Just when you think that the US presidential election has reached its absolute nadir, that there are no further levels of insanity that the contest for the White House can sink to, the American alt-right proves one wrong by accusing the confidants of Hillary Clinton of practising something called “Spirit Cooking“, a supposed “satanic ritual” requiring the consumption of pig’s blood, human semen and breast milk. Yes, it’s crazy, and you’d have to be a bible-chewing fundamentalist Tumpist par excellence to give it any credence whatsoever but over the last forty-eight hours the claim has grown into an actual thing on the semi-respectable fringes of US conservatism. Beginning with an out-of-context posting by Wikileaks of yet another hacked email from the Gmail account of John Podesta, a senior Clinton campaign staffer, the extreme right-wing commentariat in the United States has embraced its bat-shit craziness like never before. For those of you who keep a weather eye on such things, Twitter and Facebook is filled with references to #SpiritCooking, devil worship and other religious mythobabble centring on Hillary Clinton and her alleged coterie of witches and warlocks. I kid you fucking not.
Come back Ben Carson, you walking single-celled organism, all is forgiven!