Did all of you see there was really a real GoFundMe fundraiser for affluenza monster Brett Kavanaugh? Probably more than one, honestly, but I haven’t the stomach to search. I noticed this one, which started and concluded in the week before his confirmation. I wrote this rant the sixth day it was open and amounts were rising at a truly blistering pace, and while comments were visible (eventually turned off once “the libs” found out and started sharing their thoughts on the whole effort).
In my opinion, this really real GoFundMe is being powered by people who are:
Really obsessed with supporting the ruling class, even at their own expense (literally in this case), while they unapologetically loathe and disparage absolutely anyone else. Some of these social injustice warriors are bragging about how they are making repeat donations because it makes libs mad — HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE?? — while sneering at the idea of donating to any actual charity. Donations are pouring in to something that could verrrry easily be 100% scam.
It’s also a really unvarnished and unfiltered view of his blind supporters. (The Kavanaughs and the GOP have nothing to do with this. It’s all grassroots by one guy, which is already fishy AF.) If you’re interested, read the campaign updates and comments. If you’d rather not, I definitely get that.
It’s really astonishing.
Something I’ve been sitting on awhile is this thought, which this whole fundraiser corroborates:
The theory is that Kav has become a symbol for both sides. Symbolizing essentially the same thing, being protected by one side and attacked by the other: the long-established kyriarchy that upholds the “natural” supremacy of wealthy white cishet Christian men.
Seriously, there is no reasonable justification for why the GOP hasn’t dropped this guy like a bag of dogshit. The very next guy on the Federalist list would surely do almost everything Kav could/would — possibly excepting the no-Presidential-indictment bit and even that, probably.
But they have dug their heels deep the fuck in on this guy because it’s the very essential GOD-GIVEN AMERICAN RIGHTS that are on trial by now and if they ditch him, they admit that the reign is over.
The guys in charge right now deeply believe in zero-sum game. Fuck Jesus — that’s their God. If they compromise an inch, it’s the same as losing. So they refuse. And we get this bullshit.
For the supporters like those, who directly benefit from this hierarchy, buy-in is easy to understand (not to like, or accept, but certainly easy to understand). But why would anyone else (women, immigrants, people of color, queerfolk) carry water for this guy? Because it’s comfortable? It’s consistent? Because they think they have figured out a way to thrive in the world as it is and better the devil you know? Or because they are tired, and fighting against the current is exhausting? I don’t know. They must have reasons I can’t fathom.
But whooooo, the idea of throwing any money, let alone $500K at a truly blistering rate, toward Kav’s family right now in some kind of pity party for this man who’s not even on criminal trial and — no matter what happens with the Supreme Court — still has a lifetime appointment at a mandated $220,000 salary?
Really boggles the mind.
Epilogue 1: The campaign closed at over $611,000 donated by more than 13,000 individual donors, and the owner is sitting on this ridiculous pile, ostensibly to hand over to the man who suffered no consequences, only a little embarrassment, instead of refunding the donors. That seems about right for morally bankrupt kleptocrats.