At a recent appearance of Donald Trump in Florida, a state senator name Doug Broxon, a Republican of course, that should go without saying, was giving the introductory speech. Doug Broxon is a very religious man. Like, nutty religious. Which is a big part of Trump’s base.
He praised Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem (full disclaimer: when that decision was made, I didn’t think it was the most egregious thing he’s ever done. Jerusalem has been the de facto capital of Israel since 1948, and the location of the embassy is mostly symbolic. I didn’t expect the outrage that it brought on), but of course he put it in biblical terms. The nuttiest biblical terms possible.
He talked about how Trump’s decision may bring about Armageddon, the battle at the end of the world, the end of the human race.
The crowd cheered.
It reminds me very much of the Heaven’s Gate doomsday cult a couple of decades back where 39 people committed suicide because they were told that the Hale-Bopp comet was the chariot to heaven so they put on purple pajamas, took some pills, and laid down to die. Of course, the world carried on, minus 39 extremely gullible people (that’s not even the right way to board a plane, much less hitch a ride on a comet).
The problem this time around is those who share these visions of Armageddon, this wistful longing for complete extinction, are not so much ready to die for their cause as they are anxious to kill everybody else. And there are millions of the fuckers.