Joseph Caputo, the recently appointed HHS spokesman:
March 8: “Coronavirus is the Democrats’ new Russia, their new Ukraine. And nobody will believe them except their zombies. But know this: The Dems’ strategy to defeat @realDonaldTrump requires 100s of thousands of American deaths. Will one of their nutjobs make it happen, a la Hodgkinson?”
March 11: “There must be a national pandemic tragedy for the Democrats to win. They’re counting on it.”
March 14: “100s of thousands must die and the US economy must collapse for the Democrat 2020 victory strategy to succeed. They’re getting so excited for the carnage. Sick people.”
March 14, doubling down: “This Democrat strategy, echoed by their conjugal media, will fail. Hoping your country fails and hundreds of thousands die so you can gain power is a sick and twisted strategy. American will punish them.”
March 15: “Are you kidding Soro’s political agenda REQUIRES a pandemic.”
March 16: In response to the Stock Market losing all its gains since Trump took office, “The Democrat celebration of the death and destruction will be held soon.”
March 17: “The Chinese Communist Party has always been adept at lying to cover their murders. What’s remarkable here is the UD Democrats and their conjugal media repeating CCP propaganda because they hate Trump more than they love America. The Wuhan virus has exposed them.”
March 17: Caputo tweets a conspiracy that implies economist David Rothschild is a member of the European Rothschild family calling him, “. . . an inbred elitist sphincter whose family craves control. That’s one reason why he constantly lies about President Trump.” Rothchild told CNN he is not related to the banking family, which is frequently the target of anti-Semitic conspiracies. (Andrew Kaczynski, Nathan McDermott and Em Steck: CNN)
March 18: “Nobody should let Democrats and their conjugal media popularize Chinese Communist Party talking points. Democrats + Media=CCP.”
March 22: “Power. It’s the Democrats’ oxygen and they’ll destroy Americans for it.”
March 22: “I’m serious. The Dem strategy for 2020 victory requires that @realDonaldTrump fail in his fight against the Chinese virus. Failure is measured in deaths and economic collapse. The only questions to ask a Dem are how many Americans must die, how many families must be destroyed?”
March 22: (He can’t help himself.) “They are literally cheering on the deaths of Americans and the destruction of our economy. They would rather see people die than see Trump successfully navigate this disaster.”
March 23: “The Democrats have one motivation for holding Americans hostage in a global crisis, HATE.” (Methinks, he protests too much.)
March 31: “The Left hate normal Americans and they want us dead and replaced, act as if they mean it, because they do.”
Two weeks later he became HHS spokesman.
These are quotes Mr. Caputo unleashed over a recent three-week span, and they are not all he said, just a sampling. But you gotta wonder: what’s he saying behind closed doors?
I’m a Democrat, and I don’t remember praying for a mass holocaust in order for Democrats to win in November. And I don’t remember any of my Democratic friends voicing a desire for national carnage as a strategy to get their candidates elected. And to be fair, if the shoe was reversed, none of my Republican friends would pray for body bags as a campaign blueprint. I know this because I know their heart; I know their goodness. Although we disagree politically, their overall humanity is what shines through.
So why are we so divided? On a fundamental level, we agree on basic truths: family, fairness, and justice. We all desire for our children to have a better life than we had. We connect on a human level.
So why are we so divided? We are all assaulted daily with a cesspool of disinformation, and depending on the recipient, some of it will stick. We ingest this bile without examining the source or the motivation behind the message. Disinformation and hate propaganda have been with us forever. Now it is more sophisticated, laser-focused, based on mathematical logarithms designed to ignite maximum efficiency. It targets, manipulates, and ignites dormant prejudices. In the past, we would drop propaganda leaflets from planes over North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today we use the internet, but it has always been a battle for the hearts and minds, not much different than it is today.
Today, there is a meme going around that portrays Bill Gates, George Soros, and Dr. Fauci as part of an evil conspiracy poised to take over the world through mind control and various other nefarious mechanisms, tinged with the usual anti-Semitism. The Gates Foundation Mission statement:
“THE PATH OUT OF POVERTY BEGINS WHEN THE NEXT GENERATION CAN ACCESS QUALITY HEALTHCARE AND A GREAT EDUCATION.”
In developing countries, we focus on improving people’s health and well-being, helping individuals lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, we seek to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—can access the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.”
It’s hard to argue with that mission. And it’s not just PR, the Gates Foundation has a proven track level of results. Compare the Gates Foundation results to the Donald Trump Foundation results. And George Soros: he has dedicated his life to helping refugees, the forgotten, the disenfranchised. And Dr. Fauci, he had the gall to introduce science to the administration’s response to the pandemic.
Disinformation divides us, it serves up scapegoats for whatever ails us. Scapegoats act as smokescreens to prevent us from seeing the real source of our anxiety, our poverty, our disenfranchisement.
Disinformation tells us that we are not responsible for our condition, perhaps the most vile consequence of the propaganda.
“And importantly, thus it has been possible to make poor and working-class white people believe that their interests lie in making common cause with their political leaders and economic betters. Common cause in whiteness: the idea that they might eventually share in the spoils, and the understanding that the discomforts and anxieties of their own precarious lives were due to –are due to –those below them rather that those above them. “ The Broken Heart of America by Walter Johnson p.7.
Let’s be kind to one another.
Perhaps this pandemic can serve as a reboot for our culture, the first step in restoring grace. Kindness is the superpower that can do this.