Here is yet another exhibit to my ongoing contention that conspiracy theory leading to two concurrent narratives of reality is the toxin that is going to destroy this country. Right now, the GOP seems to be hell bent on its own radicalization, starting at the local grassroots level. Last month the Wabasha County Republican party hosted a dinner which featured keynote speaker Trevor Loudon. Loudon is identified as a conspiracy theorist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. When speaking, he contended that ‘”more than a hundred members of Congress should be investigated for espionage, that the killing of George Floyd and the unrest that followed ‘was planned since 2016,’ and suggested that voting machines were rigged in last year’s presidential election.”‘ Naturally, we have to get the Big Lie in there somewhere. BemidjiPioneer:
Loudon spoke at a GOP “Wabasha County BPOU: Minnesota On the Rise” banquet held March 27 at the Zumbro Community Church. It was attended by an estimated 400 people, according to a YouTube comment beneath a video of Loudon’s speech.
Described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “far-right conspiracy theorist,” Loudon has a history of making toxic statements. He is a “birther” who has spread the discredited notion that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.
The event was promoted on Facebook by Beverly C. Roche-Snow, Wabasha County GOP chairwoman. When contacted by Forum News Service, she hung up the phone. […]
This isn’t the first time the Wabasha GOP has cozied up to extremist views and has been used as a vehicle for incendiary statements.
Last year, the party was condemned by Jewish organizations after an image comparing mask mandates to Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jewish people was posted on Wabasha County GOP’s Facebook Page.
A Wabasha County GOP official initially claimed that its Facebook page had been hacked. But later, Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said the picture was posted by a county GOP board member, who resigned at the party’s request.
Loudon has likened Obama to Hitler and Stalin, saying that Obama loves his county “in the same way that Adolph Hitler loved Germany and Stalin loved Russia. You know, he wants to transform it into a new vision,” Loudon said in a 2015 interview, according to Right Wing Watch.
Loudon said about the George Floyd killing, “This was planned since 2016, folks. This was all organized by a group headquartered in Minnesota called the ‘Freedom Road Socialist Organization.” And of course the Chinese planned the pandemic in order to sabotage Trump. “The People’s War (Chinese government) is biological weaponry. The COVID was deliberately spread to this country. It was timed for an election year to destroy your economy, destroy Trump and an even worse purpose.” And of course the Big Lie, that the voting machines were rigged was touched upon.
I truly cannot wait until the Dominion v. Lindell case gets into court and the evidence is presented. Although I have no doubt that there will be plenty of CT spun out of that as well. The real problem here is that, just like the poster of the UFO in Fox Muldar’s office, inscribed “I Want To Believe,” the GOPers want to believe. And the rubes want to believe. That’s the problem.