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Trump’s Conspiracy-Laden Re-Tweet: Damaging Beyond the Obvious
“President” Trump’s weekend re-tweet of a conspiracy theory linking the Clintons is actually causing law enforcement troubles beyond the obvious takeaways. I confess, my first and only thought regarding the re-tweet didn’t entail much more than lamenting an inextricable “theory” sure to be believed by too many people. But, the problems go beyond that, according to a story within Business Insider, and noted on Daily Kos with perfectly fine, but different, analysis than here. The Business Insider reporting quoted here: “The Epstein case was hypercharged from the get-go,” one current FBI agent, who requested anonymity to freely discuss Trump’s actions, told INSIDER. “The last thing investigators need is the president of the United States fanning the flames with these bulls— theories that have no basis in reality.” Sure, we knew as much this weekend, we’re all educated folks who follow Trump’s usual cause and effects. Re-tweeting obvious nonsense does threaten to sway the public away from his troubles. So, we’re off to a good start. Another FBI agent told INSIDER that Trump’s actions make the FBI’s job harder as it combats homegrown extremism, particularly after its latest finding that conspiracy theories pose a new domestic-terrorism threat. “The FBI assesses anti-government, identity-based, and fringe political conspiracy theories very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity,” the FBI said in May. “The FBI further assesses in some cases these conspiracy theories very likely encourage the targeting of specific people, places, and organizations, thereby increasing the likelihood of violence against these targets.” Here, we must analyze, together, a more pernicious level of manipulation than I initially recognized. This does go straight to a “Pizza-Gate-like” situation, and where Bannon’s theories about the “Deep State” take their darkest turn. Beyond ridding Trump of meddlesome middle managers in administrative departments, the Deep State at its most extreme, entailed references to a group involved in international crime, a group that encompassed everything from child sex-trafficking to international interest rates. As always, according to the Trumpies, the Clintons purportedly control a significant role in this obviously ridiculous theory. The story requires Trump to represent the only real hope to end such intolerable abuses. In other words, this is all Qanon, with details, in a regular-insane re-tweet, splashed out in sunshine, not hidden in dark corners of the internet. That the FBI is, once again, noting the possible homegrown terrorism result is reassuring. I guarantee the Secret Service has increased its vigilance in guarding the former president and secretary of state. I worry about how they sleep at night. Let us take our analysis one step further. “Propaganda” in its most effective form does not represent a plot to get a population to believe any one thing. No, propaganda, when most effective, leads a majority of the population to simply give up on the very idea that there exists a “truth.” “Fake news” anyone? I guarantee that Trump was coached in propaganda, likely by Russians, who are the world’s leading experts in this science. And it is most definitely a science, studied thoroughly. Thus, propaganda’s ultimate goal is to lead a good portion of the public to believe that all “stories” are manipulated by opposing sides who give their slant to everything. So, having said that, we now come to a spot where we […]