You cannot parody this shit.
Erie, Pa., sits in the northwest corner of the state, on the tiny stretch that abuts Lake Erie (hence the name). If you’re traveling from western New York to Ohio, which I did a lot as a kid, it functions the way Delaware does on trips between Philadelphia and Baltimore, but without the toll.
On Friday, Donald Trump held an event in Erie, which is a bit weird because he’s currently trailing in the state by a nearly “never mind about that place” margin, down 9.2 points to Hillary Clinton in the polling average. Nor does he need to win it, necessarily; no Republican has since 1988. Perhaps he was there because it’s close to Ohio, where he only trails by about 3 points — but then, why not just go to Ohio?
Anyway, he was there, and, as is not uncommon, so were some protesters. One in particular earned an unusual rebuke from Trump.
“Oh, here’s another one,” he said when the protester started yelling. “Go home to mama. Go home to mama.” Applause. “And your mother is voting for Trump! She’s voting for Trump,” he added, to louder cheers. “It’s true!”
Actually, it’s probably not true.
This is followed by a rather lengthy discussion involving statistics and charts. Finally:
So let’s summarize. Assuming the protester is a person in his or her 20s from in or around Erie, the odds are good that his or her mama is supporting Hillary Clinton, but there’s a pretty good chance she won’t vote at all.
What a gaffe.
The author of this piece (Philip “Speed” Bump) is apparently from some alternate universe where the concept of a “your mama” joke does not exist. This is the silliest shit since Wolf Blitzer fact-checked SNL.
Here’s the set-up:
1. The mainstream media knows they are smarter than Donald Trump. They see evidence of this truth all the time, although much of that evidence is confirmation bias.
2. Trump does something smart – accusing Obama and Clinton of being “founders” of ISIS. This is a clever way to get the world to debate Clinton and Obama’s ineffectiveness during a time when ISIS expanded. In other words, it is brilliant media manipulation, and it worked.
3. CNN and other Clinton supporters interpret Trump’s statement about ISIS as absurd and uninformed because they can’t imagine a scenario in which Trump does something brilliant. Trump being brilliant isn’t one of the options, as far as they know.
The reality of Trump’s clever persuasion is crystal-clear to anyone who thinks Trump is smart. Trump was clearly joking about the “founder” part to get people squawking, and it worked. Total success. Brilliant technique.
Now the media has a big problem. They can’t admit that they were extraordinarily dumb in this situation and Trump was brilliant. That reality is invisible to them because it doesn’t fit their worldview.
So…cognitive dissonance happens.
This is a textbook set-up for cognitive dissonance. The facts we observe (Trump is smart, the media is gullible) is opposite of the media’s worldview in which they are smart and Trump is uninformed. So what do they do?
They act as if Trump is the dumb one in this situation. Because that fits their worldview.
And…they…fact-check his claim.
Meanwhile, the unhypnotized laugh themselves into a stupor watching this spectacle of cognitive dissonance. Humor aside, it is a marvelous and incredible thing to behold.
My theory is these fuckers are deranged. Seriously – they are bug-fuck nuts. Lights on, nobody’s home. A few french fries short of a happy meal. They are loosing their shit. A couple sandwiches short of a picnic.
Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.