Donald Trump is a double agent of the left?: The asinine new right-wing theory "smart" people actually believe

A once-respected pundit posits Trump is a leftist out to discredit conservatives. They keep doing that themselves

Published June 22, 2015 1:13AM (EDT)

Donald Trump                      (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)
Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)

It's only Sunday night and we already have a solid contender for the dopiest right-wing column of the week.

John Fund, formerly the useful idiot at the Wall Street Journal who now fills that role at National Review, has a new column tonight which suggests Donald Trump is a double agent of the left, out to show how silly conservatives are. Or something like that!

In a piece that reads as paranoid and bizarre as it accuses Trump of being, Fund argues that:

Just maybe Trump is a double agent for the Left. He is nearly a cartoon version of what a comedian such as Stephen Colbert considers a conservative — the kind of conservative Colbert played on Comedy Central until this year. He reinforces all the Left’s negative stereotypes of conservatives as ignorant blowhards.

We'd say that the right's clown car of presidential candidates -- oh, and National Review -- did a pretty good job of that before Trump came along.

Fund then rattles through a list of silly reasons why Trump is, get this, actually a Democrat, mostly having to do with campaign contributions that he's given both sides over the years.

All that builds up to a conclusion in which Fund admits he's been trolling everyone all along, and that the entire frame of his story is just a big lie.

Actually, I don’t believe Trump is a double agent acting in the interests of liberals to discredit conservatism. But (to borrow some phrasing from Trump’s conspiracy vocabulary), he is playing the useful idiot for the Left. He might as well be doing it on purpose.

By Salon Staff

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