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Meet the Twin Dumpster Fires of Resistance Twitter

Where did they come from, where will they go? I’m talking about the Brothers Krassenstein, the duo that sets Resistance hearts aglow.

Here’s the quick rundown: Ed [1] and Brian Krassenstein [2] are twin brother political activists who post second-by-second cringe-tastic takes about their righteous opposition to President Donald Trump and their love of mainstream Democratic politicians and policy. The pair are ever on a quixotic holy crusade against the two-headed hydra of Trump-Putin and are singularly focused on the apparently ever-impending impeachment [3] of the president. The Krassensteins form a core for Resistance Twitter, a zone of maudlin anti-Trump takes and simmering rage-a-holic dumpster fires not wholly dissimilar in tone and intelligence to the outrage-a-day factory on the MAGA Right. They’re a pitch perfect representation of the political age the West is currently experiencing—a manic episode that no medication appears able to treat.

If the Krassensteins didn’t exist, MAGA Twitter would have to invent them: a pair of comically buff brothers who stand in as kind of wannabe superheroes for the Resistance. They’re the perfect blend of self-righteous indignation and near-subterranean-level stupid blended with tired partisan posturing that has proven so ineffective at opposing Trump and his administration. How many of their combined 1.5 million followers are bots we’ll never know, but their history of alleged rampant corruption and vast Ponzi schemes [4] only makes the picture more complete. The brothers’ home was raided in September 2016 and prosecutors allege they engaged in fraudulent online activity, bilking people with gold scams and other classic hijinks (though admittedly they’ve never been arrested or charged with a crime). A civil asset forfeiture was also filed [5] against the Krassensteins in the summer of 2017.

It only makes sense that two Florida golf shirt-wearing gold-scam bros would be icons of opposition to a president who is himself a semi-Floridian cliché slouching at his Mar-A-Lago Winter White House.

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Anti-Trump figures like the Krassensteins, and their counterparts on the pro-Trump side like Diamond and Silk [6] (Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson), remind us of a kinder, gentler, and faker time when people still had the luxury of pretending to believe (or actually believing?) that real life was like a Batman comic book with good guys and bad guys fighting each other in a cosmic drama. Diamond and Silk are two black woman video bloggers who rose to fame during the last election thanks to their strong and sassy support of Trump. Swayed by his announcement (“It was on and poppin’”) they went on to open rallies for Trump and appear frequently on right-wing cable news. They and the Krassensteins of the world are tap-dancing tag teams of tortuous Philistinism, just about the last thing today’s politics needs. They are funny, sure, but also quite sad. There’s a lot of talk about the Middle Ages being the “Dark Ages,” but one has to wonder what a Medieval monk might think scrolling through the social media feeds of modern American partisans.

Congressman Steve King, Republican of Iowa, brought Diamond [7] along to the recent State of the Union Address, surely to troll accusations that he’s a white nationalist and racist—a par-for-the-course, cringeworthy move typical of establishment politicians. Liberals, meanwhile, can always retweet a Krassenstein zinger expressing outrage over Trump’s authoritarianism—without having to actually do anything else. The Krassensteins are the “I have black friends” of the Left in terms of pseudo-political action. I retweeted five “Krassenslams” a day on Twitter, said the unemployed grocery clerk in a post-Trump presidency after the dollar collapses. I did my part! Don’t look at me!

For the Brothers Krassenstein, Trump is both the blundering fool and the sinister mastermind of every given moment. The two are just the kind of sheltered individuals who think “much of the hate” [8] in America today is because of Trump, a singularly ignorant and privileged viewpoint considering the amount of racism and inequality that prevailed prior to Trump.

As Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about the far more interesting The Brothers KaramazovAbove all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

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The problem with partisanship is that it presents false paradigms, package deals, and reductionist choices that detach us from the truly vital questions of daily conduct, community, meta-politics, meaning, and transcendence. Entertainment politics of the kind peddled by Diamond and Silk and the Krassensteins dumb us down to sloganeering mobs. (Beto O’Rourke “talks about tearing down walls yet he lives in a house supported by walls,” explained Diamond, that modern-day Plato, [9] on Fox and Friends). Such an out-of-touch mindset permeates our media culture, where all clicks are worth the same amount of advertising cents and cable news blares “he said she said” garbage unworthy of Pravda.

We’d all like to believe we’re basically the good guys and life is a giant football game. The problem is that eventually some of us grow up. And given the record low ratings for Congress, the burgeoning ranks of independent voters, and the low levels of trust in national news media, that some has become quite a large number. Not everyone—very few, in fact—fit into a category that celebrates celebrities who wear USSR jerseys with “TRUMP” on the back [10]. Many still have an inner sense of cringe and just can’t stomach all this. They are—maybe, just maybe—concerned over the real problems with Trump’s presidency and the world, not elaborately concocted conspiracy theories and feel-good Hollywood boosterism.

Perhaps the Krassensteins’ duet of “Come Back Barack” [11] will invoke the return of President Barack Obama and his benign army of loving rainbow drones. Why not? After all, we are living in very silly—and very serious—times.

Paul Brian is a freelance journalist. He has reported for BBC, Reuters, and Foreign Policy, and contributed to The Week, The Federalist, and others. You can follow him on Twitter @paulrbrian [12] or visit his website www.paulrbrian.com [13].

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11 Comments To "Meet the Twin Dumpster Fires of Resistance Twitter"

#1 Comment By Fran Macadam On March 6, 2019 @ 11:03 pm

“They’re a pitch perfect representation of the political age the West is currently experiencing—a manic episode that no medication appears able to treat.”

What about that new nasal spray the FDA just approved that with a sniff treats depression?

#2 Comment By M. Orban On March 7, 2019 @ 12:13 am

Thank you so much for mentioning the brothers Krassenstein, I never even heard of them before. Looking at their twitter feed, they are much milder than Bill Maher… so what’s the problem exactly?

#3 Comment By Bullwinkle J. Moose On March 7, 2019 @ 1:05 am

If they are weighed together, do they make for Trump’s “400 pound kid sitting in his bedroom”?

#4 Comment By Carol Shannon On March 7, 2019 @ 4:39 am

You do Diamond and Silk a disservice by comparing them to those brothers, whoever they are. The ladies are funny and entertaining and, as far as I know, aren’t scamming anyone.

#5 Comment By TomG On March 7, 2019 @ 10:04 am

I’m too dense apparently to get the point of this post. It seems to me in saying, “The problem with partisanship is that it presents false paradigms, package deals, and reductionist choices…” he is rightfully condemning the right as much as the left. What these two brothers have to do with anything really is beyond me. One can hardly be surprised that when we have the outrageous behavior we do in the executive office that bad behavior is going to be mirrored elsewhere.

And I’m not sure what a ‘rainbow drone’ is but I guess he felt he had to implant the too common TAC theme of all bad things lead to gays to get published or to appear clever in some way. Again, no clue as to the point.

#6 Comment By CCBaxter On March 7, 2019 @ 1:40 pm

Who?

#7 Comment By JohnT On March 7, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

Paul Brian…perhaps misspelled…perhaps Paul Brain would have been better. A pathological liar and mobster sits in our White House selling out nation to the highest bidder and Paul Brain is incensed with the nonsense of a couple of character actors. Very smart fellow that Paul Brain. Certainly has his priories well ordered!

#8 Comment By telos On March 7, 2019 @ 6:49 pm

This is a disappointing and poorly written article that fails to explain why anyone should care at all about these relative non-entities. Not up to TAC reporting standard.

#9 Comment By Fayez Abedaziz On March 7, 2019 @ 10:53 pm

First of all, whatever sides of issues are taken, lemme say that Trump can take a hike and don’t bring Obama back.
How about this for a ‘secondly’:
whatever supporters of any recent history president say, well,I support none.
That’s because both Bushes, Obama and Trump are, in reality, war criminals.
That, is more important than the bull the lovers of these politicians espouse. What, the misery of people in other countries thanks to these presidents I call bums with money, and the misery of American families that lost troops overseas is a matter that comes way back before just saying one likes this president or not? What a fake society when it comes to what’s real on a lot of the internet and social media.(which I call unsocial, as it keeps people dumbed down and peddles divisiveness) like, you know, ‘I’m this…I’m that…this identifies me …’as a…’ blah blah…’

#10 Comment By Jeeves On March 8, 2019 @ 3:32 pm

Though I never heard of the Krassensteins, and don’t keep warm by the dumpster fire that is Twitter, I thought Mr. Brian’s article, no matter how trivial the subjects, was well done. T h

#11 Comment By Gus Nelson On March 10, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

John T: Your comment makes the author’s point.