Here are 5 of the most ridiculous right-wing moments this week
- QAnon conspiracy theorist says it's a miracle the Clintons haven't had her murdered yet.
The QAnon conspiracy theory, which holds that President Donald Trump is secretly working with special counsel Robert Mueller to take down a world-spanning ring of child sex traffickers led by prominent liberals and Democrats, continues apace, despite many of its core predictions not coming true. But according to Right Wing Watch, Liz Crokin, a pro-Trump "journalist" at the forefront of the QAnon community, claims to be near to cracking the case — and thinks it's amazing that the Clintons have not yet rubbed her out.
In an interview on the far-right YourVoice America "Steel Truth", Crokin said the NYPD discovered "tons" of evidence of "child rape" implicating Hillary Clinton and "several other elites." And in response to host Ann Vandersteel saying that she was "afraid to go on camera and talk about this because there is a Clinton body count also associated with these people," Crokin agreed: "They've tried to come after me," Crokin responded. "They have come after me. It's a miracle I'm still alive, to tell you the truth."
Crokin and Vandersteel are far from the first ones to paint the Clintons as a pair of mob bosses whacking people left and right. Conspiracy theory lists of people supposedly murdered by the Clintons have circulated for years, most of which are just lists of random people in the Clintons' orbit who happened to die of diseases or accidents, and almost none of which provide explanations of why these people would be murdered but not, say, Monica Lewinsky or Ken Starr.
- Rep. Louie Gohmert says the Southern Poverty Law Center is the most dangerous hate group in America.
This week, Congress held a laughably farcical hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, during which Republicans mostly tried to bombard him with accusations of putting liberal bias in his search algorithms. One particularly eyebrow-raising remark, however, came from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who wanted to know why YouTube partners with the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "Trusted Flagger." The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the most diligent and reputable sources on hate groups and extremist figures in the United States — but according to Gohmert, it is actually the worst hate group in America.
"The Southern Poverty Law Center has really stirred up more hate than any other group that I've known," Gohmert fumed. As an example, he cited the fact that they declare the Family Research Council as a hate group, insisting that they simply believe "that Christianity is really more based on love than about any other religion in history." In fact, the Family Research Council has repeatedly attacked LGBTQ persons as pedophiles and its president, Tony Perkins, has given speeches to the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens and bought the mailing list of KKK leader David Duke.
Gohmert might want to think a little harder if he can't name any group that has "stirred up more hate" than the Southern Poverty Law Center. For one, maybe the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville.
- Ann Coulter says the only thing that makes Muslims, Jews, and "exotic sexual groups" tolerate each other is they all hate white men.
It is no secret that the Democratic Party is far more diverse in its membership than the Republican Party. And this is something that GOP author Ann Coulter can't comprehend, because she doesn't understand how a ton of different races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations can coexist within the same political party and not be at each other's throats all the time.
She does have a theory about how it works though: because they are all taught to hate white men as a common enemy.
"I think we're going to be seeing a lot of these disputes in the Democratic Party base, because they all hate one another," said Coulter on Fox News on Wednesday. "I mean, you have the Muslims and the Jews and the various exotic sexual groups and the black church ladies with the college queers. The only thing that keeps the Democratic base together is for them to keep focusing on, no, white men are the ones keeping you down, you must hate white men. It's the one thing they all have in common."
On Ingraham's Fox News show, Ann Coulter describes her version of the Dem party— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) December 12, 2018
"I mean you have the Muslims and the Jews and the various exotic sexual groups and the black church ladies with the college queers ... you must hate white men. It's the one thing they have in common" pic.twitter.com/xGWe0wH2uP
- Michigan state senator says the GOP had to gut paid sick leave to make sure people keep working.
Republicans in the Michigan legislature executed a devious power grab to prevent voters from putting a referendum on the ballot raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick leave: they passed the measures as regular bills so that they couldn't appear on the ballot, then passed more laws rolling it back after the election was safely over. The move has inspired outrage. But according to one lawmaker, state Sen. Rick Jones, it was necessary to override the will of the people for one reason:
"What we had was a ballot initiative and we're responsible for looking at it and we can within 40 days take it up and vote on it," Jones said. "Well we did that. Then that allows us to change it a little bit if we need to and we felt we needed to keep people working."
Jones seems to believe that the sick leave law would result in businesses cutting back worker hours or replacing workers with machines. And this is a frequent line of Republicans and industry groups. However, studies have shown that virtually none of the cities or states that have mandated paid sick leave in the United States saw any rise in unemployment.
- James Woods gets Africa and South America confused.
Right-wing film actor James Woods, who has increasingly come under fire for racist postings, has never been known for his sharp wit on social media. But his attempt to troll CNN backfired spectacularly.
On Thursday, Woods tweeted an image of a slip-up CNN made back in 2013, showing a graphic of South America in a story about China. And while that was undeniably a goof for them, Woods was no better:
#ThisIsCNN Hong Kong, Africa... https://t.co/2bFdueYOuP— James Woods (@James Woods)1544772275.0
Most children are taught the shapes of the continents at an early age, and would not have a great deal of trouble distinguishing between Africa and South America.