"The conspiratorial thinking that QAnon represents has become mainstreamed in the party."
Oh for the days when I thought tales of the Illuminati were wild . . .
"The value that I provide is kind of boiling [a hearing] down into maybe half dozen clips… People who don't have the time to watch can kind of get caught up and see the key moments."
I think of you as a curator of the unpalatable for those of us that don't have the stomach to wade through all the bullshit. A valuable service for which I thank you.
Suspicion is a problem in America in large part because of the lack of trust in the news media, which has been called "the enemy of the people" and "the enemy of the state" by Trump. It's human psychology that's an intrinsic part of cult indoctrination, to sow distrust and replace it with cult ideology, which is accepted by converts despite its outlandishness. Look at history for proof, and you don't have to look far.
Cults tend to also target the angry, disenfranchised and those made vulnerable by a recent loss - of a loved one, a job, or simple disillusionment with life. If Trump manages to draw more people to Q-Anon, he will build an almost ironclad voter base, and in bigger numbers. His purpose in displaying QAnon memes and playing their music (and lending his name and photo to QAnon posters) is to recruit people to QAnon and thereby to his voter base. It's brilliant in its insanity.
Writing from the (relieved) comfort of Australia I get some hope that if the Q faction is becoming mainstreamed in the Republican party it can't do the Republican party any good and if Trump is feeling the need to play to this faction he must feel his position is weakening...But if the putative leader of the Australian opposition was clearly signalling he was OK with a group as whacky and plain nasty as Q....I'd be in a cold sweat. Stay strong sensible Americans!
There are these people out there, whose main "thing" is conspiracy, anti government (or whatever). Q gathers these souls into a group. Trump is blatantly going for leadership. Q seemed to have needed one so charismatic. It's a good fit. The Q content or various theories do not seem as important as these people having a home. The Q, the hand signal, music, and now, big deal, a former president as leader who attracts the media, is a big boost for them.
I think- or maybe it's just a hope- this goes nowhere. It's an amusement to watch these loonies. But it does show us something about ourselves, humanity. In a democracy we need to be concerned, aware, and keep an eye on it, but it's got a right to be. Trump (and other GOP members) allying with Q shows us more about craven opportunism. It it sidelines Trump (and his hangers) further. It shows desperation.
My question is where will his portrait hang? In our hallowed halls?
Congrats on the Pujols moment!! So cool.