Sunday, August 14, 2022
Last week, court documents supporting the FBI search of the former president's home in Palm Beach, Fla. revealed he is under investigation for illegal removal, possession, and possible destruction of Secret, Top Secret, and above-Top-Secret government documents related to national security. MAGAstan exploded in fury, denial, and a flurry of bullshit in his defense. As I watched the video clip below of Trumpists protesting at Mar-a-Lago in support of golden-spooned Donald J. Trump, the usual bemusement gave way to profound sadness. Like Confederate soldiers before them, elite and non-elite conservatives have given over their lives to another Lost Cause. They are lost in a miasma of propaganda, misinformation, myths, and near-worship of a corrupt, emotionally damaged man for whom truth is a stranger and lies his only friends.
Ricky Shiffer was like a lot of MAGA "patriots," often proclaiming his willingness to die for Donald Trump. Like seemingly all Trump fans, he was outraged that the FBI served a search warrant on the ex-president's Florida estate, eager to declare "civil war" on "the Deep State." Shiffer was such a True Believer that on Thursday, he tried to attack the FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio, and ended up dying next to a cornfield a few miles away.
Shiffer believed he was dying a martyr to the cause. But his only reward was for the community of terminally online Trumpists with whom he spent his time to immediately denounce him as a "crisis actor" who had performed a "false flag" operation with the sole purpose of smearing MAGA people by association.
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