The Florida Republican Party promotes a conspiracy theory spread by InfoWars:
— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) September 8, 2016
Yes, some Democratic partisans – most notably at Salon, the website where the stuff too kooky for university student newspapers ends up – believed that George W. Bush was wearing an earpiece during the 2004 Presidential debates. But to the best of my knowledge, the Democratic Party never signed off on such nonsense.
By legitimizing InfoWars, the Florida GOP has legitimized a “news” organization which accuses a GOP President of complicity in the most devastating terror attacks in American history. That probably doesn’t matter to the neo-Nazis and other fringe characters who’ve jumped on the Trump Train – in fact, it’s probably a selling point – but it does illustrate the degree to which the old Republican establishment have debased themselves.
With a few honourable exceptions like Ben Sasse and Mitt Romney, most Republicans have gone all-in on their barely coherent, conspiracy-addled, deadbeat nominee for President. Even Ted Cruz, after taking that “heroic” stand against him in Cleveland, had to kiss the ring. Trump may not be a “conservative” in the traditional sense, but you can’t say he’s not a “real” Republican. He has redefined Republicanism to mean whatever he says it means – and whatever Alex Jones and the rest of the kook brigade report.
If you had told me in 1994 – or 2004, or even 2014 – I’d someday support Hillary Clinton for President, I would have laughed in your face. But here we are.