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Claims that 'QAnon is dead' are premature -- the conspiracy cult is evolving into something even worse: report
As the U.S. Capitol was being attacked on Jan. 6, Mike Rothschild was finishing up his book "The Storm is Upon Us," his book about the QAnon conspiracy cult. Speaking to VICE News, Rothschild said that the events of Jan. 6 were a culmination of lies and conspiracy theories that had been spreading online since Donald Trump's surge to the presidency.
"Once I realized what was going on and how connected to QAnon [the Capitol riot] was, I realized I had to throw out the entire introduction I'd already written and completely rewrite the first chapter," Rothschild said.
"The central thing to understand about QAnon is that the QAnon that existed from October 2017 to January 2021 is done," Rothschild said. "There is no storm, there's not going to be a great awakening, Joe Biden is not going to enact a purge of the deep state. That's over. There's no more Q drops, you know that most of the big Q promoters have been run off of popular social media. So all of that is done."
But despite claims of the decline of QAnon's influence, Rothschild says the conspiracy theory's adherents "are still hanging on to this idea of this great change event, making everything better."
"It's just that what that event is has changed. For three-and-a-half-years, it was Donald Trump is going to tweet that the storm is upon us, the indictments are going to be unsealed, the arrests are going to happen, the worst people are going to be hanged on TV or whatever, and everything's going to be great," he said.
According to Rothschild, the true threat of QAnon is how it's moved from a fringe movement to an increasingly mainstream presence in American politics.
"You have a major party in this country where the majority of the people who are in this party do not think that the President was legitimately elected," he said.
"I'm very concerned about true believers, getting to a point where they realize that Donald Trump is not going to be the president. And they're going to take it out on somebody."
Read the full interview over at VICE News.
Jen Psaki whacks Jim Jordan's complaint about gas prices with a reminder of Trump's disastrous economic record
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Monday complained about gas prices being higher now than they were a year ago -- and got promptly shut down by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Writing on Twitter, Jordan complained that the average price of gas now is just over $3 a gallon, while it was only $2.21 per gallon a year ago.
What Jordan failed to mention, of course, is that gas was so cheap because the COVID-19 pandemic had left tens of millions of Americans unemployed and stuck at home.
"You forgot to mention that gas prices are the same now as they were in June 2018," Psaki informed him. "Or that this time last year unemployment was 11.1% -- today it's 5.8%."
For good measure, Psaki also whacked Jordan over Republicans' proposals to pay for the president's infrastructure package by raising the gas tax.
"[President Biden] agrees families shouldn't pay more at the pump -- that's why he's opposed to GOP proposals to raise the gas tax," she wrote.
Russia's president Vladimir Putin pulled off a propaganda victory against the U.S. with the unwitting assistance of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Pro-Kremlin pundits telegraphed the move on Russian media ahead of Putin's sit-down interview with NBC News reporter Keir Simmons in advance of his first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, drawing false parallels between his suspected involvement in the murders of his critics and the Capitol police killing of a Jan. 6 insurrectionist, reported The Daily Beast's Julia Davis.
"[Biden] is planning to tell us about [Alexei] Navalny and we will tell him about the woman shot on Jan. 6 at the Capitol," said Olga Skabeeva, host of Russian TV show 60 Minutes, on June 1.
Putin raised the same question 10 days later with Simmons, and then during a Geneva news conference on June 16 compared Navalny's poisoning with the police killing of Donald Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt as she tried to climb through a broken window into House chambers during the U.S. Capitol riot.
"About my opponents being jailed or imprisoned. People went into the U.S. Congress with political demands," Putin told reporters, "400 people now facing criminal charges... On what grounds? Not quite clear... One of the participants, a woman, was shot dead on the spot. She was not threatening anything."
Carlson played Putin's remarks on his Fox News program and expressed he agreed.
"Now, under normal circumstances, we would never play tape of a foreign adversary criticizing our government, but, honestly, those are fair questions," Carlson told viewers. "Vladimir Putin knows authoritarian systems very well, and he sees clearly what is happening in this country."
Russian media hailed Carlson's broadcast as a propaganda victory, and Putin enjoys higher approval than Biden among Trump voters, according to a recent poll.
"Putin knew whom he was talking to and his message was heard," boasted pro-Kremlin host Vladimir Soloviev on his own show. "This is Fox News and its very popular program—one of its highest-rated programs. Republicans listened and couldn't help but agree... Putin was heard and what he said hit the bullseye."
Soloviev is already thinking out loud about drawing QAnon adherents to Moscow for a Russia-funded visit, and other pro-Kremlin propagandists cheered Carlson's delivery of their message to Fox News viewers."This is a good illustration of the thesis as to whether we should be influencing public opinion in America," said Russian political scientist Sergey Mikheyev. "Yes, of course we should — of course! The question is how to do it and which resources to use. Without a doubt, we should be using any existing divisions. Sometimes I hear, 'What's in it for us?' and I will cynically tell you: whatever harms them benefits us. That is terrible but true."
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