The Democrats are assured of a majority in the House of Representatives, having flipped at least 30 seats as of Thursday night–a number that may grow with counting still underway. Predictably, a lot of heads exploded on the right. And equally predictably, some of the reactions veered into sheer insanity.
For instance, right-wing minister Dave Daubenmire claimed that any talk of a Democratic victory in the House was fake news. No, this isn’t snark. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Daubenmire thought that the polls showing Democrats having the upper hand may have looked “pretty accurate”–but it was evidence that they had been rigged on a “precinct-by-precinct” basis. Well, that’s interesting. We all thought that if there had been any funny business, it would be because the Russians would have had a thumb on the scale in the Russians’ favor. And how do you explain the GOP’s favorite network, Fox News, being the first to project a Democratic majority?
Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised that at least one covfefe drinker thought the fix was in for the Democrats. After all, Trump diehards spent most of the year insisting to everyone who would listen that there wasn’t going to be a blue wave–but a red wave.
Among the loudest promoters of this insanity was Bill Mitchell, the impresario of the rabidly pro-Trump podcast network YourVoice America. A look at his Twitter feed suggests that this purveyor of alternative facts was living in an alternative universe.
How confident was Mitchell that there was going to be a red tsunami? Very, very confident, actually.
So when Mitchell woke up on Wednesday morning to discover that the Democrats had already taken more than enough seats to retake the majority, Mitchell found himself scrambling for an explanation. By the time he signed on for that afternoon’s edition of his show on YourVoice America, he had an answer–anyone who voted for a Democrat was not in his or her right mind.
It’s no secret that a significant element of the GOP believes that when Democrats win the White House or control of even one congressional chamber, that victory is not legitimate. But even allowing for that, Mitchell’s explanation for the Democratic takeover of the House was novel, to say the least. Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Mitchell told guest Chris McDonald that he’d already gotten a lot of grief for predicting that the Republicans would hold both chambers. But he had a ready explanation.
The reason why I made that guarantee was that I was using a recipe that actually included rationality as one of the ingredients, not insanity as one of the ingredients.
Like nearly every Trump diehard, Mitchell insists that we’re winning with Trump. For that reason, he said, “it boggles the mind” that anyone would want a Democratic House. He claimed that when he predicted a red wave, he was “working under the assumption that people were at least rational.” As he saw it, a rational person would see that the Democrats were running “a campaign about nothing.”
No, Bill. The Democrats did campaign on a lot of things. Specifically, greater oversight of the White House, economic fairness, and above all defending Obamacare’s increased health care coverage. According to The New York Times, it was the Republicans who couldn’t seem to find a coherent message. They were hampered by Trump’s “mercurial approach to policy”–for example, deriding a Republican health care bill as “mean” after pushing for an Obamacare repeal, and demanding that bills be yanked from the floor after Fox News seemingly panned them.
The American people had also had more of their fill of Trump’s divisive approach to governing, as well as his disregard for basic standards of decency. Exit polls showed that two-thirds of voters saw this election was about Trump–and a large plurality, 40 percent, said they were voting in opposition to Trump.
So if you believe Mitchell, expecting a president to be a uniter rather than a divider is a sign of insanity. But then again, that’s to be expected from a guy who claimed Trump was right to call Stormy Daniels “horseface” because she’s a “vile creature,” not a woman.
Mitchell and other Trump diehards think we’ve gone too far in calling them “deplorables.” Well, if Mitchell believes that opposing Trump is a sign that you’re insane, then he just proved we have every right to call him deplorable.
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