Deep cover liberal
| Some dare call it|
|What THEY don't want|
you to know!
“”If liberals are disorganized, how are they so good at getting false flag operatives into Congress as Republicans?
|—Josh Barro on Mo Brooks (R-AL)|
A deep cover liberal is someone who supposedly pretends to be ultra-conservative with the intended purpose of discrediting conservative political parties or conservatives in general. They act in a way contrary to their own beliefs and often sacrifice their credibility to defend the public against world-renowned nutjobs.
Deep cover liberals are often characterized by:
- Subtle or not-so-subtle racist (often anti-Semitic) comments disguised as "Pro-Christian" statements.
- Extreme religious intolerance.
- Active persecution of minorities.
- Unquestioning support of former President Reagan and/or Bush and apparent hatred for anyone who disagrees with them.
- Making suggestions for policy that actively contradict the U.S. Constitution either literally or in intent.
- Frequently making outrageous and illogical statements which do more harm to the conservative cause than good (conservatives are sometimes oblivious to this).
Whether or not these people actually exist is an open question. An alternative theory to explain the existence of people like this is related to the existence of Poe's Law—that liberals themselves just can't possibly grasp that alternative views this extreme can seriously exist. Therefore, real wingnuts must be taking the piss, it's the only thing that makes sense. This isn't entirely a fault; anyone with even a modicum of confidence in the goodwill of humanity will have their view threatened by ten seconds in the presence of Ann Coulter. Assuming or theorising that Kool-Aid drinkers are in fact parodists or insincere may just be a way of resolving the cognitive dissonance of wanting to think that everyone is, deep down, a good person while watching Glenn Beck make an ass of himself.
The concept of a deep cover liberal says quite a bit about the conservative mindset. Follow this Schlafly-esque line of reasoning:
- All conservatives are good
- This conservative, however, is making us look bad
- Therefore, they must actually be a leebral
This seems ridiculous at first, but time and time again conservatives want to attribute blame to liberals for the bad things (or at the very least, bad press) that conservatives are actually responsible for. This mentality is the heart of such annoyances as the Dixiecrat fallacy, as well as PIDOOMA assertions such as one by Ted Cruz, who suggested that the very conservative, anti-abortion perpetrator of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2015 was actually a transgender leftist.
The phantom of a deep cover liberal also plays into the paranoia of conspiracy theorists that dominate conservative talk radio and other media. Apparently, pretending to be a member of a party that you're not is a perfectly acceptable political tactic to win an election, such as was the case with Kim Davis or Dave Wilson.
- Everyone on the alt-right (the movement is sometimes claimed, including by some of its own proponents like Milo Yiannopoulos, to be made up mainly of trolls who don't seriously hold the views they espouse).
- Andrew Schlafly, founder of Conservapedia, and is theorised to have only done so to avoid embarrassing his mother, Phyllis Schlafly[note 1].
- Ann Coulter (according to The Boondocks)
- Bill O'Reilly of Fox News
- Donald Trump; former reality TV star, currently President of the United States. Granted that Trump did identify as a Democrat until recently, donated to major candidates of both parties and had nice things to say about Hillary Clinton not even four years before he ran on the GOP ticket for the first time which lends a little credence to the theory.
- Arianna Huffington (outed after the 2000 election by virtue of being a friend of Al Franken)
- The Birther movement (it originated thanks to PUMAs, if you remember)
- Charles G. Koch, because flags.
- Christine O'Donnell, for reasons outlined here.
- Clint Eastwood, after lighting up the 2012 GOP convention by yelling at a chair for ten minutes.
- Fred Phelps, according to some conservatives, anyway. Though he was not exactly a conservative so much as an extreme homophobe who had no opinion on almost any issue not related to homosexuality.[note 2]
- Glenn Beck, for hypocritically using the same tactics that he decries liberals for using.
- Hal Turner (outed as a possible FBI informant against white supremacist activity in late 2007 — was he only in it for the money?)
- Herman Cain
- Jack Chick
- John Ashcroft, after his dramatic reversal on states' rights upon becoming Attorney General.
- "Mad" Melanie Phillips, especially for her columns in the Spectator
- The editorial staff of the New York Post
- Ray Comfort
- Rush Limbaugh
- S. E. Cupp, an atheist concern troll and "coastal elite" who insults coastal elites.
- Ted Cruz, an undercover CSIS agent?
- Victoria Jackson
- Fox News ambush reporter Jesse Watters may be one of the first documented deep cover liberals; he donated $500 to the Obama campaign while publicly mocking Obama voters on the air.[note 3]
- Poe's Law
- Agent provocateur
- False flag operation
- Lightning rod
- Club for Growth
- Useful idiot
- Tea Party
- "Mo Brooks Says DREAMers Shouldn’t Be Allowed In Military Because They’re Not Loyal And Will Have Access To Nukes"
- "The S-Word," episode 2.11 of The Boondocks
- Brilliant Response to Beck Case, ScienceBlogs