“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Well, here we are, 10 days after a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed into the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to reverse Congressional certification of the 2020 election’s official Electoral College results, and it seems as though many right-wingers still live in a bubble of delusional illusion. Not only are many members of the “Red Cap Brigade’ still saying that their protest was peaceful, and that the violence was carried out by the right’s two favorite boogeymen – Black Lives Matter and Antifa – but some are still claiming on social media that Trump won the election and that he will be inaugurated for a second term come noon on January 20.
It seems like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel that millions of Americans have been so brainwashed into thinking that last November’s Presidential election was marred by “massive election fraud” – a claim that has been rejected by over 60 federal courts because Trump supporting lawyers, including Rudy Guiliani, Jenna Ellis, Lin Wood, and Sidney Powell, filed spurious allegations of voter fraud in several states where President-elect Joe Biden won on November 3 without any evidence.
But Trump, who wanted to hang on, limpet-like, to the Presidency in part because as a sitting President he can’t be taken to court in the Southern District of New York, which has several cases involving Trump and his companies pending, kept Tweeting and crying “We won a huge victory and it is being stolen by lying, cheating Democrats who want to turn America into a Communist hellhole.”
Tragically, many of his devoted loyalists believe this malarkey, even after two months of sworn statement from election supervisors – both Republican and Democratic – in all 50 states that no major fraud took place, and the few cases of illegal votes that came to light were done by Trump supporters.
Consider this comment by a Tampa area Trump supporter:
There will be more President Trump is our President on January 20th. President Trump 2020 and beyond drain the swamp not buying what the mainstream media is selling
Another Trump supporter had this to say:
Remember cheatin Biden lost. I’ll always refuse to call him a winner. He’s a loser and WILL NEVER BE MY PRESIDENT!!!
It boggles the mind.
“In an era of stress and anxiety, when the present seems unstable and the future unlikely, the natural response is to retreat and withdraw from reality, taking recourse either in fantasies of the future or in modified visions of a half-imagined past.”― Alan Moore, Watchmen
What’s really frightening is that many men and women have become so radicalized by social media (with its algorithms that “push” stories on users’ timelines based on the data that Facebook and other sites gather with every interaction) that individuals that in previous eras were pillars of the community behave like Nazi sympathizers did in Nazi Germany before World War II.
Consider the bizarre tale of Jennifer Leigh Ryan, aka Jenna Ryan, a Dallas, TX area real estate agent who was arrested recently for her role in the recent Capitol breach.
CARROLLTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Frisco realtor Jenna Ryan, who was seen in photos and video at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, has been taken into custody, the FBI confirmed Friday afternoon.
The FBI also executed a search warrant at Ryan’s home in Carrollton as they gathered evidence. A CBS 11 News crew was at the scene, where federal agents could be seen entering the home and an authority presence in front of and behind the house.
Ryan, who took a private plane to Washington D.C. on the day of the riot, faces charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Before her criminal complaint was unsealed in D.C., Ryan told CBS 11 News that she never entered the Capitol building. She posted a picture of her posing outside of the building in front of a broken window with a caption that read, “”Window at the capital (sic). And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next.”
However, video evidence shows her inside the building as hundreds stormed their way inside.
She said in a statement to CBS 11 News: “I do not condone the violence that occurred on January 6, 2020 and I am truly heartbroken for the people who lost their lives.”
If you go to Ryan’s Twitter account at https://twitter.com/dotjenna, you’ll notice that her tone shifts greatly from being proudly defiant to playing the victim as she notices that public reaction to her antics at the Capitol are not as supportive as she thought they’d be.
We just stormed the Capital. It was one of the best days of my life.
MIKE PENCE is the biggest diaper faced loser the word has ever known. Ben Arnold. POS. No Excuse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The woman (Ashli Babbit) was murdered. She did nothing. My heart is hurting for her, but she was prepared for the risk. She died a martyr to this crazy insane communist regime. #StopTheSteaI2021
PRESIDENT TRUMP!!! WE love you and we thank you for everything you and your family have sacrificed for our country. You opened our eyes. We are awake. We LOVE you. .
WE DID!!! It was fabulous!!! I’m a PATRIOT!!! We were on the US Capitol Steps having the time of our lives. Excuse me for being a Trump fan.
How do you know? Were you there? You just got the MSM lie version. Why don’t you ask someone who was there. I was there and it was a beautiful time among patriots. WE LOST THE ELECTION. Our Country is now communist. Hooray! You win!!! Why are you attacking me now?
I’m not going to lose anything. I’m only going to gain. I don’t think you realize the level of finesse you’re dealing with. I hope you are blessed and filled with love and joy. I hope you gain everything your heart desires.
@hostesskg · Jan 8 Replying to @dotjenna @privatejettails and 2 others
Hope you lose everything
Where are my patriot helpers? All I have is a swarm of haters. What happened? My my my how the tides turn.
I regret ever doing a radio show in your studios for 4 years. When it came down to it, you didn’t get the facts and you did not support me. You simply followed the fake news. Truly an anti-American station that is failing and almost bankrupt. No wonder!
I have temporarily turned off retweeting of my tweets due to the crazy amount of hate I am receiving from the insane Left and lying media. Replying to
MSM eat rocks. Haters suck lemons. I’m disgusted by your inaction. And 75 Million are behind me.
All my haters will be THRILLED to know that my publisher cancelled my Self Help book that was due to be released in February 2021. I guess my name would not have fit at Target, Barnes & Noble and major outlets. Darn.
And, as I mentioned earlier, Ryan was arrested by the FBI yesterday; she was interviewed by Dallas-area media and is probably ensconced in her Frisco home, but she has not made any tweets since January 12.
I find it amazing that where the majority of the Twitterverse sees Jenna Ryan as a treasonous insurrectionist, she still sees herself as a “patriot.”
“How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. I mean, there are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster’; instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. But then you take a look at what the corporation does, the effect of its legal structure, the vast inequalities in pay and conditions, and you see the reality is something far different.”― Noam Chomsky