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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Today in Projection: Criminal/Crazy Edition

Two stories illustrating how projection has become a major rhetorical device fo the right.

First, did you know that the American left was the inspiration for the Nazis? Well, none other than Dinesh D'Souza, convicted felon and right-wing hack, has the goods:

This week on Facebook, D’Souza said, "FACT: Hitler got many of his destructive, genocidal ideas from American Democrats."

On Amazon, his book's page reads:
What is "the big lie" of the Democratic Party? That conservatives—and President Donald Trump in particular—are fascists. Nazis, even. In a typical comment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says the Trump era is reminiscent of "what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor."

But in fact, this audacious lie is a complete inversion of the truth. Yes, there is a fascist threat in America—but that threat is from the Left and the Democratic Party. The Democratic left has an ideology virtually identical with fascism and routinely borrows tactics of intimidation and political terror from the Nazi Brownshirts.

That's a really stellar performance from a has-been-before-he-ever-was.

And, from one of our perennial favorite nutjobs, another has-been, Michele Bachmann, in response to the city of Minneapolis setting up a hotline to report hate crimes:

"What we're seeing is that hotlines are being set up by units of government for the purpose of encouraging people to call in and rat on their fellow man to report a hate crime," Bachmann blathered, clearly confusing hate crimes with hate speech.

"What they're trying to do is implement anti-blasphemy laws. They're trying to implement Islamic Sharia law locally in order to quiet churches and quiet anybody who would talk about what the truth is about Islam."

Installed during June, the hotline immediately received " viable" reports of assault, property damage, and " harassing behaviors." However, Bachmann maintained that the hotline is an act of "civilization jihad" against good Christian folk like herself who just want to tell Muslims how evil they are.

"What the truth is about Islam" -- I doubt that Bachmann can figure out what the truth is about anything.

At any rate, it's become obvious that the right has adopted projection as a major weapon in their war against America.

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