‘Here is a sadder fact: this state of affairs is not limited to the United States of America. In many other countries, including the Philippines, a new breed of “jeniuses” abound.’
WE’RE e not stupid.”
So said a Caucasian male who, with a fellow protester, was caught on tape explaining why they were protesting on behalf of losing US presidential candidate Donald Trump last January 6.
Before this second guy was caught on tape, his companion tried to explain their motivation for protesting. In so many words he was trying to say that in the states where Trump was winning, they should stop counting; but in states where Trump was trailing, they were demanding a recount.
And that’s when second guy chimes in. “We’re not stupid,” he says. “Donald Trump is a genius. That’s what the J stands for.”
The gentleman was, I suppose, referring to Trump’s middle initial, which was J. Note that for many non-Filipinos (as well as for my boss Gerard Brimo) the middle initial is not the first letter of their mother’s maiden name but the first letter of their second name. For Trump, his J is for “John;” for John Kennedy, the F was Fitzgerald, while for brother Robert the F was for Francis. Third brother Edward had M for his middle initial, for Moore. (And for my boss Jerry the H is for Henry, which happens to be his father’s first name.)
I guess the protester wasn’t aware that J was for John, or was maybe mostly absent during spelling classes. Then again J is for Jenius as legitimately as S is for Sychology.
It doesn’t take a genius – or, should I say jenius, to realize by now (yes, even this late in time) that a lot of Donald Trump’s support has been built on the shoulders of jeniuses like this gentleman, as well as those who, sadly, like a friend from my UP political science days, who believe that Trump is being attacked by “shape shifting reptilians” out to control the world. So much of Trump’s time in office was spent denigrating science and the mainstream media to the extent that fringe news sources with the most outlandish conspiracy theories have been having a heyday. Today, anything on the internet is “believable” depending on your bias, no matter how incredible the source is. And when these incredible stores are repeated by others – like the President for example – they quickly become “legitimate” to certain segments of the population, if not the gospel truth.
Here is a sadder fact: this state of affairs is not limited to the United States of America. In many other countries, including the Philippines, a new breed of “jeniuses” abound. And the political environment encourages them to “go forth and multiply!”
And that, I think, is something we all should be worrying about!