1) Trump and other reps have said the following about the Jan 6 event at various times:
a) The Jan 6 event was freedom fighters who were fighting the noble fight to overturn a fraudulent election. Rah Rah!
b) The Jan 6 event was a peaceful protest to overturn a fraudulent election.
c) The Jan 6 event was democrats trying to make republicans look bad.
d) The Jan 6 event was Antifa. (See here)
e) Ashli Babbitt (a protestor who was shot by police at the Jan 6 event) should have been honored by flying the flag at half-mast (see here)
If we take the intersection of d and e we find that Trump wants to honor a member of Antifa who was shot by police.
To be fair, Trump is entitled to change his mind. But I wonder- did he ever really think it was Antifa or was that a talking point? If he really thought so then when did he change his mind? I ask non rhetorically--- NOT a `gotcha question'
(NOTE: I wrote this post a while back. Since then Trump and some other republicans are tending towards the Freedom Fighters narrative.)
a) Some people think that the vaccines are bad to take. I suspect they would give some (incorrect) health reasons, while the real reason may be political. (One reason is that the vaccine make you magnetic. That sounds awesome! Others think that there is a microchip in the vaccine so that Bill Gates can track our movements. Gee, Mark Zuckerberg can already do that. Some thing it will rewrite our DNA. A bio major I know tells me that such people are confusing messenger RNA with DNA. Great- we can now have a nice conversation and point out where they are wrong.)
b) Some people think we should NOT give vaccines to poor countries that need them, or to people in prison, since Americans should have priority. (NOTE- from a purely health-viewpoint this is not correct since a pandemic does not respect boundaries- if there is an outbreak in a diff country or in a prison it will affect people not in those countries and not in prison.)
Are there people who believe a and b? I ask non-rhetorically.
I am not surprised when people hold contradictory thoughts in their heads, but these two cases just struck me as particularly strange. Not sure why.