There's no way Gen. Michael Flynn has the temperament or judgement to be Trump's national security advisor. It's far more frightening that Trump lacks the temperament and judgement to be president, but that's all the more reason he needs a stable, competent person whispering in his ear. Trump is on course to be our least knowledgeable president, a man with a 20 minute attention span who tends to adopt the viewpoint of the last person he talked to. His national security advisor, whose job is to sort through the information and opinions of cabinet members and governmental agencies, then present it to the president and help him figure out how to respond to international crises needs to be an honest man capable of distinguishing fact from fiction and able to arrive at cool, rational conclusions.
Let's ignore Flynn's famous temper and past inflammatory statements—except to note that when he was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, his subordinates referred to his questionable assertions as "Flynn facts"—and look at the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory which circulated during the last weeks of the presidential campaign. It was a fake news story, completely without basis. It was made up. It was a lie created to damage Hillary Clinton. And Flynn did his part to fan the conspiracy's flames.
The "Pizzagate" lie began right after FBI Director James Comey revealed that a new batch of Clinton-related emails were found on Anthony Weiner's computer. The "Pizzagate" lie was that some of the emails pointed to a child-trafficking ring run by Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta out of a pizza restaurant. The story flew around the internet and may have been one of the fake news stories that influenced the outcome of the election. It should have been old news after the election, but it made headlines Sunday when a man burst into the pizza restaurant with an AR-15 rifle, looking to investigate and expose the "scandal" himself. Fortunately, he didn't hurt anyone and is now in custody.
Before the election, the usual fake news sights made money pushing the story, and pro-Trump sites jumped in as well. It was tweeted and retweeted endlessly. One of the people who helped spread the story was Michael Flynn Jr., Gen. Flynn's son, a manic tweeter and retweeter who never found a Clinton conspiracy theory he didn't love. And he still won't let the story go, even with the man who attacked the restaurant in custody and the story debunked by legitimate news sources everywhere. He tweeted Sunday night,
Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it'll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many "coincidences" tied to it.
You can't blame General Flynn for his son, of course. It's possible the kid is just the unhinged black sheep of the family. Except he's not. He's the chief of staff of General Flynn's consulting firm, and he was a member of the Trump transition team with his own .gov email until today when they decided to let him go.
But you certainly have to blame General Flynn for his November 2 tweet.
U decide - NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes w Children, etc...MUST READ! http://truepundit.com/breaking-bombshell-nypd-blows-whistle-on-new-hillary-emails-money-laundering-sex-crimes-with-children-child-exploitation-pay-to-play-perjury/ …
The article he refers to isn't about the "Pizzagate" story, but it plays into the same sex, money and child-abuse narrative. And the tweet doesn't stand in isolation. It's one of a string of unsubstantiated tweets and retweets Flynn is responsible for. According to a story on Politico
Flynn himself has used social media to promote a series of outrageous conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and their inner circles in recent months — pushing dubious factoids at least 16 times since Aug. 9, according to a POLITICO review of his Twitter posts. Flynn, who has 106,000 Twitter followers, has used the platform to retweet accusations that Clinton is involved with child sex trafficking and has "secretly waged war” on the Catholic Church, as well as charges that Obama is a “jihadi” who “laundered” money for Muslim terrorists.
Here's one of Gen. Flynn's tweets:
RT #spiritcooking w/ #NeveryHillary Y #DrainTheSwamp - NYPD Ready 2 Make Arrests in Weiner Case http://bit.ly/2fjmNnM via @BreitbartNews
"#spiritcooking," according to the Politico article, is:
a reference to a bizarre rumor alleging that Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, took part in occult rituals in which people consume blood and other bodily fluids. That rumor, based on a wild reading of some Podesta emails that had been released by WikiLeaks, also took off on websites such as the Drudge Report and InfoWars, run by Trump-supporting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
(Interesting side note: the story Flynn linked to about the upcoming arrests in the Weiner case—it was posted November 4, and no arrests have yet been made—is on Breibart News, the site run by Trump's chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, the Trump whisperer talking in the president-elect's other ear, and the source of the story is Erik Prince, former owner of Blackwater
, which supplied mercenaries for the U.S. army during the Iraq War, who is the brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Secretary of Education.)
General Flynn is either gullible enough to believe in the wild-eyed conspiracy theories he wrote about, which means he lacks anywhere near the judgement he needs to be Trump's security advisor, or he's a liar spreading wildly untrue fake news for political purposes, which means he lacks the moral fiber to be in a position of national trust. Either way, he's not fit to be giving advice to the president of the United States—especially a president who loves loose gossip and conspiracy talk and had no problem spreading lies about his Republican primary opponents, Hillary Clinton and anyone else who crosses him. Remember the story that Cruz's father may have been part of the plot to assassinate JFK?