Trump continued his campaign of promoting conspiracy theories and stirring up fear of our black president when he called in to Fox & Friends this morning for some more free publicity.
When you’re the presumptive nominee of a party that feeds off an undercurrent of fear and conspiracy theories, what else would you do but appear on the network that markets that undercurrent for profits?
When asked about his feelings on President Obama’s press conference on the tragic shootings of six police officers, three of whom died, in Baton Rouge yesterday, Trump jumped in with both feet to insist that the president didn’t really mean it when he condemned any use of violence against the police.
“I watch the president and sometimes, you know, the words are okay…but you just look at the body language and there’s something going on. There’s something going on. And the words are not often okay, by the way.”
Trump didn’t bother to define the “something” that is “going on,” it’s just that Obama is bad, okay? Anything he says that might be misconstrued as positive must be quickly refuted because he’s scary and evil.
“There’s just bad feeling, and a lot of bad feeling about him. I see it, too.”
This is, of course, not the first time Trump has insisted that Obama is a scary, evil unknown in times of tragedy. Five days ago, Trump spoke about the president’s response to terrorist acts after the mass murder of 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“We’re led by a man who is very — look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it…
People cannot believe, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and he can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
After stirring the pot of conspiracy theories against the president with his big, bad, mysterious “something” that is “going on” with President Obama, Trump outdid himself on the hypocrisy scale by adding:
“I think we need strength. I think we also need somebody that can be a cheerleader. He’s been a great divider in this country.”
What we need is unity and understanding, and no group needs that more than the far-right members of the GOP party. Instead, they got Trump, who will continue to pander to their “us vs. them” mentality while accusing the president of being “a great divider” with his “body language.”
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