The @nytimes' editorial genius lies in finding op-ed columnists w/an exquisite degree of eloquent befuddlement. Take this 12/2015 Ross Douthat @nytimes op-ed column. By 10/2016, as I noted at the time, the Trump campaign was courting the top strategic ally of the Oath Keepers.
2) Specifically, top Trump Campaign officials and surrogates were flocking to appear on a rather obscure radio show that happened to be hosted by the Vice President of Operations of the renegade anti-federal sheriffs group CSPOA, who immediately before the 1/6 coup attempt was...
3)..in direct communication w/the head & founder of the Oath Keepers, the national anti-government paramilitary group that sent coordinated & well equipped squads into the Capital Building on January 6th 2021 in an apparent attempt to kidnap or kill top Democrats & a least one...
4)...top #Republican, Vice President Mike Pence. Indeed, the co-founder of the CSPOA has served as a *board member* of the Oath Keepers.

In this particular case, Douthat's 12/2015 @nytimes op-ed, his claim that Trump could not possibly be a fascist b/c he did not have access...
5)..paramilitary thugs to battle in the streets on is behalf served as a sort of reverse prophecy - 10 months later, Trump's people were courting forces that went beyond mere street thuggery, which played *the key role in an attempted coup that could have made Trump dictator*.
6) All of which suggests that a key job requirement for a @nytimes op-ed columnist, on the conservative side at least, is to be exactly 180 degrees wrong, and in the most absurdly exaggerated manner possible.
7) Here is my placeholder article which I published prior to the 2016 election to show I'd been closely tracking the Trump campaign's assiduous cultivation of the Oath Keepers' top strategic ally, the CSPOA. 4thgenwar.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/a-s…
8) Do a Google search, & you'll see that I scooped Rolling Stone on this connection by almost a full year. Also, one of the *repeat* guests on said radio show (hosted by CSPOA's VP) was none other than Roger Stone. Yes, *that* Roger Stone, security provided by the Oath Keepers.
9) Another even more frequent repeat guest on said radio show has been the founder & head of the Oath Keepers, who is now under federal investigation for his possible role in the January 6, 2021 coup attempt.
10) One final note - my inspiration for this little bit of horn-tooting was an inspired takedown of Douthat, at substack, from @gnrosenberg bearistotle.substack.com/p/political-pr…
11) OK, one more thing - I wonder if Ross Douthat's confidence that the "moderate" #GOP wing of the party had anything to do w/his close association with the biggest force in that equation, elite monied evangelicals. Douthat has been a repeat invited speaker at the yearly event..
12)..known as "The Gathering", whose community of billionaire & centi-millionaire philanthropists include the DeVoses, the Greens (of Hobby Lobby), the Ahmansons, and other top, strategic funders of the hard evangelical right which - until the rise of Trump, seems to have thought
13)..it had a tighter grip on the evangelical & fundamentalist rank & file than seems to have been the case. "The Gathering", the event & community, is a spinoff of "The Fellowship", which hosts the annual National Prayer Breakfast. The objective of this crowd is...
14)..global Christian hegemony, as exported from the US. Towards that end, they were working to tamp down overt racism because it got in the way of the objective - b/c most of the Earth's Christians, and its people overall, *are not white*.

Well, so much for tamping it down.

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