Michael Shermer, famed skeptic and alleged creep, is apparently supporting Donald Trump during this year’s Presidential Election. When recently interviewed on KRCW, an NPR affiliate, he had this to say:
“Things I like about Donald Trump? First of all, this idea of deal-making. And not providing, say, a 14-point plan on every single thing he’s gonna do. Well, as he points out, and this is true, like the boxer who has a plan for every round of the 12-round match, and then gets punched in the nose in the first ten seconds and that’s the end of his strategy.”
“People were asking me [before a fight], ‘What’s going to happen?,’ ” Tyson said. “They were talking about his style. ‘He’s going to give you a lot of lateral movement. He’s going to move, he’s going to dance. He’s going to do this, do that.’ I said, “Everybody has a plan until they get hit. Then, like a rat, they stop in fear and freeze.’ “
It would almost be hilarious that a supposed intellectual thinker can’t handle a 14-point plan to some of our country’s most complex problems. Of course, it isn’t hilarious, because Donald Trump is a terrifying blight upon humanity that thinks Muslims should be banned from the United States (EDIT: his supporters also think LGBT people should be banned from the U.S., but Trump has not yet commented on this proposal).
Here’s how ridiculous Shermer’s “reasoning” sounds when you apply to other contexts: “I’m being accused of murder, so I sought legal advice from one of the best lawyers in the world. He had a really complex 14-point strategy to help me clear my name, but it was just too much. Instead, I’m hiring my racist uncle – he really tells it like it is!” I’m curious what Shermer thinks about Trump’s positions on climate change & gun control, given that Shermer has somehow managed to make sense on those topics in the past. Oh who am I kidding – it doesn’t matter! What matters is that Trump has no plan – and that’s a good thing.
He also called Trump’s braggadocio and speaking style, “kind of charming and amusing” and said it’s good that Trump is “not very religious.” Great! Trump’s Islamophobia will fit right in with organized atheism’s. Maybe Trump can speak at the next Reason Rally.
All of this is literally only surprising if you haven’t been paying attention to what a shitshow organized skepticism is. It makes perfect sense that someone with Shermer’s reputation would support the carrot-colored man-baby who thinks it’s okay to call Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig” and can’t handle the concept that women have to use the restroom. R.I.P., what’s left of organized skepticism!
Update: Apparently Michael Shermer totes doesn’t support Trump! He just says a lot of positive things about him – because reasons!
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