Election 2016

Republicans are now making t-shirts with Bill Clinton’s face above the word “RAPE”

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Outside the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio, this week, merchandise stands are hawking pro-Trump, ant-Clinton goods ranging from t-shirts to pins to stickers. One of the biggest sellers so far has been the “Hillary for Prison” t-shirt, perhaps purchased by the Republican convention attendees heard chanting “Lock Her Up” inside the arena each night.  A pin reading “Life’s a bitch, don’t vote for one” has also been selling.

But a t-shirt now making the rounds on social media shows Bill Clinton’s face with the word “RAPE” in block capital letters beneath for the former president’s face, in the style of the famous 2008 “Hope” campaign poster used by then-candidate Barack Obama’s campaign. The shirt was created by Infowars host Roger Stone and tweeted out on social media by Infowars’ founder and noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. As The Guardian reports, the text on the shirt refers to an allegation made against Bill Clinton, and demonstrates the current use of misinformation in a “post-factual” campaign.

“So if you call Clinton a rapist enough times, then it’s likely that people will start to believe it is a “fact”. There are lies, there are damned lies, and there are damned lies that help win elections.” Arwa Mahdawi writes in The Guardian.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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