Legal Insurrection has a couple of posts on TDS this morning. One is about how a Propane Vendor’s Threat to Trump Voters Explodes into Controversy posted by Leslie Eastman — “Michael Turner calls Trump a “hater” and refused to sell gas to supporters.” The other is by Kemberlee Kaye on The Eight Worst Anti-Trump “Hate Crime” Hoaxes — “There are plenty of legitimate Trump criticisms and no need to concoct stories of his supporters.” (note the qualifiers that there “are plenty of …” i.e. ‘both sides do it’ logical fallacy).
The most valuable lesson to be had in 2016 may be that tying your firm’s products to politics is a bad business model.
The latest person to learn this lesson is a Maine propane distributor who recently refused to sell gas to Trump voters.
Considering that he referred to Donald Trump as despicable and the Anti-Christ, I might suggest Turner spend some time reflecting on his use of the term “hater”.
As Hillary Clinton is discovering, a dramatic display of hubris is usually followed by a visit from Nemesis. Because Turner decided to exercise his First Amendment right to express himself, other Americans exercised their right to indulge in some due diligence.
It turns out the Propane dealer wasn’t properly licensed since 2012. Whoops.
On the other post with the “plenty of” qualifier, note that hoaxes like those being seen now are not rationalized by any legitimate criticism and are also quite lopsided in target selection.
As if faith in establishment media wasn’t depleted enough, there seems no end to stories recently exposed as hoaxes. In fact, just about every story where someone was supposedly the victim of pro-Trump hate has turned out to be nothing more than wish casting.
The TDS brigade is not known for considering the implications of their actions and these two stories reinforce that view. The propane dealer didn’t consider the implications of no fuel for heat, especially on the poor in a remote area of Maine. The hoaxer is also not considering the damage done by their actions.