Anyone who has been to the subreddit r/The_Donald knows what to expect.
Islamophobia, bigotry, racism and unabashed adulation for their Dear Leader are all common themes.
There is also plenty about “Sharia blue” (an evil Democratic Party organisation) and the “Deep State” (a supposed shadowy cabal that tries to run the U.S.).
When U.S. President Donald Trump does something stupid, r/The_Donald says he is playing “4D chess”, and that the stupid move was merely a calculated gambit to expose his enemies.
The truth is Trump can’t even play checkers.
So it should come as absolutely no surprise to see how quickly r/The_Donald changed its tune when it learned that Stephen Paddock, the madman behind the tragedy in Las Vegas, was a white “lone wolf” with no political motivation.
Prior to learning Paddock was a white guy who wasn’t into politics r/The_Donald used the attack to push some of its greatest hits: forced deportation, the Muslim ban and blaming refugees for everything.
r/the_donald before & after learning the shooter was an old white man pic.twitter.com/fNU9YjCTQ9
— Manav (@manav_94) October 3, 2017
But immediately after discovering Paddock’s identity the talk switches to the idea of a “false flag” – a covert operation secretly orchestrated by the Deep State.
“Don’t you find it odd the shooter had no motivation?” wrote one Redditor. “Have you seen the born [sic] identity super solider [sic] concept? They basically program shooters to act when given a command.”
“This feels fishy,” another wrote. “A 60-year-old retiree manages to get a fully automatic weapon and several hundred rounds of ammo and decides to go on a rampage and [sic] a country music concert?”
So according to r/The_Donald, Paddock was a mind-controlled super soldier embedded by the Deep State. OK kids, that’s enough TV for one night. Bedtime.
There is also mention of Alex Jones, who is the idiot that said the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged as an attack on the Second Amendment.
Jones suggested the Las Vegas attack was planned to coincide with the release of O.J. Simpson from prison.
Of course! It all makes sense now!
“They released O.J. just 20 hours before the attack took place so all the media would come and be in place to cover this event,” Jones said on his radio show. “The whole thing has the hallmarks of being scripted by deep state Democrats and their Islamic allies using mental patient cut-outs.”
Uh-huh. Yep. Welcome to American politics in 2017.