Sometimes, I wonder what I’d do without Alex Jones. If I’m having a bad day, or I’m short on things that are completely barking mad to post, I just think “what’s Alex Jones been up to?” and there it is. This week, Jones declared that both Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama are demons. Literally.
“She is a Demon. She is an abject, psychopathic, demon from hell, that as soon as she gets into power is going to try to destroy the planet. I’m sure of that.”Link to .gifv]
He went on to explain that “people” think Clinton is possessed, that she’s going to start a nuclear war, that Obama smells like sulfur and attracts flies, and a long and rambling thing about hiding or fighting and leaving your butt out in the open to be attacked by dogs or something. I kinda lost the tenuous thread he was spinning by that point.
But the hilarious news is that Obama got word of it, and he did the next best thing to ignoring it: he laughed. Publicly. And got everyone else to laugh along with him:
“…democracy in a big, diverse country doesn’t work if you constantly demonize each other. And I mean that literally by the way, I was reading the other day, there’s a guy on the radio — who apparently Trump’s on his show frequently — he said me and Hillary are demons. Said we smell like sulfur. Ain’t that something! Now… [laughter] I mean, come on, people! Democracy does not work if you just say stuff like that. And apparently there are people who believe that stuff, and they’re listening to it constantly. And you can’t have leaders who are promoting that because what happens then is we get so divided and people are so angry at each other that nothing gets done.”Link to .gifv]
And he’s not wrong, either. This election stopped being about policy the moment the Republican Party picked its presidential candidate. Now, like Brexit, it’s becoming a referendum on the decline of white male privilege, and that’s leading all sorts of insane things being said out loud that never would have been said before. Like calling your political opponents literal demons.
Anyway, you can view the clip of the speech below, and you probably should because he’s a really good orator.
Meanwhile Alex Jones should really just stick to fish people and UFOs.
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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.