In the wake of the hate-fueled, anti-gay massacre in Orlando, Donald Trump has trotted out his most offensive allegation to date—that President Barack Obama is likely a part of a Trojan Horse scheme that led to the attack that left 50 people dead at the Pulse Nightclub on Sunday morning. Watch at least the first three minutes of this video, then we’ll discuss it futher.
Do you see the connection he’s making? Let me string some of the key phrases together for you:
[Obama] doesn’t get it—or he gets it better than anyone understands. It’s one or the other and either one is unacceptable…
This is a mentality, this is a state, and you have thousands of shooters like this with the same mentality out there in this country and we’re bringing thousands and thousands of them back into the country..This could be the all-time great Trojan Horse…
We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or he’s got something else in mind—and the something else in mind.
Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid was launched on the back of his absurd conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama’s place of birth. He started raising questions about Obama’s birth certificate in 2011 when he was considering a 2012 run for the highest office in the land. Trump decided not to run that time around, but his special brand of racial divisiveness was given a stamp of approval when Mitt Romney accepted Trump’s endorsement.
Trump has mostly stayed away from that particular conspiracy theory during this campaign, except that one time:
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper this June, Trump appeared to try to avoid the topic, but ended up being unable to stop himself from commenting when asked about his 2011 birther push.
When Cooper asked directly if Trump believed Obama was born in the United States, Trump responded “I don’t know.”
He has also not been shy about wondering whether maybe Obama is a Muslim.
This new claim is Donald Trump’s “otherism” or “birtherism” laid bare. He knows his supporters are already prone to see this dark-skinned president as a vague threat to all of the things they cherish (i.e. their white heritage, their guns, etc.). Now all he has to do is gently guide them—without ever actually saying it outright—to the conclusion that what they’ve feared for almost eight years has come to pass. He’s saying to them, “You’ve been right all along!”
Interestingly, Mr. Trump has said nothing about the James Wesley Howell, the white man who was found near the Los Angeles Pride Festival, “sitting in a car registered in Indiana and a search turned up three assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, ammunition and a 5-gallon bucket with chemicals that could be used to create an explosive device,” according to CNN.
That story doesn’t fit into Trump’s narrative.
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