Jim Hoft, creator of The Gateway Pundit, has some thoughts about Donald Trump and dank memes.
Over the weekend, St. Louis' Tea Party joined forces with the miasma of American anxiety that is the Trump movement. At a rally Sunday at a Festus Harley-Davidson dealership, some 200 patriots who really, really hate Hillary Clinton listened to a succession of speeches delivered by a string of local conservative luminaries who also really, really hate Hillary Clinton.
"Donald Trump is for Americans first," said Martin. "He’s for us first. It is not selfish to support, or to be for, your neighbor, as opposed to someone from another nation. And Mexico, Mexicans, that's not a race. You’re not racist if you don’t like Mexicans. They're from a nation."
Clearly on a roll, Martin then brought the same clearheaded logic to the subject of a Muslim immigration ban.
"If you don’t think Muslims are vetted enough because they blow things up, that's not racist," he said. "There's white Muslims, black Muslims, green Muslims. This is not racism."
(In a statement later sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Martin attempted to walk back his boldly racist remarks by explaining that his reference to "Mexicans" — you know, the people who are definitely not a race but "from a nation" — was directed at illegal immigrants. Thanks for clearing up that confusion, Ed.)
On a more mellow portion of the conservative Trump-supporter spectrum, talk show host Jamie Allman regaled the crowd with his vision of The Donald as a magnetic force for diversity and inclusion.
"The guy is a coalescer. He’s a unifier in ways that we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan," said Allman, who also spoke with pride about contributing to the Trump campaign.
But if there was a headliner to the event, it was Jim Hoft, the local blogger behind The Gateway Pundit and darling of orbital blowout truthers across the land. In June, Hoft came out as a gay in a column on Breitbart.com, arguing that Donald Trump is the only president who can protect gays from Muslim terrorists.