Robert Reich. (photo: unknown)
20 July 16
he Republican convention of 2016 is a Star Wars barroom of conspiracy nuts, white supremacists, nativists, Birthers, gun crackpots, paranoids, anti-science fruitcakes, old-time Hillary haters, gonzo isolationists, anti-Semites, homophobes, Latinophobes, misogynists, and other know-nothings who have spent their lives on the fringes of the Republican Party, and have now taken it over.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, the presidents Bush, and other sane Republican politicians are wisely staying away from the festivities in Cleveland, but it doesn’t matter. The Party is no longer theirs. It’s under the control of people who have learned everything they know from the darkest regions of the Internet, hate radio, and Fox News. It serves the GOP right. It's been bottom-feeding on all this for years.
Yesterday, for example, Trump advisor Roger Stone told the “Citizens For Trump America First Unity Rally” that, 23 years ago, Hillary Clinton ordered thugs to move the body of Vince Foster (the Clinton family friend who committed suicide). Then Stone introduced Alex Jones, the radio host who claimed that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing, and on whose show Trump is a frequent guest.
The inmates have taken over the asylum that the GOP used to run.