The rabid anti-Trumpers (who also happen to so often be anti-American. Funny how the two go together) are tenaciously clinging to the Russian narrative because, as columnist Caitlin Johnstone puts it, they have to believe it in order to keep their place in their sad conspiratorial universe secure.
It’s all they have.
So if you’re having trouble keeping up, you are meant to believe wholeheartedly that Donald Trump is simultaneously:
a closet white nationalist, and
a treasonous Kremlin agent.
…Whenever I talk about the many, many ways in which the official Russian hacking narrative has been debunked into oblivion, I always get some comments from establishment loyalists scrambling in to babble about Facebook propaganda and Twitter bots and financial ties with Russian mobsters, trying to argue that the hacking stuff is irrelevant, but that’s not how this works. All this Russia hysteria was sparked by the allegation that Russia hacked Democratic party emails and gave them to WikiLeaks in order to influence the 2016 election in Trump’s favor, and the allegation that Trump collaborated with them when they did so. Everything else hinges on this being true. You don’t get to move the goalposts to some other gibberish when the entire basis for your Trump-Russia accusations has been ripped to shreds.
…In a corporatist government like the United States, most people’s worldview is largely informed by the corporate propaganda they consume on a daily basis. In the leadup to the 2016 election, liberal Democrats were pummelled with propaganda from the corporatist power establishment whose media they tend to consume. They were told over and over and over again every single day in all sorts of ways both subtle and overt that if Trump was elected America would either be transformed into a smouldering nuclear crater or a goose-stepping neo-Nazi dystopia in a few months, and since Trump already belonged to a conflicting ideology this perspective was implemented into their worldviews.
…At this point after all the gaping plot holes that have been exposed in the establishment Russia narrative, this is the only reason people still believe in it. Their worldviews have been pummeled into submission by the corporate propaganda machine into a shape they don’t know how to undo, and they’re stuck feeling like they’re being physically attacked by anything contradicting that worldview. The only alternative to being stuck in that helpless state would be to turn and face the psychological discomfort of dismantling the worldview they’ve been psychologically abused into espousing, and march all the way through a rigorous inquiry with uncompromising intellectual honesty.
Hey, miracles happen.
Read full column HERE