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Flat Earth conference attendees explain how they have been brainwashed by YouTube and Infowars

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President Donald Trump surveyed wildfire damage in California over the weekend, but when asked if it has changed his opinion on climate change, the president touted the “science” of things people have told him. Meanwhile, halfway across the country, science doubters met to tout their own ignorance.

The Daily Beast interviewed attendees at the Denver, Colorado “Flat Earth Conference” where some attendees adopted familar Trump attacks, reframed to allude to their conspiracy.

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“It’s globalism,” explained Julie Simons. When the president attacks globalism, it typically is an anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic dog whistle.

“Globalism,” she said again, drawing a circle with her hand. She meant literally, a globe.

Her husband Scott proudly proclaimed, “in five years, everyone will know the Earth is flat” and the knowledge will bring about a kind of “societal collapse” because everything stems from a spherical understanding of the Earth.

At the conference, Flat-Earthers told The Beast that there aren’t a certain type of intercontinental flights, which the reporter had actually been on twice.

Flat-Earth conspiracies require a series of additional theories to maintain their belief. When astronauts take to space, views of the Earth are not only obvious but there is recorded proof. So, some Flat-Earthers believe the moon landing never happened. One panelist at the conference claimed NASA had ties to Nazis.

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YouTube star Logan Paul was one of the conference’s keynote speakers, despite not believing that the Earth is flat.

“I consider myself a man of truth,” Paul told the crowd. “Someone who hates being ignorant. I guess I’m not ashamed to say my name is Logan Paul and I think I’m coming out of the Flat Earth closet.”

The Beast reporter saw Paul earlier in the conference practicing his speech through chuckles about the “belief.”

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Many attendees came to the opinion based on YouTube videos.

“It came on autoplay,” said Joshua Swift. “So I didn’t actively search for Flat Earth. Even months before, I was listening to Alex Jones.”

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Brothers Michael and Daniel Flores were at the conference, but Daniel explained he was really just there for the ride. YouTube was a powerful tool for Michael, but Daniel called it selective bias based on the videos Mike seeks out.

“You’re not getting any astrophysicist videos,” Daniel noted.

Mike explained his website was spoofed by an adversary who has InfoWars ads running on it, a GoFundme and sells Flat-Earth merchandise. Mike’s accusations are similar to others’, making it seem like at least one small group of men were all impersonating themselves on YouTube.

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Reading through the description of attendees paints a picture of a group that has key things in common: almost everything is a conspiracy and everything you know is a lie, none have a science background and many seem to be InfoWars viewers.


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MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika reveal why Trump likely ignored startlingly accurate COVID-19 memos

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked President Donald Trump for apparently ignoring startlingly accurate warnings from trade adviser Peter Navarro about the coronavirus pandemic.

Navarro's memos were circulated at the highest levels of government in January and February, but the president downplayed the virus until early March, when statewide lockdowns started wrecking the U.S. economy.

"In one worst-case scenario cited in the memo, Navarro warned that more than half a million Americans could die, and, yet, weeks after that, you had Donald Trump at rallies saying that in April when it warms up, this will miraculously go away," Scarborough said. "Put this in context with, I suppose you could say with 9/11, the memos warning of al-Qaeda attacks using airplanes, maybe missed signals FDR didn't pick up on before Pearl Harbor. I really don't know, though, what parallel there can be, because so many more people are going to die because of these missed signals."

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‘One failure after another’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts tragic COVID-19 mistakes Trump keeps trying to deny

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough lamented the repeated failures and missed opportunities by President Donald Trump as he faced the coronavirus outbreak.

The "Morning Joe" host criticized the president for claiming it was not the federal government's job to test Americans for the virus, and instead shifted responsibility to the states and their governors.

"This is a perfect 'the buck stops here' contrast with Donald Trump, saying, 'I am not responsible,'" Scarborough said. "What we can talk about is ventilators, the national Defense Production Act. We could talk about all the ways that Donald Trump keeps trying to pass the buck, keeps trying to say, 'I'm not responsible.'"

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REVEALED: Another GOP senator invested in medical equipment company same day as COVID-19 briefing

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that a Republican Georgia senator invested in a medical equipment company on the same day they received a briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic -- and this time it's not Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).

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