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In your "Jesus Christ these People" news today, there's word from the Daily Beast that Donald Trump's White House staff and other Republicans know he's completely full of shit when he lies about that caravan of asylum seekers in southern Mexico, but hey, that's the base-enervating narrative du jour, so they're all good with it. Never mind that the caravan is a thousand miles from the US border or weeks away from arriving, or that a previous large caravan in April had largely dispersed by the time a few hundred migrants sought legal asylum at legal border crossings -- and especially, let's please ignore that the US and Mexican actions against those migrants posed a real danger to the migrants, not the other way around. It gets the proles worked up and enthusiastic about voting, so let the lies rage on!

Of course Trump is lying. When has that ever mattered to TrumpWorld?

"It doesn't matter if it's 100 percent accurate," a senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast. "This is the play."

Trump is doing his best to revive immigrant panics of years past. Remember how in 2014, ISIS was smuggling terrorists into Texas delis, and those terrorists stood around and let people take pictures of them wearing authentic ISIS uniforms? Totally happened!


Also, Ebola was going to kill us all, and the illegal aliens were bringing in Ebola, too, which never actually happened but we had a good panic about some medical workers, didn't we? And by golly, Breitbart knew the illegal alien hordes included ISIS terrorists because some dingus found an Adidas soccer shirt near the border in Arizona and decided it was a MUSLIM PRAYER RUG.

And then the midterms happened and the Ebola "crisis" vanished, right along with all those bagel-munching ISIS terrorists in Texas, to be stored away until needed again, like this week, because hey, what if GEORGE SOROS is funding the caravan? Duh, he's not, but it's fun to say, isn't it?

"Soros is probably not masterminding these people coming to the border," conceded one GOP operative in an interview on Tuesday. "When it comes to allowing segments of the base to believe what they want to believe, it happens on both sides. Republicans are no more guilty of it than Democrats."

Both sides make shit up to energize their bases, as we all know. Republicans make up nonexistent terrorists in caravans, and Democrats make up "global warming," "voter suppression" and "sexual harassment." Why are you so hung up on "reality" anyway?

What made the caravan politically useful, the operative continued, was that it resonated with precisely the voter sect that the GOP needed to reach in the next two weeks. "It's an issue that motivates Trump's most ardent conservative base," the operative said. "If your worry was that we're not going to be able to turn our base voters out, well—what's the opposite of kryptonite?"

The Big Lie, we believe. Some VERY effective populists have been a fan of the technique.

Then when Trump began recycling the Terrorists in Your Delis lie, saying the caravan included "criminals" and "unknown Middle Easterners," Mike Pence helped lie for him, claiming that at least 10 terrorists a day try to enter the USA, which was nice of him, and a lie he's been caught telling before -- the previous number he threw around was seven, which is the number of people on the watch list prevented from flying daily. Worldwide, not at the border. And being on the watch list doesn't mean someone's an actual terrorist. So apart from being a lying liar, Pence makes a pretty good case.

Of course, by yesterday afternoon, Trump himself had decided maybe there was nothing to it. Sure, he'd tweeted all those criminal terrorist caravanners constitute a "national emergy" (YES, "EMERGY"), but later he seemed to equivocate. OR DID HE?

"They could very well be," Trump reiterated during a bill signing in the Oval Office, referring to Middle Eastern individuals embedded in the caravan. "I have very good information."

However, pressed for the proof of Middle Eastern individuals in the caravan by CNN's Jim Acosta, Trump said "there's no proof of anything."

"There's no proof of anything but they could very well be," Trump said.

Really, there's no way to fact check someone who's simply stating the possibilities. The caravan may not exist at all, because who's to say it's not all just CGI? It could be. Or maybe they're all actually disguised Chinese soldiers on their way to find the Mexico-side entrances to the tunnels under all the Wal-Marts in Texas? You just saw on the internet that's a possibility.

In any case, it's not like Trump fans care if he lies. As Yr Wonkette's own Robyn Pennacchia found on the AskTrumpSupporters subreddit, trump HAS TO lie to counteract all the lies in the media, which is simply Good Logic:

Besides, there's really nothing to worry about with all the craziness and threats and paranoia, because lies have no consequences. It's not like anyone would take this shit seriously enough to mail bombs all over the country to people Trump hates.

Hey, maybe the bombs are being mailed from inside the caravan, you ever consider THAT?

[Daily Beast / CNN / Politifact / Vanity Fair]

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