Message to the Hard Right: don’t be like Rudy…

I wouldn’t presume to be the most, or even the most average, socially intelligent person. There are many streams in the interpersonal realm that go over my head. It stems from one thing: my disdain for people and ensuing lack of motivation to be interested in their affairs.  I don’t want to “get to know them better.”  People are not that interesting and I don’t find them worth squandering my mental energies. The daily human micro-behavior scheme and nuances of their interactions is not worth my time; because of this, much of their subtext evades my radar.  However, I do believe I possess enough perception to gather how my behavior appears to others from the limited context of their comprehension of Me. I can put myself in other’s minds pretty well, and it doesn’t hurt that I am a very paranoid person which does wonders for expecting the worst outcome which is confirmed when it happens. That’s a bias, I admit.

Despite my tone deafness to subtle social cues, I have enough self-awareness to understand how my body language and words are perceived by others.

Compared to the Hard Right? Hell yeah..

In an interview, Tucker Carlson admitted: “I lie.”

The Fox News host was speaking to Dave Rubin. The YouTube host and conservative author asked about how Carlson felt about CNN hosts Brian Stelter, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, who Rubin called “clown people”.

Carlson said: “I guess I would ask myself, like, I mean I lie if I’m really cornered or something. I lie. I really try not to. I try never to lie on TV. I just don’t – I don’t like lying. I certainly do it, you know, out of weakness or whatever.

“But to systematically lie like that without asking yourself why am I doing this? So if these people ask themselves, ‘Why am I doing this?’ And they say, ‘Well, I want to protect the system because I really believe in the system.’”

Carlson, who once worked for CNN, accused the CNN anchors of “lying to defend Jeff Bezos … treating Bill Gates like some sort of moral leader” and putting “your boot on the neck of the weakest people”.

In a slightly deranged, autist way, I get what he’s saying, but Tucker seems oblivious to “the room.”  Human Relations 101 instructs us that you do not overtly admit to “lying” in the social arena of today’s vicious political dueling. Especially if you’re Tucker Carlson. Even if you believe you can “justify” it in your own mind, don’t expect anyone who despises you to entertain the nuance of your logic to give you the benefit of the doubt.  Adversaries will twist your sincerity and stick it right up your symbolic anus.

What was Tucker thinking?

I see nothing wrong with trollish triggering of the Left.  In fact, I respect the act when wielded with panache, ie, President Trump.  Triggering should come from a position of strength and Machiavellian authority, not from submission to weak self-revelation. Your lying should be kept private.   Obviously lying is not uncommon but who admits it in the fiercely competitive environment of political sparring?

And what’s with the Hard Right’s frenzied embrace of every dubious apocryphal vaccine horror story?  It confounds me. I advocate a smart “vaccine skepticism”   Doubt and education are a must in arguing appropriateness of vaccinations.  They must be questioned.  The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is peppered with many elements deserving our wariness, but let’s not jump aboard every shady anecdote about the vaccines’ negative outcomes. They may be true; we don’t know with certainty, just as we do not know with certainty that they are safe. But don’t parrot the idiocy as your argument.

On Monday night, Carlson also read out a tweet by Nicki Minaj.

The rapper has said she is not vaccinated but intends to research the shot, and has said people should get it.

However, Minaj also claimed on Monday that a “cousin in Trinidad” would not get the shot because his friend did and “became impotent. His testicles became swollen” and his fiancee left him.

Carlson read the tweet on air, and said: “Seems sensible.”

When you go there publicly, you risk clownhood. Hasn’t the Hard Right put two and two together by now? They keep succumbing to the humiliation bait and the worst thing is, they can’t even be dignified about it.

I want to scream in their faces, “Don’t be like Rudy!”

Not only will you discredit yourself, you’ll discredit the whole movement.

Be serious and be smart and skeptical but don’t give in to suspicion.

Tucker's testicles

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