This week on Middle Theory, we analyze the decision by President Trump for the United States to leave the Paris Climate Accord.
Stop the presses… can YOU figure out the TRUE meaning of “Covfefe”? Apparently, this obvious misspelling by The Donald was worthy of countless articles and news segments over the last several days… we spend an equally ludicrous amount of time talking about why this is utter bullshit. Then turning our attention to other, more meaningful things, we spend some time examining the current crisis at Evergreen State College, where a group of students have shut the campus down after a white professor refused to accept an “invitation” for all white members of the student body and faculty to leave campus… which in their eyes, makes him a racist.
Then, we look at the controversial decision by President Trump for the United States to leave the Paris Climate Accord, which has aroused varied responses from the international community, including newly elected French President Emanuel Macron. Van Jones also chimed in on this, as we visit audio soundbytes with reactions to the decision, as well as a complete breakdown given by McNonymous about the “environmental hypocrisy” of several organizations and individuals that have decried the decision.
Finally… Hillary Clinton might have pushed her luck a little too much with the post-election loss “sympathy train,” after she said during an interview with ReCode that she was a “victim of the assumption she would win.” She further suggests a broad reaching “right wing conspiracy” that involves Russia, Wikileaks, InfoWars, and possibly members of the Trump campaign might have conspired to thwart her chances at winning the 2016 election. Here are a few of the responses from the liberal media in response to Clinton’s somewhat plausible, but still unproven claims:
- “Well she first of all, really drilled down on the fake news, the role of Infowars and said that it was very clear to her that there were Americans directing and colluding, conspiring really, with the Russian hackers, with Guccifer, with the others who were involved in the hacking, in the dropping of WikiLeaks … and saying that they were doing so with such political sophistication. She’s basically pointing to the Trump campaign, saying that the dots are now being connected in the investigation. So, she is drawing a conspiracy theory,” Mitchell said. “She doesn’t have the evidence, but she is obviously hoping that this is what — that Robert Mueller and what the congressional committee’s going to do.” – Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC
- “While Clinton says she takes full responsibility for her defeat, everything else she says about the election belies that rhetoric. What taking the full blame and responsibility actually means is saying this: There were lots and lots of circumstances outside my control that hurt my chances. But at the end of the day, it was my campaign and my name on the ballot. And that means I lost and I own that. Clinton isn’t saying that. Probably because she simply doesn’t believe it.” – Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
- “Clinton’s latest comments continue a post election emergence in which the former Democratic nominee continues to point fingers for her loss, though other accounts of the Clinton campaign have put more fault in her corner.” – Jessica Taylor, NPR Political Correspondent
Finally, we also have this, from Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College and New York Times contributor: “I’m seeing a disturbing trend of people taking the very serious and real questions about Russian interference and using that as a pretext for all sorts of wild and unsupported conspiracy theories. These are often coming from internet personalities and people who work on social media, but they’re infiltrating into the discourse more generally through liberal elites who are amplifying them. So we’re seeing a spread of these claims out into the mainstream in a way that I think is potentially worrisome.”
Indeed, it seems we’re living in a culture of conspiracy.
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Finally, here are links to show notes pertaining to this week’s podcast:
- ‘Covfefe’ tells you all you need to know about Trump
- Evergreen State College goes all to hell
- CNN: In election blame game, it’s time for Hillary Clinton to take her share
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz, or someone in her office, called the law office of the firm responsible for the DNC Lawsuit and used a voice changer to dig for information… but forgot to block number from showing up on Caller ID
- Trump made up his mind on Paris. Now the rest of the world will do the same on him.
- Dartmouth Professor Concerned About Spread of Liberal Conspiracy Theories on Social Media
- Hannity offers Assange and Kim Dotcom fill-in hosting positions on his show