On Tuesday, Democrat Doug Jones won a special election in Alabama to take over the Senate seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions. The campaign was hotly contested, even with multiple allegations against his Republican challenger, Roy Moore, of sexual misconduct and assault against minors.
Jones' victory marked the first time in 25 years that an Alabama Democrat has won a seat in the Senate, and it was mainly due to an overwhelming turnout from Alabama's black citizens.
But, of course, the far right loves a good conspiracy theory. And after Jones' win, there were plenty to go around.
Unable to wrap his mind around the prospect of historically-disenfranchised black voters being able to sway an election, conservative radio talkshow host Bill Mitchell tweeted out a popular theory that black voters had been brought from out-of-state, saying: "I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote. Anyone else hearing this? Anything to it? That might explain the 30% turnout higher than population percentage. Just reporting the rumor."
I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote. Anyone else hearing… https://t.co/dQXVLkBFkf— Bill Mitchell (@Bill Mitchell) 1513197611.0
Right. Just reporting a rumor. Not disseminating baseless theories without any evidence whatsoever. Got it.
Twitter went into full mocking mode:
@UrbanAchievr @yogagenie @mitchellvii You’re kidding, right??— Brian Hawes (@Brian Hawes) 1513198938.0
@UrbanAchievr @yummycovfefe @yogagenie @mitchellvii pics or it didn't happen— kara bishop (@kara bishop) 1513199563.0
@KristenInVA @AnaisNincompoop @UrbanAchievr @yummycovfefe @yogagenie @mitchellvii They were heading out of Alabama.… https://t.co/XzmAsVRpCs— Tom Miller (@Tom Miller) 1513201142.0
That's when TV writer John Rogers entered the fray. To totally annihilate the theory in an epic rant.
And he didn't hold back:
1/ Okay, you racist hack, apparently I have to do this every time. Like all conspiracy theories, this falls apart a… https://t.co/fhDNw0UaQB— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513206683.0
3/ Now he's not going to MAYBE fix an election, he's going to have himself a margin of error, And remember the cons… https://t.co/bAFEi1THzc— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513206806.0
5/ Sure, why not, it's a Fermi problem anyway. (Look it up) So we have to find 40,000 votes minimum to get the results we want.— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513206935.0
Here's where the theory really starts to fall apart:
7/ We then have to bus them in. The standard transit bus carries about 45 people. School buses can go higher. Let's… https://t.co/qt05BE9WLn— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513207279.0
9/ Hey, I'll spot you somehow they go to only the voting places where not a single Moore voter will notice a busloa… https://t.co/PSHYQqAkkx— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513207477.0
This would definitely require some next-level planning:
11/ Somehow Soros et al had these sleeper voter ID's in place, and not on the inactive list, JUST IN CASE the GOP n… https://t.co/NpzPtM8AYo— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513207644.0
13/ 20,000-40,000 fake voters, all recruited secretly, paid somehow, transported in hundreds of buses with hundreds… https://t.co/QJO7pzoUEd— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513207860.0
There's a much easier conspiracy, if you're really looking for one:
14/ At least have a modicum of dignity and claim the machines were hacked.— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513207937.0
And why does Rogers feel he has the authority to destroy the far-fetched theory with such precision?
Well, the fact they he's an accomplished writer in the heist and con genre certainly helps:
16/ fin.— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513208011.0
Rogers is the co-creator of the TNT drama Leverage, as well as a writer for The Librarians, so he clearly knows his way around a secret conspiratorial plot.
Twitter showed their admiration for Rogers' expert takedown:
@jonrog1 I love you.— Greg Rucka (@Greg Rucka) 1513221718.0
@marcbernardin @ruckawriter I will make QUEEN & COUNTRY before I die, so help me god.— John Rogers (@John Rogers) 1513226418.0
@RickyGeorge8 @jonrog1 @marcbernardin @ruckawriter https://t.co/gar48I2htt— NW Southerner (@NW Southerner) 1513261669.0
@AnnieHeiliger @rob_kroll @RickyGeorge8 @jonrog1 @marcbernardin @ruckawriter https://t.co/NMg3a3y2Jb— Arcadia Dragon (@Arcadia Dragon) 1513263969.0
@jonrog1 I'm standing and applauding. Well done smackdown. Just bloody brilliant (love how it sounds).— Ohio Jim Langendorf (@Ohio Jim Langendorf) 1513209193.0
Although it did make people (mock) wonder...
@jonrog1 https://t.co/KXwCAsGJlU— Bill Menezes (@Bill Menezes) 1513210318.0
@jonrog1 so...you're saying it WAS Soros?— Frederick Douglass (@Frederick Douglass) 1513229190.0
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