WaPo propaganda piece attempts to smear Trump, supporters as mentally ill conspiracy theorists

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The Washington Post published a piece of Goebbels-like propaganda to smear all Trump supporters as mentally-ill conspiracy theorists. Screengrab: Twitter

On Saturday, the Washington Post published a lengthy piece of propaganda that would make Joseph Goebbels smile.  The article, entitled, “Finally.  Someone who thinks like me,” uses a female Trump supporter suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression in a ham-handed attempt to smear the candidate and, by association, all Trump supporters as mentally ill conspiracy theorists.

The woman they used, Melanie Austin, was involuntarily committed for several weeks in February and is currently taking prescription anti-anxiety medications.  She is also on disability as a result of persistent sexual harassment and resultant anxiety from being one of the few women railroad engineers.

I’ll not bore you with excerpts from the highly offensive magazine-length article, but I will give you the conclusion, which is where Stephanie McCrummen attempts to tie it all together:

“You winning?” she said, but Kevin was drifting off again, and as Trump went on about “how the system is rigged,” and “wounded American families” and “our own struggling citizens,” Melanie said yes, yes, yes, over and over again, until Trump reached the final three words of his speech.

“I love you,” he said.

“He really does love us,” Melanie said, and soon, the balloons were dropping, Trump was waving to the crowd, and she was switching off the television. She didn’t need to hear any more.

“It’s finished,” she said of the 2016 presidential election, in which she was sure Trump would triumph and more and more people across the country would at last see the truth. “In my head, anyway.”

“The implication is clear,” Breitbart.com said.  “[T]hat a woman who recently went through a tough time and is recovering from mental health issues is the prototype for the millions of Americans supporting Donald Trump.”

Chris Arnade, a reporter/photographer with the left-wing Guardian, wasn’t too happy with the piece:


That’s because it’s not “journalism.”  It’s propaganda.  To be more precise, it’s the same kind of drivel that was once published as a run-up to the Holocaust.


Very true.

The Post turned commenting off at the article with the following disclaimer:

“Comments are now closed. We turn off the comments on stories dealing with personal loss, tragedies or other sensitive topics. For more details, please see our our discussion guidelines”

Right.  It’s far more likely they knew the article would spark a huge backlash and they chose to shut down the comments section.

Exit question: Is it time conservatives boycott the Washington Post?

H/T Gateway Pundit


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