It’s Thursday Threatcon, your intelligence briefing on right wing activity. Below are the best reports, investigations, exposées, and debunkery of the wingnutosphere this week. Due to Sen. Chris Murphy’s successful filibuster, our Threatcon Color Code is SUPERMAN SHIRT

  • The wisdom of the 24 hour rule was made crystal clear by the way the early narrative of the Orlando massacre fell apart. We quickly learned that Omar Mateen had frequented the Pulse nightclub, used gay dating apps, and pursued a gay relationship, but hid his real self from his family so well that his own father doesn’t think he was gay. Warped by shame, secrecy, and self-loathing, Mateen was a ticking time bomb of “bipolar,” gun-toting rage before the Islamic State ever existed
  • Since yesterday, when I published a 5,000-word analysis of weaknesses in the Donald Trump campaign that the Hillary Clinton campaign can potentially exploit for a devastating victory, Trump has already managed to highlight many of those flaws. He’s a lazy fundraiser, ignores advice, sets subordinates against one another for fun, and lags far behind Clinton in building a general election campaign machine
  • In an example of how these weaknesses impact Trump’s response to the news cycle, Clinton has already issued a statement reacting to the assassination of British MP Jo Cox today by an assailant who reportedly shouted “Britain first!” while shooting and stabbing her. Trump has yet to mention this tragedy at all. In the days since the Orlando massacre, Trump’s worst personality traits have been on full display because no one can rein him in
  • For the aforementioned reasons, polling data suggests that Trump is dampening enthusiasm in the Republican electoral tent
  • I confidently predict that Trump will regret going to war with the Washington Post
  • Tech billionaire Peter Thiel’s legal vendetta against Gawker.com now extends to specious litigation over their excellent reporting on Trump’s hair weave specialist. Theil will be rubbing elbows with white nationalists at a ‘libertarian’ conference in Turkey this September
  • The Orlando massacre led Jim ‘Gateway Pundit’ Hoft, widely known as ‘the stupidest man on the internet’ for the amazing credulity he gives every idiotic conspiracy theory that arrives in his email inbox, to come out of the closet after years of hateful gay-baiting
  • Ten years ago, Trump was accused of destroying email evidence in one of the thousands of lawsuits that have been filed against his companies for breach of contract
  • Trump has not ‘hijacked’ conservative orthodoxy on Islamic terrorism, he has intensified it. Which is another way of saying that Republicans are all out of ideas when it comes to the international relations challenges of the 21st Century; their politics are mere posturing