Donald Drumpf may be a fraud in nearly every respect, but there is one thing the man with tiny hands delivers on: stirring up hate.
Whether it is attracting white supremacists or whether it is attracting Ted Nugent types or whether it is attracting the kind of folks who attend events called the “Continental Congress of 2009,” Drumpf nearly always provides what such strange folks are looking for.
That last reference to a so-called Continental Congress—a real gathering of earnest conspiracists who, after “ten solid days” of, uh, deliberation, managed to produce a weird and scary document that no one, except a few gun-crazed wingnuts, ever heard of—comes from a new story at Mother Jones (“Trump Delegate Says Current US Leaders May Need to Be “Killed“) featuring a man named David Riden. Riden is a Drumpf-approved delegate to the Republican National Convention, who also happens to be a supporter of something called the “Patriot Movement,” which the story defines as “a loose-knit array of right-wing militias, nativists, and so-called ‘sovereign citizen’ groups.” Yikes.
Oh, and Riden is “a retired nuclear engineer,” which goes to show that intelligence is a destination, not a journey. Or something like that.
In any case, the retired nuclear engineer told Mother Jones the following:
…the people have the right to assemble, bear arms, go to Washington, DC, or wherever necessary, and go into military battle against the government and replace those in government with individuals that will uphold the Constitution. The Constitution should remain, but the people that are abusing it should be, the polite word is, eliminated. The harsh word is killed. And they’re killed by American citizens with weapons. And if people have tanks, assault weapons, if they have bombs—they need to have the weaponry necessary to be able to overthrow the federal government.
I don’t know about you, but if my neighbor pulls a tank up in his driveway, I’m moving to Canada. They don’t sell tanks to civilians there, do they? I hope not. Canada seems like such a nice place these days.
Anyway, Drumpf-delegate Riden says he told the Drumpf campaign that he was who he was, that is, a screwball. And they said something like, “Perfect! Come to Cleveland with your tanks and bombs!” Well, the story actually says “he explicitly disclosed” to the campaign his involvement with the Continental Congress of 2009 and that it was “among the subjects he wanted to discuss with the media during the Republican National Convention.” This would be a good time to mention that Mother Jones noted, “The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.” Why should they? There’s nothing unusual about Riden. Other than he fanatically supports the fanatical idea that it’s okay for folks like him to kill government officials he doesn’t think are good constitutionalists. That’s not that odd, is it?
On top of everything else, Riden is not hesitant to defend his birtherism (come on, you just knew he was a birther), like Drumpf has been lately. The former nuclear engineer told MoJo:
I am 100 percent convinced that [Obama] was not born in Hawaii.
That is the kind of precision one would expect from an engineer. It’s only a guess, but I think Mr. Riden got his degree in nuclear engineering from Drumpf University. And whatever he paid for it, it was worth every penny.