It seems we are in the throes of another of those periods when the “paranoid style in American politics,” as the historian Richard Hofstadter put it in a groundbreaking essay, is ascendant. No nefarious act, no multilayered conspiracy, is too bizarre, too complex or too ridiculous for some to believe.
This is hardly the first baseless conspiracy theory to bubble into official Trump Campaign rhetoric. And while Stephen Bannon, the Breitbart executive and current Trump campaign “CEO,” may be encouraging surrogates to turn up their attacks, the real blame lies with Trump confidant and “dirty trickster” Roger Stone.
Twenty years ago, the idea of anti-government resistance seemed confined to a lunatic fringe operating in the shadows beyond the mainstream. Today, it is the mainstream, the beating heart of the Republican Party.
Candidates question election results all the time, but Timothy Ray Murray is taking the term “sore loser” to an entirely new level. The failed congressional candidate is claiming that his Republican primary opponent, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), is actually a body double, and that any votes for Lucas must be transferred immediately to Murray. Yes, a […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Is there really a link between vaccine and autism, cellphones and cancer, HIV and the CIA? Almost half of Americans believe the answer is yes for at least one of the many medical conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent years. And the attitudes and behavior of those conspiracists toward […]