Many have argued that the state of our current political discourse has made us angrier. Nobody can argue with the fact that national conversations have become rather heated. It’s an unfortunate reality, but what if it’s worse than we think?
What if the political climate is also making us stupid?
Seriously. Since the 2016 election, both Republicans and Democrats have engaged in some rather silly behavior when it comes to the news. Let’s take the recent story about bombs being sent to key leaders in the Democratic Party.
On Tuesday, an envelope containing a bomb was sent to ultra left-wing billionaire George Soros, who is known for funding numerous progressive enterprises across the globe. The next day, similar packages were sent to former President Barack Obama, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and CNN’s offices. On Thursday, actor Robert DeNiro received a package as well. Each of the packages were intercepted by the authorities.
None of the bombs exploded. In fact, it is believed that the person sending the explosive devices did not intend for them to detonate. Some believe that he meant for the bombs to be intercepted. Law enforcement has not yet identified the suspect.
Five and a half seconds after the news broke about the bombs, the left and the right fell over themselves to convince the public that they knew EXACTLY why the bombs had been sent, even though no evidence has yet been uncovered.
The Left Blames Trump
Predictably, the left — and their close friends and allies in the establishment media — rushed to pin the acts of terror on President Trump, because apparently, he is the cause of every evil that occurs in the world. In a piece for The Washington Post, Paul Waldman bloviated about how Trump somehow inspired the would-be bomber.
“Given what Trump has done and said, this was absolutely predictable,’’ he writes. “In fact, it’s a wonder that it took this long. It’s not just that Trump advocates violence against his political opponents — though he does. It’s that everything about his rhetoric pushes his supporters in that direction.”
Not to be outdone, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough also joined in on the action. “The unrelenting hatred churned up by Donald Trump for the two years following 2016 is dangerous,” he lied. “A Washington Post columnist is dead and progressive icons are targets of bombs.”
Activist Amy Siskind also attempted to show the world how “woke” she is. She tweeted: “If law enforcement wants to warn for future bomb targets, all they need to do is check Trump’s Twitter feed and play back tapes of his campaign rallies.”
Perhaps Siskind is trying to redeem herself after her deceptive race baiting episode during Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. Of course, like the others, Siskind provides no evidence for her claims.
But wait! There’s more! Conservatives also jumped in with their unsubstantiated theories about the origin of the bombs.
The Right Blames The Left
After the press reported on the bombs, conservatives all over the country took to social media to share their brilliant theory about the story. They claimed that the whole thing is nothing more than a false flag designed to either make Trump supporters appear to be violent or distract from the caravan of illegal immigrants coming from Honduras.
That’s right. The Democratic Party orchestrated this whole thing to make it look like conservatives are a bunch of violent thugs who want to target progressives. Jacob Wohl, who writes for the Gateway Pundit tweeted: “These ‘Suspicious Package’ stories are false flags, carefully planned for the midterms.” Of course, Wohl was not the only right-winger spreading this theory.
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs also indicated that the bombs were sent by the Democrats in a tweet. He later deleted the post. Unfortunately, radio show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage also repeated this theory.
“Republicans just don’t do this kind of thing,” Limbaugh said on his radio show. Unfortunately, the radio host had forgotten about the abortion clinic bombings that have been carried out by right-wingers.
Similar to their friends on the left, none of the conservatives spreading the false flag theory have any evidence to prove their claims.
Nobody Knows What The Hell They’re Talking About
So here we are. The left is blaming Trump, and the right is going with conspiracy theories that they can’t possibly hope to prove at this point. Now, we can easily dismiss the left’s assertion that Trump is somehow at fault for the bombs.
But we are already familiar with this game. Even if the perpetrator turns out to be a conservative, it’s obvious that the majority of Trump supporters would never dream of carrying out such an act. The media is simply using this as a cynical attempt to smear the president and further their ridiculous narrative about Republicans.
However, conservatives should know better than to use stories like these to spread unfounded conspiracy theories as if they were fact. In many cases, these individuals are not even pretending that they could somehow be wrong. They are absolutely certain that the DNC set up the mail bombs regardless of the lack of evidence. Indeed, even if the suspect turns out to be a right winger, these individuals will likely double down on their beloved conspiracy theory.
Is it possible that the Democratic Party created this story? Sure, but it’s not likely — and it makes no sense to act as if their involvement is an indisputable fact.
In the past, when incidents like this one occurred, people certainly speculated on the identity of the perpetrator. It was nothing more than a guessing game until the suspect was apprehended. But now, anytime a person engages in a politically-motivated act of terror or violence, both sides retreat to the safety of their respective echo chambers and pretend that the other side is at fault until everyone ends up looking like fools.
There is no doubt that the Exhausted Majority has grown weary of this behavior, but it will continue as long as we do nothing to repudiate it. Sensible Americans of all political persuasions shouldn’t hesitate to check those on their side who use these episodes to cause further division. This type of conduct isn’t just pure stupidity; it is also dangerous.
Yesterday, federal authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc, who is suspected of mailing the bombs. Sayoc was an avid Trump supporter who was recently registered as a Republican. It is apparent that he was motivated by politics. While some on the right have admitted their false flag theory was wrong, there are still plenty of prominent conservatives claiming that the acts of terror were orchestrated by the Democrats. On the other hand, the media is still attempting to pin the blame on President Trump.