Trumpism And Support For Trump Is Built On Lies And Endless Conspiracy Theories And Disinformation
by John Russell
A conservative Republican congressman named Sean Duffy was on Jake Tapper's sunday show this morning. Of course, per the news of the day he was asked to comment on the admission the other day by White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney that aid was withheld from Ukraine in an effort to get the new Ukranian government to investigate the 2016 election and the "server".
Mulvaney : “Did he also mention to me in the past that the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that. But that’s it and that’s why we held up the money.”
Mulvaney, directly admitted that "we held up the money" because Trump wanted an investigation of the "DNC server" in relation to Ukraine.
Congressman Duffy told Jake Tapper that Trump and Mulvaney's position was acceptable because all they want to do is get to the bottom of what happened with the DNC server in 2016.
The reference to the "DNC server" is, bluntly, a direct reference to the conspiracy theory that Russia did not hack the Democratic National Committee's emails in 2016, but rather that it was an inside job by someone like the murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, and that a Ukranian individual helped to cover up this fact through his company Crowdstrike. Crowdstrike was hired by the DNC to investigate the hacking.
Now, let's realize something. The government of the United States has OFFICIALLY rejected Trump's conspiracy theory about Ukraine and the DNC server. Robert Mueller indicted something like 15 Russians , including Russian military officers, for the DNC hack. Robert Mueller totally dismisses the Seth Rich theory . He solved the case. The Russians did it. The indictments of the Russians contain elaborate detail of exactly how and when it was done.
Mueller's findings were accepted by the Department of Justice and the indictments of the Russians for the DNC hack are still in force. The case, in the sense of the US government not knowing what happened, is over.
But Trump watches and listens to ,and reads tweets from, far right conspiracy mongers, certainly on a regular basis if not a daily basis. So he wants the "DNC server" investigated. He accepts the part of the Mueller report that concluded he did not conspire with the Russians during the 2016 campaign, but he does not accept the part of the Mueller report that conclusively determined that Russia hacked the DNC server.
He has actually and literally taken a debunked conspiracy theory onto the WORLD stage, and in doing so has humiliated this country.
What has happened to America over the past 3 years is a deepening acceptance of nonsense on the part of Trump supporters. We now have the chief of staff of the president of the United States supporting the investigation of debunked conspiracy theories. We have US congressmen coming on national news programs and suggesting that debunked conspiracy theories need to be investigated based on the whim of Donald Trump.
One of the defenses Trumpsters advance for his desire for a quid pro quo with Ukraine is that it wasnt about Biden it was about the 2016 election. As if that makes it better. If anything, it makes it nuttier. And more embarrassing, and more alarming. This is a man who is in the grip of the worst parts of social media. Trump believes in numerous conspiracy theories, and as the president of the United States and the head of a cult of personality that reveres him, he has the "power" to compel millions of people to repeat these conspiracy theories on the national and world stage. This is madness.