I don’t think it’s too soon to announce that Donald Trump has ushered in an age of acceptable ignorance that is absolutely terrifying.
It’s one thing for Republican candidates to ignore science or history, or even for them to reject proven economics in favor of theories and policies that benefit them personally. But it’s another thing entirely to be totally off your rocker while being seriously considered as a candidate for the United States Congress.
Many would argue that there are plenty of crazies already seated in the hallowed halls of our highest institutions, but I would submit that this may be a first: A woman seeking to replace retiring Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida has claimed in the past, in a broadcast of a Spanish language TV show, to have been abducted by aliens.
You caught that “in the past,” did you? Well, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera hasn’t distanced herself from it. Interestingly, she’s actually tried to square the existence of the “blonde, large-bodied” creatures who whisked her away once before with her “strong belief in God,” which she claims makes her like “the majority of Americans” who believe we’re not alone in the universe.
“For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone.”
Among the things she believes she learned while on her alien expedition at age seven:
- There are 30,000 non-human skulls in a cave on the island of Malta.
- The center of the world’s “energy” is in Africa.
- The Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
But someone like this could never get elected, right? As Trump would say, WRONG!
In addition to teaching at Miami-Dade College, the 59-year-old sat on the city council of Doral, Florida for three years beginning in 2012, and was the city’s vice mayor.
Let’s hope that Trump endorses her, so she won’t get anywhere near Congress.
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