Hillary Clinton barely scratched the surface of this subject with a thumbnail when she spoke about the “deplorables” that followed her then-opponent, Donald Trump, in 2016. That was only the beginning. Her comment incensed many but in truth, it was the barest brush stroke to describe only the top layer of the situation.

The MAGA doctrine seeped all the way down through the societal cracks, from the autocratic well heeled GOP mega donors at the top, down to the most disturbed in our society. The man who broke into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco townhouse in the wee hours of Friday morning and attacked her 82-year-old husband, Paul, with a hammer, is one of these sad sacks who found direction and purpose in the MAGA doctrine, which was cobbled together as a fundraising tool, and on the fly, no less, by Donald Trump.

Mr. Pelosi’s assailant’s name is David DePape and he is quite a character. He’s straight out of the You Can’t Make This Stuff file. CNN:

Linda Schneider said she got to know DePape roughly eight years ago and that he occasionally housesat for her. When they met, she said, DePape was living in a storage unit in the Berkeley area and told her he had been struggling with hard drugs but was “trying to create a new life for himself.”

Schneider later received “really disturbing” emails from DePape in which he sounded like a “megalomaniac and so out of touch with reality,” she said. She said she stopped communicating with him “because it seemed so dangerous,” adding that she recalled him “using Biblical justification to do harm.”

Laura Hayes, who also lives in California, said she worked with DePape for a few months roughly a decade ago making hemp bracelets when he was living in a storage shed in the Berkeley area. She said DePape sold the bracelets as a business.

“He was very odd. He didn’t make eye contact very well,” Hayes said. She recalled him saying that “he talks to angels and there will be a hard time coming.” But she didn’t remember any seriously threatening comments, and said she didn’t think much of it because “it’s Berkeley,” a place where eccentric characters aren’t uncommon.

Hayes, who was Facebook friends with DePape, called his more recent posts “so phobic in so many ways” and filled with “so much anger.”

And who inspired his posts? One of his chief role models is none other than Mr. Big Lie the My Pillow Guy, Mike Lindell.

Last year, David DePape posted links on his Facebook page to multiple videos produced by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell falsely alleging that the 2020 election was stolen. Other posts included transphobic images and linked to websites claiming Covid vaccines were deadly. “The death rates being promoted are what ever ‘THEY’ want to be promoted as the death rate,” one post read.

DePape also posted links to YouTube videos with titles like “Democrat FARCE Commission to Investigate January 6th Capitol Riot COLLAPSES in Congress!!!” and “Global Elites Plan To Take Control Of YOUR Money! (Revealed)” […]

He also posted content about the “Great Reset”– the sprawling conspiracy theory that global elites are using coronavirus to usher in a new world order in which they gain more power and oppress the masses. And he complained that politicians making promises to try to win votes “are offering you bribes in exchange for your further enslavement.”

Crackpots and conspiracy theorists reign in this day and age. Their Crown Prince, Alex Jones, recently got toppled from his throne of many years of proselytizing the untrue and the grotesque. Lindell keeps on keeping on with his corrosive conspiracy theory, that the 2020 election was stolen, despite the complete absence of any facts supporting that premise. He’s undermining the very fabric of our system of free and fair elections and he’s just fine with all that. If it sells pillow and gives him access to a podium at a QAnon/MAGA convention on any given day, he’s perfectly happy.

We have seen the rise of the dregs in our lifetime. Hillary probably knew that they were the dregs but chose to modify her descriptor to deplorables. What is palpably sad about all this is that the dregs don’t know how they’re being manipulated by the right-wing monied class, who wants their fealty, their votes and most of all their money, because they can use all three to create an autocratic state. The monied class, via right-wing media, keeps the dregs all fired up and enraged and sending in small donations.

This is what America is voting for if they vote Republican in this day and age, is crazed conspiracy theorists. Mitch McConnell made a few small squeaks initially about people with “loony” ideas, namely Marjorie Taylor Greene, but he’s been basically ignored. The mainstream GOP is just fine with the direction that all this is going. And that is what is scary.

The culture war in this country is real. Primarily, it is a war of truth v. lies. And the tragic part is that professional lying pays very well indeed. That’s why you’re not going to see it go away. And you can expect more members of the lunatic fringe to be triggered by the lies as time goes on, because that’s how this thing goes.

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  1. I heard about it in the News this morning; I hope he and Nancy are OK; Trump keeps mouthing off about the Dems, especially Nancy Pelosi, and it’s a wonder this hasn’t happened before now. Trump is a menace, and the sooner he finds a cell to occupy, the better we’ll all better….

    • Trump in a cell? We’ll probably never see it? Last election his deplorables merely wanted to drain a swamp, this election they want Devine retribution! What will they want in 2024. Impeach Joe Biden if he can’t walk on water?

  2. Call the justice department to encourage garland TO ARREST THE HEAD OF THE DEATH CULT. Everyday these fuckers are allowed to go unprosecuted is another day to recruit these type of violent characters. No excuses or bullshit about how the law works. We all know it’s a hypocrisy that there’s equal justice. Time to walk the fucking walk.

    • Do you understand the way the process works? They need evidence, then they need an indictment from a grand jury, or an actual crime, before they can arrest someone.
      (When you rant like this, it makes YOU look bad.)

        • Well, you must be living in a tyrannical society where all someone needs to be arrested is an allegation because “evidence’ IS important in a JUST SOCIETY.

          You know, like Trump’s persistent call to “lock [Hillary Clinton] up” despite his actually describing a specific crime for which she should be locked up.

          There were many trials in the 1970s and 1980s in which the leaders of white supremacist movements were accused of “masterminding” the murders of various African-Americans and Jews but they managed to hide behind the First Amendment and the old “it’s not our fault that our followers take us literally” ploy. And while the followers wound up in jail for the murders (and attempted murders) they committed, not one of the leaders spent even a moment in jail for their role.

          Even when abortion providers were being targeted by forced-birther groups and these groups’ mailings and websites actually showed home addresses, courts ruled that the groups couldn’t be held accountable for the killings that happened because there wasn’t enough DIRECT EVIDENCE LINKING the groups with the actual killers.

          • And that is very scary – trump’s little devout followers landing in jail for what they did, and trump himself lording it over the whole business & basically sneering at the rest of the world. It makes me so angry because we have all watched him ‘leading’ his flock for years now & we all know why those stupid loons are doing what they do, yet HE can deny any responsibility – he knows what he is doing. He has the ‘smarts’ of an alley cat !

        • Once the GOP forms the Government the talk of impeaching ANYBODY, I mean ANYBODY AT ALL!!! True the GOP will spend millions of tax payers dough to prosecute literally anyone. How many millions did they spend on Hillary C proving that she was guilty of……Nothing, Nada, Zip? How many million did they spend on America’s Mayor (Julliani, Putz) looking for dirt on Hunter Biden in the Ukraine? Chasing hell west and crooked for over 6 years to prove there is not a picture of Anthony Weiner’s wiener on Hunter’s computer. Way to go Rep base way to set the bar good and LOW!!!!

  3. Hillary Clinton was far too kind using Deplorable as a descriptor. A more accurate one would be: Quadruple (or Quad) D’s – Dumbass Deplorable Destructors of Democracy.

      • Too bad we (or rather the media) can’t call them what they truly are – assholes! Or fuckwads. Turds. “Deplorable” is just too fucking polite a term for them.

  4. This f***ing guy…THIS is who too many people back in TN thought I was. Don’t be shocked when, one day soon, one of these domestic terrorists goes after a Republican official for being less than pure. And by then, it’ll be too late to easily put the fire they started.

  5. A right wing Maga extremist who displays BLM and gay pride flags. Right.

    It’s really disgusting how quick these people go to blame people for political violence, but made jokes when Rand Paul was assaulted by his neighbor, and make no similar correlations when a guy screaming about health care shoots up a congressional baseball game.

    And let’s not forgot the open support for actual insurrections that declared areas of the country in rebellion for months.


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