King Grifter and conspiracy quack Alex Jones is now promising that although his revolution has lost at every turn it doesn’t matter anyway because the End of the World is nigh.— Jason Kessler (@TheMadDimension) December 12, 2020
My favorite part of the cult documentaries are when the asteroid doesn’t hit
3:16 – the “QAnon Shaman” (real name Jacob Chansley) is addressing a crowd pic.twitter.com/0jAQvPggd0— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) January 16, 2021
At 2:14 p.m., the rioters chase an officer to the top of the stairs, where entrances to the Senate chamber are in both directions. Video filmed by @igorbobic shows the officer leading rioters one way, where backup arrives. The police inside the chamber are still locking doors. pic.twitter.com/WVj8Oqg5fY— Haley Willis (@heytherehaIey) January 12, 2021
“Attempted coup” pic.twitter.com/07mvbN0bE5— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) January 17, 2021
The drop off in GOP turnout from Nov to Jan was driven by Trump and most prominently in areas represented by Doug Collins and Marjorie Taylor Greene. These folks cost the GOP two senate seats and control of the Senate. Giving Biden and Dems a free hand. #gapol pic.twitter.com/TnmuV1CO9U— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) January 16, 2021
Exactly this ? pic.twitter.com/FLaKpTobad— ??p??????uu?? (@VinVSouthRising) January 17, 2021
For once, I more or less agree.
“Eugene Goodman is an American hero. At a pivotal moment on January 6, the veteran United States Capitol Police officer single-handedly prevented untold bloodshed. Staring down an angry, advancing mob, he retreated up a marble staircase, calmly wielding his baton to delay his pursuers while calling out their position to his fellow officers. At the top of the steps, still alone and standing just a few yards from the chamber where senators and Vice President Mike Pence had been certifying the Electoral College’s vote, Goodman strategically lured dozens of the mayhem-minded away from an unguarded door to the Senate floor.
The leader of that flank of the mob, later identified by the FBI as Douglas Jensen, wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a red-white-and-blue Q—the insignia of the delusional QAnon conspiracy theory. Its supporters believe that a righteous Donald Trump is leading them in a historic quest to expose the U.S. government’s capture by a global network of cannibalistic pedophiles: not just “deep state” actors in the intelligence community, but Chief Justice John Roberts and a dozen-plus senators, including me. Now Trump’s own vice president is supposedly in on it, too. According to the FBI, Jensen “wanted to have his T-shirt seen on video so that ‘Q’ could ‘get the credit.’
Why are conspiratards thriving on the Left and Right though? Why is the problem getting worse? We’ve gone from Obama’s birth certificate to the Capitol Siege in ten years.
It is because we live under a neoliberal oligarchy in which the people no longer really have a voice in the two party system. As we are about to see again, there is more continuity than change between administrations. The system is rigged against ordinary people. They vote and nothing ever changes because the big donors buy the policy agenda and get served first. The lack of trust in everything is why conspiracy theories flourish. Why else would a conservative mob storm Congress?
The fact is, that mob stormed Congress because it was angry with people like Ben Sasse and Mitch McConnell. As we saw on display with the $2,000 checks issue, Republican politicians aren’t interested in representing and delivering what the overwhelming majority of their own voters want. When they were forced to chose between the donor class and 80% of Republican voters, they chose the donor class. Donald Trump was elected president to reform the Republican Party and institutional conservatism and its donor network refused to do so and used the Trump presidency to advance their unpopular agenda.
This is why Republican voters now listen to people like Q and his prophecies, not Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse or Mitch McConnell. They figure maybe the QAnon Shaman has a point and we ought to follow his lead and storm Congress and arrest all of Donald Trump’s enemies. Maybe Alex Jones is right about the globalist pedophiles and implantable microchips. It would have been far easier to work it out with people like us who had reasonable and popular demands four years ago but that moment has passed.
The Lord works in mysterious ways. Losing the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate and being overrun by the craziest and most deluded people in your own party chanting “Hang Mike Pence” is the price these people are paying for blocking Trump’s MAGA agenda.