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Republican National Convention Follows Witch-Burning Script

Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Published with permission from Alternet.

Amid unison cries of “Lock her up!”, the Republican Party tonight attempted a witch-burning of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic rival to Donald J. Trump, the GOP’s presidential nominee. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, whom Trump defeated in the primaries, event went so far as to link Clinton with Lucifer by means of a novel form of guilt by association — through the dedication in a book. And everyone knows the first order of witchery is consorting with the devil.

The book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, in which, with a twinkle in his eye, the famed organizer acknowledged Lucifer as the first radical. (Alinsky did not, as Carson said, dedicate his book to Lucifer; it is dedicated to someone named Irene.) Hillary Clinton wrote her undergraduate thesis on Alinsky, and in the course of doing so, exchanged correspondence with him.

Much of the night was devoted to the demonization of Clinton. Of all people, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was chosen to make the case “as a former federal prosecutor” for why the Democratic presumptive nominee is guilty of crimes and shenanigans. This, just days after Christie’s own close confidante, David Samson, pled guilty before a federal judge to one count of bribery for, as Salon’s Robert Hennelly put it, “shaking down United Airlines in his role as chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, a position to which Christie appointed him.” Not to mention the indictments of Christie’s aides in the Bridgegate scandal.

It all went according to the script laid out by Trump advisor and longtime Republican dirty-trickster Roger Stone, who yesterday told a rally he co-hosted with conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones that the game for any successful political campaign is to first qualify one’s own candidate, and then disqualify one’s opponent. Jones, a vocal Trump supporter, has been tasked with painting Clinton as a criminal, a role he’s taken up with gusto.

For a less frothing-at-the-mouth spin on the theme, Christie constructed his speech as a legal indictment, prompting the crowd to shout “Guilty!” at various points in the litany of purported wrongdoings — ranging from Clinton’s use of a private email server for correspondence with her staff during her tenure as secretary of state to her conduct of foreign policy. He even laid the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram fighters at Clinton’s feet, insinuating that she wanted it to happen. It was clearly a witch trial.

“You tonight [are] sitting as a jury of her peers in this hall and in your living rooms around our nation,” he said. When early in his speech, the crowd appeared to spontaneously launch into the “Lock her up!” chant, Christie said, “Give me a few more minutes; we will get there.”

If you’ve ever been to a sporting event, you know that when tens of thousands of people in an arena chant in union, that corporate conduct of energy is fearsome.

Walking around the streets of Cleveland, it’s hard to miss the gendered nature of the contempt shown for Clinton, what with the tee shirts for sale that read “TRUMP THAT BITCH,” or the frequent references to Trump’s cojones.

The witch burnings that erupted periodically throughout Europe and in North America across three centuries were a church-sanctioned attempt to put down the power of female healers as the male leaders of Christianity sought to consolidate their power, ostensibly in the service of a single male deity. In God’s Own Party, the operatives behind Trump understand the power of that old, historical reflex.

If it summons the sort of energy that borders on violence, then so be it. Whatever it takes to put their man on top. That’s balls for you.


Photo: Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar



  1. annienoel July 20, 2016

    The good doctor obviously has never read or looked at Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis or the book he refers to written by Saul Alinsky. Hillary’s thesis was negative. And Alinsky didn’t dedicate the book to Lucifer. He dedicated it to someone named Jean.

    1. TZToronto July 20, 2016

      Well, a Trump supporter (who may want to be the Surgeon General) said it, so it must be true. It’s comical to look at the way in which these Republican “stars” are trying to do Trump’s work for him. It’s like they’re all auditioning for cabinet positions. Giuliani can be Head Cheerleader, Christie Secretary of Bridge Logisitcs and Slander, and Baio Secretary of Propaganda and Women’s Affairs.

      1. Beethoven July 28, 2016

        I’ve been thinking about who might end up in Trump’s cabinet. So far, I’ve managed to fill only three positions: Chris Christie for Secretary of Transportation; Sarah Palin for Secretary of Education; and Ted Nugent for Secretary of Homeland Security. Anyone have any more ideas?

        1. TZToronto July 28, 2016

          It’s funny to see the various Republican “personalities” trying to position themselves for cabinet positions. Seriously, Rudy would probably like to be Attorney General, and Ben would like to be Surgeon General. The real problem is that not one of the people Trump might appoint could be trusted to do anything for America. All policy (Who can we get even with? How can we make more money for the wealthy, especially the Fearless Leader? How many foreign countries can we start wars with? How can we further enrich the military-industrial complex?) would come from the top without advice from anyone. I can foresee even a Republican-controlled Congress impeaching and convicting Trump within months of his taking office for violating his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Trump’s only true oath will be to enrich Donald Trump in any ways possible.

    2. Bill P July 21, 2016

      But those are facts, something that doesn’t penetrate the Republican psyche.

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 20, 2016

    Carson is shortly due to be committed at the rate he’s going.

    As for the rest of the chanting ninnies, they all must be genetically linked to the witch hunters of Salem, Mass., and to those in merry England during the era of Cromwell.

    What a nuthouse collection at the RNC Convention.

    1. dpaano July 20, 2016

      And this is supposed to be funny? Actually, it’s perverted and not something that should be posted on public website!!! How old are you for criminy sakes? You act like a 5-year old!!!

      1. Sand_Cat July 20, 2016

        But it captures Otto’s character so well! How can you deny the poor wretch his attempts at self-expression?
        I just don’t understand why he doesn’t exchange that silly picture of a goat for one that captures his “character” even better:

      2. ivory69690@yahoo.com July 21, 2016

        yup so true I commented of her post and WOW I got and email from the BOT Betty Caraballo how dose one block a bot do you know how ?

    2. The lucky one July 21, 2016

      So when are you going to officially come out Otto?

  3. latebloomingrandma July 20, 2016

    I thought the last two Republican conventions were nasty, but this one surpasses all for ugliness. What a spectacle for the world to see.

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com July 20, 2016

      if its that bad then why did you post it ? and did you email this to your grand children too just to show them how nasty it is or for other reasons ?

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  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com July 20, 2016

    Ben Carson, whom Trump defeated in the primaries, event went so far as to link Clinton with Lucifer by means of a novel form of guilt by association ///BENNY has done one too many Neurosurgeon’s on himself and with that the DUMPSTER said BENNY was a child molester and with out any debate about being one from BENNY must be DONNY DUMP was right about it

  5. zorro037 July 20, 2016

    Dr. Carson is a guy who is begging to be pardoned for being black. Sorry doctor but you don’t have way out.

  6. dpaano July 20, 2016

    Unfortunately, the GOP and Trump’s gang will do ANYTHING possible to discredit Hillary, even to the point of lying, which they’re pretty good at! It’s just sad that it seems okay for them to lie, but if Hillary even spins a little “white” lie, you’d think she had burned down a cross or something! Christie also has little to talk about, especially after his Bridgegate BS….he’s the one that should have been indicted, and I’m still waiting for that one. But, like most GOP politicians, he lied and blamed everyone else for what he KNOWS is the truth!! Trump’s so-called “followers” are bigger liars than any I’ve seen in this campaign!!! They should get prizes for the biggest lie!

    1. AgLander July 20, 2016

      Clinton doesn’t need anyone to help discredit her…….she does a great job of doing it herself, (since 1973!)

      1. Bren Frowick July 20, 2016

        Absurd right wing idiot spouting BS again. Clinton has been the target of right wing propaganda machine for decades now. They have utterly failed to even ONCE come up with anything. So the question arises: is she a brilliant mastermind? Or are the idiots investigating her so totally incompetent that nobody in their right mind would hire them to sweep a floor? Either way, you lose.

      2. Sand_Cat July 20, 2016

        The GOP started making up lies about her all the way back then?

      3. The lucky one July 21, 2016

        As does your pin-up boy Donnie.

      4. Bill P July 21, 2016

        So telling us about lying. Did Melania write her speech or not? If she so did she know she was plagiarizing Michele Obama’s speech? Why haven’t you called the Slovenian a liar?

  7. Sand_Cat July 20, 2016

    It’s clear that – as the article suggests – the GOP is full to overflowing with “peers” for their fantasy they call “Hillary Clinton.” Every “charge” they intone is more of a confession of their own malice and dishonesty than an accurate or effective condemnation of their target.


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