After they declare to be pro-military, Trump, Carlson, Fox Information, and the remainder don’t imply the precise army. They definitely don’t imply the hundreds of officers and enlisted who’ve served with Milley world wide. Or the hundreds of sailors who served underneath Navy Captain Brett Crozier earlier than he was removed for actually trying to protect his crew.
Republicans don’t help that army, They help the Actual Navy™. The animated G.I. Joe army. The John Wayne army. The fictional army that exists solely to supply drama and shade for a world full of fellows who really feel their time at pretend army prep faculties is greater than satisfactory to coach them nicely above those that needed to face enemy fireplace within the field. The army that’s made up solely of scrappy white youngsters who love their nation a lot that they might fortunately pitch in to overthrow democracy each time the Actual President™ asks.
Even Republicans who have been in the true army really feel obliged to play up the Actual Navy™. Simply ask former Marine J.D. Vance, who wrote a whole book about how his fellow recruits have been “Black, white, and Hispanic” and what number of of his fellow Marines have been “staunch liberals.” That was then. Now Vance is on the market footslogging away with claims about how Southern, rural, white conservatives are carrying all of the burdens of the nation. For the sake of a little untrademarked reality, California is the most important supply of army recruits; Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Individuals all serve at the next degree, than their share within the inhabitants; although the higher ranks are “disproportionally white”; it’s true that the state with the best share of army recruits is a pink state; however it’s additionally true that the state with the bottom share of army recruits is a pink state.
Republican claims to be pro-military are all a part of their broader declare to be the celebration of patriots. It’s what The Washington Post described because the “shadow actuality world” during which the Republican Occasion is preventing in opposition to a sequence of imagined threats to guard Actual America™.
It’s the fact that’s offered in low-budget movies by Dinesh D’Souza, Mike Lindell, and Overstock.com Chief Govt Patrick Byrne. All of them are promoting an expanded model of the QAnon mythology, during which Donald Trump is a Christ-like determine on the middle of a battle in opposition to the semi-infinite forces of darkness. It’s the fact during which OAN can counsel that tens of hundreds of Individuals unfold throughout a half dozen states, a lot of them Republican officers, have been united in a secret conspiracy to throw the election—and observe up by suggesting that these tens of hundreds of Individuals have to be executed.
It’s a world during which “conspiracy theories that develop extra dizzyingly complicated by the day” and the place Donald Trump shall be again in March, make that August, make that September, and keep in mind … the Storm is coming!
For white supremacists, it’s a pleasing fantasy world during which their each failing is the fault of radical Marxists, AOC’s vogue decisions, and important race idea. Final redemption is at all times proper across the nook, proper across the nook, proper across the … anyway, it’s by no means greater than a Friedman Unit earlier than Hillary will lastly go to jail. It’s a world the place probably the most abhorrent ideas about torture and homicide are welcome, and the place probably the most outlandish theories get reward. One the place experience and expertise are to be disdained.
“They’ve their very own model of YouTube, their very own message teams. They’ve their very own entire set of publications … You need to marvel what p.c of America is even conscious of this shadow actuality world,” stated elections knowledgeable Harri Hursti. Sadly, the reply is almost 100%. As a result of whereas Republicans could also be dwelling in Actual America™, their actions are impacting actual Individuals.
Now, let’s all go watch a film a few sniper who shoots down brown-skinned terrorists from miles away and by no means misses whereas coming residence to his hawt blond spouse and driving a pickup on weekends. The army. We love these guys.