Well, no wonder people have been falling for conspiracy theories. While Donald Trump was in office, 27 mental health experts leaped across years of tradition to warn America in their book that the then-president was seriously mentally ill. Wednesday, one of those professionals appeared on MSNBC’S The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and bleakly proclaimed that the ex-president was “delusional” and way over the top — or bottom, depending upon one’s perspective.
Another person on the edge of reality was Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). We first saw her chasing down high schoolers right after they witnessed the Parkland school shooting. She was telling them that she was carrying a gun:
Trump famously told a group of veterans at a VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) not to believe their own eyes and ears, rather, believe him. If the ex-president has been seriously mentally ill, and he has reams of people following him, then it stands to reason that they have already been living in his delusional world, too.
The Lincoln Project’s latest video showed a “THEN” Greene comment about Jewish people being identified by a yellow star and comparing that to mask-wearing. The project followed that up with a clip of her saying the exact opposite. It was aptly titled “#ExpelMarjorieTaylorGreene.”
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 2, 2021
The Washington Post gave us some background on the uses of “false evidence for their own oppression:”
‘When anti-vaccine Trump supporters then recast that same Star of David to promote false evidence for their own oppression, the analogy annexes and then erases centuries of pain through a fallacy. In the United States, it is predominantly White evangelical protesters who are choosing to avoid the completely voluntary vaccine, but who continue to don a symbol that millions of Jews were compelled to wear as a means of being excluded and then exterminated.’
The Post continued, indicating how “false equivalence” is “a gross misuse of a[n] historical symbol:”
‘The dubious power of this kind of false analogy relies onmaking you think the Holocaust has an equal weight as an optional vaccine or a mask mandate does. The more insidious work of this false equivalence is how easily it can erode the gravity of the original evil. When non-Jews appropriate the Star of David for their own aims, they contribute to the erasure of the historical suffering of Jews — from medieval to modern times. The problem here isn’t just the gross misuse of a historical symbol, it’s the impact on the explicitly Jewish suffering associated with that symbol.’
Twitter world went crazy over this latest ad. Take a look at some of our favorite responses below:
— Mysnya (Miss-n-ya) (@DawnGuderley) June 2, 2021
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