A quick review of Dan Bishop’s Twitter feed tells us all we need to know about him. It’s full of conspiracy theories and right-wing pablum. He’s highlighting interviews with discredited fear-mongers like Charlie Kirk and Tucker Carlson. He’s bragging about receiving awards from CPAC, the once-prestigious conservative organization that has devolved into a MAGA fest for the tinfoil hat set. He’s gone full MAGA even as the Trump organization loses appeal across the nation.
What’s not in his feed? North Carolina. The guy who wants people to elect him to be the next attorney general ignores the people he was sent to Washington to represent. He’s obsessed with the conspiracy theories that have captured the imagination of the Republican base. He never mentions big ideas or kitchen table issues. His feed is just outrage and conspiracies for the perpetually aggrieved. I guess that’s who he believes he represents.
Maybe he’s just running for the GOP nomination right now. He’s trying to appeal to the rabid base that cares little about the day-to-day issues that impact ordinary Americans and focuses on fever dreams inspired by right-wing media outlets and commentators. Still, you would think he would be trying to focus on a little more than just outrage and conspiracy theories. He’s running for a state office after all.
Bishop’s feed may be fodder for the MAGA crowd and designed to enrage liberals, but it also gives us an idea of how he would govern if elected attorney general. He’s spent his time in Washington appealing to issues that animate the base, not those that serve people in North Carolina. He’s a committed culture warrior instead of a dedicated public servant. He’s like Donald Trump and Mark Robinson. He gets his jollies from the applause of people on the fringe. That’s no way to run a state agency.
At least he’s not trying to change who is like Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson. Robinson’s handlers have been trying, unsuccessfully, to rein him in. Their canned videos show a guy talking about unity and bringing people together. Then, his unsupervised public appearances, especially at churches, expose the lie by revealing a man who belittles his fellow citizens and lacks any sense of empathy or compassion. Bishop is still the callous guy who flirts with White Supremacy and wallows in the muck of conspiracy mongers unabated.
I used to suspect that Bishop knew better and was just playing the audience for the applause. People who served with him in the legislature say that he used not to be this way. Now, I’m not sure. Maybe he always held these hateful, bigoted beliefs and the rise of Donald Trump just freed him to speak up. Maybe he really believes in the snake oil that he’s selling.
I don’t know and it doesn’t really matter. He’s a guy who is not fit to hold office. He either believes in all the discredited, right-wing pablum that he spews or he’s a grifter using it acquire power. Either way, he’s a pretty disgusting person who has no business in the position he’s holding today and should never get near the position of top law enforcement official in North Carolina.