In These Times - October 30, 2020
"The possibility of Trump declaring victory before all of the votes are counted in an anti-democratic power grab has been a concern in Democratic circles for months, but the president’s former chief strategist previewing such an outcome gives it fresh credence. And, Bannon continued, “Once we set that predicate that Trump’s the winner on Election Day, that is mighty hard to unwind… He [Trump] is not going to go quietly into that good night, trust me.”
America’s fractured realities are now center stage. Just tour some of the major stories being spun through groomed algorithms into news feeds across the country:
There’s the Tucker Carlson-fueled scandal claiming the Covid-19 virus was actually created in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, potentially for use as a “bioweapon.” Then there are tales of a “coming coup” that Democrats are allegedly planning after the election — a theory pushed by a former Trump national security adviser and circulated across extremist online communities claiming a sea of “harvested ballots” will be used to steal the presidency from Donald Trump. And, more darkly, there are charges that Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son, is somehow involved in a child sex torture trafficking ring — a conspiracy that’s been speculated upon not just by conservative pundits but also sitting Republican members of Congress.
Such is a sampling of the messaging strategy being carried out by lackeys of the Trump campaign ahead of Election Day 2020, a barrage of false accusations that sidestep the disastrous record of the incumbent president and instead seek to portray his Democratic opponent Joe Biden as both wicked and a threat to the American way of life.
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