This week, we saw two painfully ignorant Ratio examples, both related to the Queen's funeral and Canada's attendance there-at.
If the Replies:RT ratio is greater than 2:1, you done messed up.— Brian (@Briligerent) March 15, 2017
The response was immediate and incredulous.
Unlike the tens of thousands of people joining the eight-kilometre queue along the River Thames, Mr. Trudeau used a special VIP entrance to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth. https://t.co/tprUgtrMjq— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) September 17, 2022
I thought this was a funny one:
Unlike the tens of thousands of people joining the 8 km queue, who are not heads of state, the Prime Minister of Canada was shown the respect due a Head-of-State at an official function. He used the entrance they provided, he didn’t “sneak past” the bouncer. FFS G&M!— No dilbit (@Nodilbit) September 18, 2022
Globe tweet: “The Canadian PM unbelievably walked instead of taking a car or a sedan chair to the meeting.” https://t.co/Lw9hHVOsPF— Greg MacEachern (@gmacofglebe) September 18, 2022
The responses to this tweet can be summed up as: what an ignorant twerp!
I don't quite get how the US is only allowed to send one president but Canada is allowed to send five prime ministers and a vast extended cast of other various hangers-on. https://t.co/9u53JKK87H— J.J. McCullough (@JJ_McCullough) September 18, 2022
Allow me to explain in very simple terms: Canada is a member of the Commonwealth, arguably the most important member, and one of the members that recognizes the Queen/King as our Monarch.— Mike Morris (@1MikeMorris) September 18, 2022
The United States is just another country outside the Commonwealth.
Seeing these responses, McCullough doubles down - just keep on digging, JJ!
.@washingtonpost might want to find a columnist who has a clue about little differences between the US and Canada, like oh, I don't know, the fact that the British Monarch is the titular head of Canada's government.— Brennan Leffler (@brennanleffler) September 18, 2022
McCullough's point seems to be that he is upset on America's behalf about the apparent dissing of Trump - when actually, of course, all of the non-Commonwealth countries in the world sent only their present leadership to the funeral. And outside of America, the world spends very little time ever thinking about Trump at all.
Why should that matter?— J.J. McCullough (@JJ_McCullough) September 18, 2022
Unbelievably uninformed— Maximilian Hess (@zakavkaza) September 18, 2022
Belarus - subservient to Russia since 2020 protests, used to invade Ukraine
Cuba - see a history book
North Korea - ibid
Eritrea - wants Russia to block UN action against it
Nicaragua - Ortega gets aid from RU, hates USA
Syria - see uh the last 7 years https://t.co/n2qgEJ8Cpl
Moving on, the Trump rally this weekend was even more weird than usual:
Is this ignorance or rage farming? Sometimes I honestly can’t tell the difference anymore.— Tamara Hinz (@hinz_tamara) September 18, 2022
Kind of semi-"Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer" vibes. https://t.co/YGIUHnqKj6— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 18, 2022
Its also very strange that the Trump people keep downplaying or denying the QAnon connection -- "nothing to see here, move along, move along". It really reminds me of the plausible deniability in Trump's "stand back and stand by" and "it will be wild" messages before the Jan 6 insurrection.
This is what US Fascism looks like. Nobody putting a gun to their heads. On their own, raising their arms to him like disgustingly obedient little Nazis. I never use that term lightly. Sickest thing I have ever seen in a country where I have until now, always felt at home. https://t.co/iefNGDnRiF— Charles Adler (@charlesadler) September 18, 2022
A few weeks ago Trump posted a video with a song called “Mirrors” on his social media website. People noticed it sounded like the QAnon theme song/Shazam recognized it that way. Then he posted a Q meme about himself. Then played the song last night. The crowd reacted with salutes https://t.co/z74TBQ3TIR— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 18, 2022
Yes, it is fascism ,but it is bringing elements of conspiracy theory (Q- Anon) alongside Evangelical Christianity to blend into a movement with charismatic "figures" who people can latch onto and imagine themselves part of the "end times" and saving the nation.— ProfB (@AntheaButler) September 18, 2022
Trump's rallies are going to get darker than this in the lead up to November's election. I hope I'm wrong, truly ,but I think this is all going to get really ugly. @WillBunch Is right-it's Wangerian, but it's Ragnarok. https://t.co/opsI3YHWQa— ProfB (@AntheaButler) September 18, 2022