Most of these have no interest in discussing ideas, or facts, but rather in driving clicks, eyeballs on adds, and fomenting partisanship and division. Just STOP IT.
If you are forwarding these you are contributing to that air of hysteria.
These false equivalencies do not help our discourse. Whether you are a Bernie conspiracy theorist or a Republican gun advocate.
Recently, Donald Trump implied that the election of Hillary Clinton could justify armed insurrection.
I have two thoughts on this.
First, this goes to a long history of the Right attempting to "nullify" elections that they lose. They did this with Bill Clinton, they have certainly done it with Obama, and now they are trying to pre-empt Hillary. Over at Washington Monthly, Nancy Le Tourneau calls this the Conferderate response: the effort to de-legitimize this challenge to their world view. If the election didn't go to my guy, it can't be legit.
Second, this has prompted my right-leaning friends to post clickbait saying, essentially, Oh Yeah? The Dems did it too!
No, the Dems have never called for armed insurgency if they lose. But from Sarah Palin's gunsight ad, to the lynching memes ever since Obama was elected, to Republican officers sending around threats against Hillary, to rallies calling to "Kill the B....." , Trump has now escalated to an anti-democratic strong-man dictatorship. Don't like the results of the election? Take up arms!
Oh yeah? In 2008, Hillary called for Obama's assassination!
No, she didn't. In an admittedly insalubrious choice of language (for which she apologized), she justified staying in the primary race in case something happened to him, invoking the assassination of RFK in 1968. You can go Google Robert F Kennedy. I'll wait.
She did not threaten an armed insurrection if Obama won.
She did not tell sober gun owners to take up arms against the government, including against the police.
She did not imply that the popularly elected president is illegitimate as commander in chief.
This unreasonable hatred of Hillary (Hillary Derangement Syndrome) fomented by one wing of our media is dangerous to our democracy. You don't have to like or agree with her. But don't claim that the extreme language from the Trump side is in any way equivalent, or justified. Argue the issues, not the hysteria. And stop contributing to it.