
That is a huge improvement. I don't even read the Times these days (other than to get the crossword puzzles from my parents), I got sick of all the nonstop propagandizing of the Times a long time ago. Bu hearing that some Times readers are asking commonsensical questions is reassuring. I think a lot of San Francisco residents are having their noses rubbed in the homeless problem on a daily basis, and that always helps bring some sanity back. It's one thing to pontificate about how others should put up with illegals and letting the insane out of mental institutions onto the streets when it's not your problem, but it's another when they're hanging around outside your front door.

AOC, like Jussie Smollett, is a great gift to the Right.