Another day, another conspiracy theory, right? Was America ever sane? I’m thinking that if somebody was born, say around 2009 and they were in grade school when the 2016 election happened and this level of sheer insanity that we call reality nowadays is all that they ever knew, are these young people ever going to know the difference?
Will they ever know that America used to be a pretty decent and calm place to live, for the most part. We weren’t divided into two warring tribes and our political figures, while diverse and certainly imperfect, flat out never lied to us on a daily basis like we have seen a certain spray-tanned creature and his coterie do. Now this lie really is out there.
That’s a screenshot right off of Truth Social. And so is this, which is right beneath it.
@EdonaJoly is the poster who posted the top clip. Now what I did was hit the link and it goes to a page which may or may not be Telegram. But when you click on Join The Channel, nothing happens. So I have no idea who is doing what with this.
I share this here because this is indicative of how crazy it is on Truth Social and Twitter/X is marginally saner, but not all that much since Elon let so many people go who kept the place running like a Swiss watch. In all fairness, there is some moderation/community notes, but not nearly enough to support a platform of that size.
I’m going to watch Truth Social and see if Devin Nunes manages to get this dealt with or taken down or if it just sits in Trump’s timeline polluting whatever small credibility might be there. [NOTE: I went back at 5:56 p.m. PT and it had been deleted. I posted this story at 5:04 p.m. PT, which means I must have seen it around 4:04 p.m. PT, because it probably took me an hour to write the post. Who knows how long before that that it was up?]
This is social media in 2024. This is Truth Social. And emphatically, this is Donald Trump. There’s an old expression, “A lie can travel halfway around the world before Truth has had a chance to get its boots on.” This is how crazy conspiracy theories start. This is how QAnon got started and look at what it became.
QAnon filled a void. It gave low information/no information people a place to get some information that was not only factual, but exciting and mysterious as well. It appealed to people who were isolated and pretty much out of touch with normal information outlets and what the yous and mes might call normal conversation.
QAnon appealed to the shut in, the misanthrope, the outcast — as does MAGA in general. QAnon is a poisonous doctrine, yet Donald Trump would not denounce it, because “they’ve said very nice things about me.” And that’s his yardstick. That is not a sufficient yardstick for a person who wants to lead a nation of 330 million people.