Pizzagate is a lie. But what it says about our society is real
In any other year, a story like “Pizzagate
” would get you laughed out of the room.
The conspiracy theory claiming that Hillary Clinton was part of an underground child-sex trafficking ring run out of a pizza shop, is bizarre and disturbing from start to finish.
But in 2016 – a year where nothing seems to make sense anymore – a story like that can be cited as a motive for a crime.
On Sunday, a gunman carrying an assault rifle entered a pizza shop in Washington DC, Comet Ping Pong. He reportedly
wanted to “self-investigate” the spurious Clinton report...
... The people spreading this fake story – and countless other ones which circulated this year, out-performing real articles on Facebook – don’t actually
believe in Pizzagate. They do not really believe that there is a child trafficking ring being run underneath a pizza shop in Washington DC in which Hillary Clinton
They don’t really believe in Pizzagate just like they do not believe that Hillary Clinton had an FBI agent killed for supposedly leaking her emails,
or that three million people “illegally voted
” for Clinton in this election.
You know what they do believe?
That Hillary Clinton – and liberals more generally –are their enemy.
And because they have labeled them their enemy, they believe they are at war with them. And in this war they are looking for weapons.
The internet, which has found a way to monetize their hate
, has been happy to provide them with these weapons...
... When you look at scandals like Pizzagate, you should be sad and afraid, but not about how “gullible” the American public is. You should be terrified of how low some of us are willing to stoop – the lies some of us are willing to spread and the lives some of us are willing to risk and ruin – in order to destroy our political foes.
When we are right, all we need is the truth to justify our actions.
If the truth doesn’t suffice, that’s a good indicator that we are wrong.
We should all be investigating that second of satisfaction and justification we feel when we see a headline claiming horrific wrongdoing by those we oppose, because therein lies our undoing.
Pizzagate is a lie, but what it says about our society is real...