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Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5: Anna Pierre

North Miami mayoral candidate Anna Pierre turned some heads earlier this week by claiming that she had Jesus Christ’s official endorsement in Tuesday’s primary. While a candidate claiming divine inspiration is not especially unusual, usually they don’t claim that Jesus is actually making political endorsements, like some kind of holy Kennedy relative.

On Election Day, Pierre took things a step further by printing campaign fliers featuring the endorsement, complete with a picture:
Jesus endorsement

Image: NBC Miami

Somewhere in Washington, Michele Bachmann is presumably wondering why she didn’t think of that first.

Ultimately, like most other “chosen” candidates, Pierre suffered a resounding defeat, finishing in last place in the primary with just 0.83 percent of the vote. To Pierre, the explanation is simple: “North Miami chose ‘Luciefer’ [sic] over Jesus,” she wrote on her campaign’s Facebook page.

Again, Michele Bachmann must be wondering why she didn’t use that excuse after the Iowa Caucus.

  • hilandar1000

    And Keyes has gotten even nuttier since that 2004 election when he ran for Senator in a state in which he was NOT a resident.

    • Pamby50

      I lived in Illinios then. The GOP brought him in to run against Obama cause there candidate had to leave when his divorce papers were made public. He was to freaky for them. Mr Keyes was no better.

  • David Turrentine

    The fruitcakes were out in force this week. I have never confronted such a mass of paranoia as this crap in my life. A Para noid Personality Disorder must be a prerequisite to being a part of the T-party.

    • idamag

      I wonder if the use of pesticides is causing this outbreak of mental illness. There is a form of paranoia that thinks they talk to God. Some of them think they are God.

  • Lovefacts

    Unfortunately, the inmates (the far right) are in charge of the asylum (Capital Hill) and their ever present talking heads are always pushing the envelop of extremism. IMO, extremism–be it right or left–will be the death of this country. I’d now like to add so to will be ignorance. Doesn’t anyone study history?

  • latebloomingrandma

    Why would Bachman be concerned about conservatives not getting access to health care, when she opposes it and wants to kill it? My hope is that in 2014 when it’s implemented, that mental health care will enjoy a boom. Lord knows, these people need treatment!!!

    • plc97477

      I think the truth of the matter is that she wants health care only for repugs aka conservatives.

    • idamag

      How right you are.

    • stcroixcarp

      I think Michelle would prefer faith healing for everyone. It is really cheap, unless you go to a preacher.

    • This Week In Crazy?? Hell They GOP/Tea Party Has Been Going Crazy For A Long Time Now!!! Now That Barack Obama Won A Second Term They Gotten Even Crazier!!

  • Fairplay4

    Playing crazy is one thing but lying about Jesus of Nazareth carries a heavy penalty.

  • old_blu

    Holy crap! *shakes head *rolls eyes*

    • BDC_57

      Are they saying coming to take me away haha

  • The crazies were out in full force this week but the idiots who believe them are the worst of the worst.

  • JDavidS

    What really frightens me is that Beck and Bachmann are allowed to wander off leash… Jeezus, what if they meet and breed?

  • RobertCHastings

    I like Bachman’s idea that got her into first place, denying medical care to Republicans. Works for me. If they don’t want it, Let’s not be a bunch of butts and deny their wishes. Reserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid ONLY for Democrats. I wonder how long it would take for the majority of Republicans to change party affiliation. I bet Ted Cruz would be the first in line, Bachman would never figure what happened, Glen Beck would put a spin on it that would make the Tea Party think it was a good idea to save money and you know Paul Ryan would support it because it would bring his plan halfway home.

    • exdemo55

      I was wrong. Obama the Nazi is not just a socialist, he’s a fascist.

      • RobertCHastings

        Interesting observation, since he isn’t even blond. The fascists in both Italy and Germany believed in the purity of a single mother-race, something I have never seen advocated by Obama, only the Panthers and other like groups. Once again, Obama does NOT advocate for government ownership of the means of production and distribution, which, by definition, excludes him from the category of “socialist”.

        • exdemo55

          Definition of a fascist:
          1
          often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
          2
          : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

          • RobertCHastings

            So, you are either saying or implying that Obama is a Fascist. I honestly believe that you must have been asleep or on Planet 9 for the past twelve years. The American Patriot Act, backed up by the Department of Homeland Security, both occurred during the previous administration, a Republican administration, contrary to its professed mission and vision statements. Your entire argument regarding fascism and Obama holds no water, simply because the Republicans had already put the framework in place, and were doing the best they could to establish such a world order, which they referred to as American hegemony, and had been planning since the Reagan administration.

          • idamag

            And everybody’s phone records were subject to scrutiny via the patriot act.

          • RobertCHastings

            Not just phone records, but the books you check out of the library, and your searches online.

        • idamag

          You are trying to talk intelligence to a person who hasn’t any.

      • idamag

        Nazi Germany was against Black people. Remember hitler refused to acknowledge that Jesse Owens won the race in the Olympics. ignoramuses who throw out the word Nazi owe the real victims of the Nazi party an apology. Hate mongers are an infection on our country.

  • Pamby50

    I had the radio on when I heard about Anna Pierre. She must have been out in the sun to long. Jesus endorsed me.

  • Shouldn’t GOP, like the industry, have a Human Resources Dept to screen applicants for sane and intelligent candidates?

    • angelsinca

      “Shouldn’t GOP, like the industry, have a Human Resources Dept to screen applicants for sane and intelligent candidates?”

      Oooh… that”s a low blow, but made me laugh. It appears several Dem reps never even showed up for the first interview. They were elected anyway.

  • exdemo55

    Are you guys scared? You’re now seeing the real Obama.
    Obama (Hitler) and his Gestapo (IRS)

    • BDC_57

      Shut your mouth you lying troll.

      • exdemo55

        Stunning when reality finally slaps you in the face. How did Obama win election with his economy in such bad shape? Take the votes of the ignorant and illegals who don’t pay income tax, and use Gestapo tactics on the rest. Same as Hitler.

        • Sand_Cat

          If we’re scared, it’s because there are people so far out of touch with reality as you running around without supervision.

          • exdemo55

            Does that mean you want to lock up me and anyone else that disagrees with Obama the Nazi.

          • plc97477

            We just want to make sure you are wearing your foil hats before you head out. You are going to need them.

        • idamag

          You are proof the ignorant did not vote for Obama. You are what I describe as POS (proud of stupid)

        • idamag

          For God’s sake, shut up. You have nothing intelligent to offer to the discussion.

      • Justin Napolitano

        I love the IRS. I pay my taxes, which are not only fair but in my mind too damn fair. I expect the IRS to go after those that don’t want to pay their taxes; that expect special treatment and loopholes; that try to hide the fact that they are political organizations and don’t want to disclose who is backing them. Make no mistake about it they are trying to pull a fast one and the IRA is stopping them. I expect nothing less from the IRA but to go after the cheating bastards.

        • idamag

          Yes, and when organizations are claiming tax exempt status and claiming they are not a political organization, but the evidence points otherwise, as a taxpayer, let’s investigate their claims.

    • idamag

      You owe every victim of the Holocaust an apology. If you cannot discuss a matter with using such ignorant language, you aren’t smart enough to discuss anything.

      • exdemo55

        Right after you apologize to conservatives and Tea Party members for being attacked by the fascist Obama and his Gestapo.

        • Sand_Cat

          Can you even define Fascism without looking it up? Why don’t you stop embarrassing yourself!
          I seem to remember you used to write comments that were at least purportedly factual. I’m sure some holes could have been poked in them, and they weren’t pleasant to read, but at least they didn’t make you look like a delusional fool. Or do I have you mixed up with someone else?

          • idamag

            When some people cannot present verifiable facts, from reliable sources, they resort to ugly, hateful name calling.

  • angelsinca

    Glenn Beck is such a gift to this column.

    • Sand_Cat

      Quite right. Every right-wing nutcase is something of a “gift.” They show who it is that hates this country and its institutions, and most of its people.

      • angelsinca

        From the glimpses I’ve seen of his zaniness, Beck doesn’t hate this country or its people.

        • dtgraham

          Except when he pretends to wipe a tear out of his eye, mocking some fictitious minimum wage earner, saying that “if only I could get the minimum wage raised and then get some of that free health care, I’d be better off.” Yes, he actually said that in a condescending, pejorative kind of way when he was on Fox. Well actually Glenn, they would be better off. Quite a lot better.

          He may not hate the country as a whole, but he definitely has a major disdain for many of it’s citizens.

          • angelsinca

            “Except when he pretends to wipe a tear out of his eye, mocking some fictitious minimum wage earner”

            That doesn’t make him a hater. It makes him an immature douche. Don’t care much for folks that have to ridicule others in order to assert themselves. I’m hoping he declares himself a sovereign state. Maybe this will permanently severe the association with republicans and conservatives.

          • Sand_Cat

            I have to say I like your diagnosis, but there are too many other Republicans and “conservatives” like him to sever it. Despite what you might think, I can respect disagreement, but it’s hard to respect insanity, especially when it’s mixed with generous helpings of malice and dishonesty. If Glenn isn’t a hater, then he really doesn’t belong in today’s Republican Party.

          • angelsinca

            “If Glenn isn’t a hater, then he really doesn’t belong in today’s Republican Party”

            Hate is not party criteria. I’d say something equally clever but left all my pointy objects at home.

          • Sand_Cat

            Hate may not be a party criterion for you, but I don’t think you’d do very well as a Republican candidate on the national stage without it, at least not at present. And what I said wasn’t particularly clever, nor was it intended to be. It may be an exaggeration, but it’s not much of one. We can all hope this is a passing phase, because the Dems aren’t exactly the picture of probity – except compared to their house and senate colleagues – and we really don’t need another civil war.
            I guess I must be dull, because I didn’t pick up on the “pointy objects” thing until just now, or I think I did.

          • angelsinca

            “Hate…I don’t think you’d do very well as a Republican candidate on the national stage without it”

            That’s a debatable theory of partisan exclusivity. The negative ad count ended up about equal between the L & R last election. Also, a brief review of comments on any political blog seems to counter the partisan-specific claim, where EVERYONE seems to be hating on something. :>)

          • Sand_Cat

            On the blogs, frustration and anger are not the same as hate and intolerance. And I don’t measure hate by negative ads, although the emphasis in them can make a difference. I’m talking about stoking raw fear and spreading disinformation, and – more importantly – passing or attempting to pass laws taking away people’ right to freedom of religion (which is not freedom unless it includes the right to choose freedom from religion), speak freely, publicly protest, and – most important – vote. The Dems are no saints, but the Republicans beat them by a mile in abusing all of those freedoms and in exploiting prejudice and racism, in my opinion.
            I had written a much longer answer attempting to explain my philosophy in a reasonable fashion because I don’t really want to simply exchange insults or one-liners, but Disqus lost it for me, and I haven’t the patience to re-create it.

            It’s true that in my frustration I do get pretty nasty, and so do others but most often my targets are those who sneer Fox talking points and other obvious lies and delusions at those of us to whom this site is primarily oriented. I think you can guess who they are.

          • angelsinca

            Thanks for the candor.

      • idamag

        Some gifts, you would be safer not opening, like the gift horse.

  • So Jesus has jumped into politics and endorsed a political candidate, huh? That means Jesus now loses his tax exempt status..

    • Dave

      With talk like that, pretty soon the right-wing will be proclaiming “Obama wants the IRS to audit Jesus.”

  • howa4x

    you know when I was a college student in the late 60’s and early 70″s we had a lot of conspiracy theories and some about Nixon actually came true. The rest were dreamed up smoking weed. I think these people are on much stronger stuff than we ever had . If Glenn beck and Michelle Bachmann aren’t tripping on some major hallucinogens, than no one ever did.