So congressman Andrew Clyde believes the Jan. 6 riot was “no insurrection.” He believes videos we watched in horror in real-time showed “orderly” tourists paying a respectful visit to our nation’s hallowed halls. He said so in a congressional hearing. Don’t believe your own eyes, he said, in effect, just like Donald Trump said, “Don’t believe what you see. Believe what I tell you.” Let’s ask the cult followers of Jim Jones how that belief system worked out for them.
Clyde is not the only Athens representative guilty of delusional comments. Jody Hice claimed—in the same hearing where Clyde surrendered any claim on reality—that Trump actually encouraged a peaceful gathering and display of patriotism. Those words did not come from Trump’s mouth until hours into the deadly rampage at the Capitol.
Both Clyde and Hice should be admitted to a place where they can receive treatment for their delusional thinking. Delusion is defined as “a false belief held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a condition of certain forms of mental illness.” A dictionary should publish photos of Clyde and Hice next to that definition. There are no better examples.
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