Donald Trump gets the worst people. The worst

Presumably  you’ve heard about a deranged NC man attacking a DC pizza restaurant because of a fake news story about Hillary Clinton and a satanic, pedophile ring being run out of the back.  Seriously.  Sure, there’s lots of idiots and crazy people out there.  Alas, you really don’t want then running the National Security Agency, i.e., Michael Flynn.  Drum:

So far this has no connection to Donald Trump, and perhaps you’re thinking that’s another silver lining, aside from the fact that no one was hurt in the attack. But I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with only one silver lining today. You see, Gen. Michael Flynn, who will soon be Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, tweeted this a few days before the election:

And that’s not all. Here is Michael Flynn Jr., who is not just Flynn’s son. He is also Flynn’s chief of staff and closest aide. Here he is yesterday, after the shooting:

Until proven to be false, it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget and the many “coincidences” tied to it. 

There’s much more in Flynn Jr’s Twitter feed following this, all pointing in the same direction: he is a complete crackpot. And he is one of the closest confidantes of his father, who is also a crackpot. And Flynn Sr. is the top national security aide to Donald Trump, who is well known to have a weakness for conspiracy theories already.

Obviously Democrats have no influence over Donald Trump’s White House. But presumably Republicans do. They need to figure out a way to get Flynn booted from the NSA position and as far away from Trump as possible. This isn’t an amusing joke, and it’s not just politics anymore. It’s a serious national security weakness. [emphasis mine]

Ugh.  Of course, if you go over to Flynn Jr’s tweet, there’s a lot of people having fun with his utter idiocy.  Of course, anybody that stupid shouldn’t be within 1000 miles of our national security, much less a key adviser in our national security apparatus.  And here’s an article on an exchange between Flynn Jr and Jake Tapper:

Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., vehemently defended the story, which baselessly alleged that a pedophilia ring involving high-level Democratic Party officials — including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta — is operating out of a Washington pizzeria called Comet Ping Pong.

Flynn is President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser.

The conspiracy led a 28-year-old man to bring an assault rifle to the restaurant on Sunday, police said. They said the gunman was looking to investigate the story himself.

“Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story,” Flynn Jr. posted to Twitter. “The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it.”

That’s when Tapper apparently began to direct message Flynn Jr. on the app, asking for one piece of evidence proving that the pizza shop was “the site of a satanic pedophilia cult.” Those direct messages were posted by another user.

“Michael — the police called pizza gate a fictitious conspiracy theory tonight,” Tapper wrote. “Does someone have to die before you take this s— seriously. Spreading this nonsense is dangerous.”

“I want it to be false,” Flynn Jr. responded.

“It is not the site of a satanic pedophilia cult,” Tapper shot back. “It is a f—— pizzeria. Show me what you’re talking about that proves a satanic pedophilia cult. Your tweet is wildly irresponsible. Listen to me. You are going to get someone killed. Maybe an innocent child. For what??????”

Flynn Jr. later posted another screenshot of a DM thread with Tapper with the caption, “Want evidence??? I must’ve really hit a nerve.”

Flynn Jr. has a government transition email, as CNN reported. Flynn also shared a similar conspiracy theory on Twitter days before the November election that claimed Clinton was involved in sex crimes with children.

Just wow.  In this isn’t just some Know-Nothing looking to head up HUD.  This is national security.  Ugh.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

3 Responses to Donald Trump gets the worst people. The worst

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    Is any Republican calling Flynn out on this spectacularly outrageous and disgusting accusation? Where are the Republican foreign policy people?
    Henry Kissinger, speak out! Your international reputation is at stake. You too Presidents Herbert Walker Bush and George W, Bush? Condi? Colin? Any of you???
    Dershowitz – isn’t this libel?

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