Trump says that Russia will be pushing hard for the Democrats in the mid-terms!

I had to read this a second time to see if he was making a joke, but he apparently was not. He claims Russia will be helping the Democrats because he is so tough on Russia.

You have to give him credit. He is the master of what Hitler called The Big Lie – a distortion of the truth which is so gross that it requires brass balls to make it public – and is effective because people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, so the theory goes, especially it is repeated frequently.

This does raise the question that always pops into my mind with Trump – can he be so delusional that he actually believes he has been hard on Russia, and can just ignore the obvious pro-Trump posts from the Russian bots that appear every day on social media, or is he just a pathological liar who is willing to cynically manipulate his gullible base? I still can’t figure that one out. Either way is terrifying.

SIDEBAR: While Hitler did coin the phrase “grosse Luege” in Mein Kampf in 1925, Hitler and Goebbels did not advocate the use of the big lie, contrary to popular belief. They condemned it! Hitler used the term in his book to accuse “the Jews” of this technique; Goebbels accused the British of it on many occasions during WW2.

100% of fake black people support The Republican Party

This Russian bot post is easily dismissed, and your initial instinct is to think that nobody could possible buy the claims therein – until you realize that it was re-tweeted by the wife of a Supreme Court justice! It demonstrates how eager people are to see confirmation of their beliefs.

(I believe that this is an aspect of human nature, and not a form of behavior specifically limited to the right wing. In my observations, the left is just as gullible. Case in point: the “we don’t tip terrorist” hoax.)