Why Trump's Dominion conspiracy theory is so deeply odd

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  one week ago  •  4 comments

Why Trump's Dominion conspiracy theory is so deeply odd
Naturally, Trump's tweet was quickly discredited -- the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at Trump's own Department of Homeland Security has explained that the scenario just isn't possible -- but as the president's response has grown more manic, his fixation on Dominion has gotten creepier.

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As the third week of Donald Trump's defiance of the election results gets underway, the outgoing president is peddling lies at an extraordinary pace, even by his standards. The New York Times noted yesterday that Trump has posted "over 300 tweets attacking the integrity of the 2020 election since election night, unleashing a cascade of false and misleading claims."
One, however, stands out as especially odd.

As we recently discussed, Dominion Voting Systems is a company that makes election software for state and local government officials. It's generally not widely known to the public at large, though Trump took steps to change that last week with a hysterical, all-caps tweet. Apparently responding to something he saw on a far-right television station, the outgoing president highlighted a "report" that Dominion "deleted" and "switched" millions of Republican votes. It was the sort of tweet one might expect from a fringe conspiracy theorist with a handful of Twitter followers, except in this case, the missive was published by the ostensible leader of the free world.

Naturally, Trump's tweet was quickly discredited -- the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at Trump's own Department of Homeland Security has explained that the scenario just isn't possible -- but as the president's response has grown more manic, his fixation on Dominion has gotten creepier. Part of what makes this line of attack so strange is how little sense it makes. Among Dominion's customers are reliably "red" states that Trump won easily. What's more, Florida and Ohio -- two ostensible battlegrounds -- also use Dominion equipment, and Republicans cruised to big wins in those states, up and down the ballot. If the company were part of a nefarious election plot, it didn't execute its scheme especially well.

It's also strange to see Trump focus on the fact that Dominion equipment includes some Chinese components. The same can be said about the phone the president keeps in his pocket. That doesn't make the president -- or Apple -- a player in some kind of ill-defined election conspiracy. But that's not all. NBC News reported, for example, on how adherents of the crackpot QAnon conspiracy theory helped this nonsense reach Trump in the first place.  Making matters just a little worse, Rudy Giuliani was on Fox News the other day, spinning a bizarre tale that tied together Dominion, China, Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and "a big supporter of antifa." After noting that Giuliani's argument is "utterly, utterly bonkers," Jon Chait added:

Donald Trump, who's never met a conspiracy theory he didn't like, is taking all of this quite seriously. You, however, should not.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one week ago

Trump and his supporters don't care if what they say is true, or crazy, they just want chaos. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one week ago
Trump and his supporters don't care if what they say is true, or crazy, they just want chaos

Just like Kerry supporters in 2004 with Diebold and Clinton supporters believing Russia tampered with votes.   

It is surprising to see Republicans acting like Democrats, I'll give you that. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago

When I got to and read this line....

"It's also strange to see Trump focus on the fact that Dominion equipment includes some Chinese components."

....I burst out laughing.  Thanks, John, for my first big laugh of the day. 

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
2.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    one week ago

Yup. 

It sounds like a text for a stand-up comedian. 

 
 
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