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...in the middle of it, Trump! ...in the middle of it, Trump!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2020-10-06 10:30:03
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I don’t know with what wirds future historians will characterize our era but I’m sure they are going to use often the words misinformation and conspiracy theories. A common element between those two words - and many others – has been from the beginning of his presidential pathway, Donald Trump. The man is like a magnet for conspiracy theories and misinformation regardless the fact that he is not always in the centre of them.

tru001_400The very popular in the far-right or among Republican congressmen conspiracy theory of  QAnon, (a far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a cabal of Satan-worshiping paedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring is plotting against President Donald Trump, who is battling against the cabal and that Trump is planning a day of reckoning known as "The Storm" in which thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested.) is all about Trump and ironically wins more and more people in all the Republican and conservative spectrum.

The key word in most of these conspiracy theories – apart to their far fetching from any kind of reality – is the fact that they thrive in the far-right. And the further right the more believers. The centre-left and in general the left and Democrats – usually victims of all these conspiracies – have kept away without that meaning that they don’t have their share in conspiracy theories. They do but usually they are more a product of paranoia with elements of true not the nightmare of sociopath mythomaniacs paranoids like the QAnon conspiracy seems to be.

Yet, the conspiracy spirit of Donald Trump could not leave Democrats and the left untouched. He literally grubbed them from the neck and pulled them into his game.

“Trump is ill” and “the president got coronavirus” made break-news and headlines in seconds when it was first announced and his departure from the White House to the hospital was globally nearly live transmitted. I’m sure even wars stopped to se Trump walking to the helicopter door.

So here it was the president who denies science and often laughed at coronavirus experts calling them alarmists without cause. The man who refused to wear a mask and mocked his opponent for wearing one, victim of the coronavirus. What an irony!

But soon it was not an irony anymore; it turned to be a paradox. You see in a very twisted way it was like the little boy who cried wolf. It was so huge the irony that didn’t seem real and when it comes to a man who constantly lies, then… conspiracy theories flooded Democrats and the left.

“Is a publicity stand”, said one. “He tries to make people feel sorry for him” came another one. “He pretends he is ill and then in a couple of days he will show strong and healthy to show that he has the …blessing and attract Evangelicals and religious rednecks.” And the more said the more came. It was CAnon instead of the QAnon with – of course – Trump in the middle of it.

For the only thing I'm grateful is the fact that I'm not going to ...read what future historians are going to write about this era! 


     
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