At Saturday’s Trump rally, a protester rushed the stage before security pulled him away. Afterward, the bellicose candidate was quick to vilify his assailant. Trump Tweeted, “He has ties to ISIS. Should be in jail!”
USSS did an excellent job stopping the maniac running to the stage. He has ties to ISIS. Should be in jail! https://t.co/tkzbHg7wyD?ssr=true— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016
He linked a video that supposedly proved his accusation true. The short clip shows a bearded man dragging an American flag on the ground, with Middle Eastern sounding music in the background. The video, however, is obviously a fake. Anyone with even a shred of critical judgment would see through it at once. Trump, unsurprisingly, lacks that capacity.
When Chuck Todd, of NBC’s Meet the Press, pointed out his mistake, Trump defended his ignorance with an asinine reply: “What do I know about it? All I know is what’s on the Internet.”
“I want to let that sink in for a second. The likely Republican nominee for says all he knows is what’s on the internet. Trump is America’s gullible uncle, just forwarding anything he sees online.”
He continued, “Obviously, his first state dinner will be honoring that imprisoned Nigerian prince.”
This amusing Tonight Show segment highlights a terrifying reality: A hateful person proud of his ignorance has a real shot at the White House. Even if Trump is defeated in November, his success so far reveals a horrible truth about American culture: People will believe anything, as long as it fuels their anger and supports their prejudices. Willful ignorance has produced the current political climate. To heal it, we all need to get our facts right.