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22 Oct
So...Trump lent his name to a shell company that immediately went public on the strength of that name, to raise money for his new social platform, knowing that investors would short the stock because the platform will fail? Is that right?

Isn't that just "The Producers?"
I don't really understand the stonks thing, but to a layperson, that seems a lot like fraud. Right??
"Amazing. It's absolutely amazing. That under the right circumstances, a Producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit. Hmm... Yes, it's quite possible! If he were certain that the show would fail, a man could make a fortune!"
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20 Oct
Gab founder Andrew Torba is doing great, not having an antisemitic meltdown at all, thanks for asking. ImageImageImage
It feels like Andrew cares at least a little. Image
Andrew is still going, demonstrating exactly how much he doesn't care. ImageImage
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14 Oct
If this is legit, Ron Watkins filed to run in the Republican primary for the AZ1 district. That seat flipped to the Dems when it was redistricted, and hasn't had a Republican in it since. Also, Ron doesn't live in Arizona, or anywhere in the US.
I'm still very skeptical that this is a serious campaign and not a fundraising scam. This is also the seat that his conspiracy buddy Wendy Rogers ran for (and lost) in 2018. More will be revealed, I guess.
Also, a high profile run for Congress opens Ron up to a lot of questions he might not want to answer. We'll know more if he actually announces he's running.
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5 Oct
The last real asset Ron Watkins has, at least in my opinion, is the knowledge of who wrote the Q drops. So at what point does he just announce "I wrote the Q drops, and will tell my story to the first outlet that pays me?"
Ultimately, Ron cares about Ron. Remember his "election fraud video that would save the world" that was full of malware? He doesn't care if admitting he was Q sends believers into a spiral. And chances are, it won't. These people are used to being lied to.
All he has to say is "The Q drops came to me through God, I was only the conduit" and most Q believers will be totally stoked about it. Plenty of televangelists and charismatic leaders have done it before.
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5 Oct
Today is the 4th anniversary of Donald Trump's bizarre comment that casually started the dominant conspiracy theory of his presidency. I chronicle it in THE STORM IS UPON US, and am going to quote from that to tell a brief version of the story.

"On October 5, 2017, Trump called the White House press corps, who had been dismissed for the day, back to the State Dining Room. The president was holding court with top-ranking military officers and their families, enjoying the pageantry and adoration of the office..."
"And in that muddled, speaking-to-nobody-in-particular tone into which Trump so often dropped when speaking off the cuff, he casually launched a conspiracy theory that would shatter America’s brain.

“You guys know what this represents?” he asked...
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17 Sep
Antivax rallies around the world, from Chicago to Barcelona to South Africa - all using the same icongraphy and the same social media tags. This is where to look - not DC.
Why are these all in English? That's a good question, but I'd imagine it's easier to make hundreds of slightly different fliers in one language. And the antivax movement is hugely popular in English-speaking countries.
Clearly this effort to turn out worldwide protests is well-organized and funded. But that doesn't make it fake or inauthentic - if people show up to the rallies, the movement is authentic. And people show up to these rallies, we've seen it over and over.
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16 Sep
The DC lawyer indicted by QAnon hero John Durham's probe appeared zero times in the Telegram channel of any major Q promoter until news broke of his indictment. Now it's a sign that THE STORM is here. Some storm - one random guy indicted on one charge of lying to the FBI.
I can't imagine getting excited after four years of waiting for a Perkins Coie partner to get hit with one indictment. But that's why I'm not a QAnon believer, I guess.
The last time the Q faithful got this excited over nothing was when FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith got indicted for altering an email in the Russia investigation. Q even made a drop that it was the first of many indictments. He avoided prison, and just got his law license back.
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14 Sep
Col. Vindman is right, and if this story is true Gen. Milley has to resign. He had no authority to countermand a potential launch order.

Resign and tell the American people why he felt this extralegal step was needed - because Trump was losing his grip on reality.
The nuclear chain of command right now is dangerous and potentially catastrophic. Milley can be an advocate for changing it. But in January 2021, the President had the final and only authority to launch - not him.
If people want to roast me and call me a Trump lover for this, fine. But civilian control of the military is a foundational principle of the United States. Milley violated it - and the next JCOS to do so could take it a lot further.
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9 Sep
Among Twitter's trending topics are "#DoNotComply," "Dictator Biden," "King Biden," "Biden regime," #massnoncompliance" and "GO TO HELL." So you can tell that "facts not feelings" conservatives are having a little trouble keeping their meltdowns to themselves.
These are real reactions, being boosted by the biggest influencers in conservative thought and media. It's not Russian bots or troll farms. People truly believe that doing the bare minimum to protect others and themselves is tyranny to be met with violence.
Just shutting up and getting the free, safe vaccine that keeps them out of the hospital never occurs to them. Because they're special and important.
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23 Aug
This is another lie about me from a person who lies constantly about me and other journalists he dislikes. I do not have and have never created an ".ru email account."
I blocked this person months ago after he spread lies about me exchanging emails with figures in the right wing conspiracy theory world. He continues to obsessively screen grab my tweets and twist them into lies. Why he does this, only he knows for sure.
This person makes up conspiracy theories about journalists working together to harass him, and puts me at the center of it. No such conspiracy exists, and it never has. I have never conspired with anyone to do anything to this person. Again, it's lies on top of lies.
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17 Aug
Mike Flynn has a new Lonesome Rhodes-esque screed in the Western Journal, and it's another grab bag of patriotic nonsense and apocalyptic longing. A few highlights: the problem with Afghanistan is that we didn't kill enough civilians.
Here's a sentence that means...something? Did Flynn leave some words out? Declare the Islamic State...what?
China, which literally welded people inside apartments to enforce COVID quarantine, is strong for not having mask mandates.
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16 Aug
I wonder how the "Trump is still actually the real president" crew is handling the chaos in Afghanistan. Surely the 12D Chessmaster God Emperor wouldn't allow such incompetence. It must all be fake, with millions of paid actors carrying out his brilliant deception, right?
Alternatively, if "Bidan" is still technically the president but Trump is merely waiting for all the corruption to be exposed to be reinstated, why not step in now? Did Trump engineer the Taliban takeover to make "Bidan" look bad?Patel Patriot, explain this to me!
If the only thing that can get Fake President Bidan out of his fake White House is the Maricopa County audit, shouldn't Mike Lindell and his team be getting their Absolute Proof out faster? Afghanistan is on them, it seems.
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12 Aug
My latest for @dailydot, on how Devolution has become the hot new take on "Trump is actually still the president." It's needlessly convoluted, revolves around classified plans and orders, and you can buy t-shirts.

Spread out over 8 Substack posts and counting, Devolution claims the US is under the control of a secret military government while we wait for the audits to expose China and antifa teaming up to steal the election. And t-shirts.

The creator of Devolution is "Patel Patriot," an anonymous Trump die hard who has picked up 35k Telegram followers in weeks, and is making the rounds of Q influencer media to tell his incomprehensible story.

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11 Aug
Ron lives in Sapporo, Japan, so the "walk into the lion's den" will be the ten feet from his futon to his webcam. Image
What I say to myself before every fantasy football draft. Image
Beyond parody. Image
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27 Jul
Very early QAnon promoter reaction on Telegram to the Jan. 6 hearings: everything is fake, nothing you saw happened, it's all a hilarious lie. ImageImage
All fake, all a big joke. Ha ha ha. Image
Most major Q promoters are simply ignoring the January 6 hearings. The ones that aren't are mocking them as a transparent fake pushing a Soros op using antifa plants and FBI informants.

What you saw happen did not happen.
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23 Jun
This isn't a huge surprise, honestly. But that won't stop the conspiracy theories, and I'm sure McAfee has already been added to someone's Clinton Body Count list.
Minutes later, the conspiracy theories start. Image
Half a dozen major Q promoters are already muddying the waters about McAfee's death, even with nothing confirmed other than it taking place. Image
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11 Jun
Good work from @page88 on the demise of QAnon as we know it. As the mythology of Q has enmeshed itself in GOP orthodoxy, the term "QAnon" itself has been dropped by believers. They now think it was invented by the media to make truth-seekers look crazy (it wasn't.)
QAnon as we know it ended with Biden's inauguration - no prophesized mass arrest of the deep state will be carried out by its biggest puppet. But its tenets wait to be rolled into a new conspiracy movement, and the whole thing will start all over again.
QAnon believers - who are now simply mainline consumers of right wing media - now wait not for "the storm" but for "the return." They wait for Trump to come back to office and make everything okay again. A lot of people who don't identify as Q believers think it's inevitable.
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4 Jun
I'm absolutely fascinated by the mechanics of "Trump will be reinstated in August." How does any of this work? Who makes the final call? Does Pence get reinstated too? Is Biden supposed to just pack and go? What does SCOTUS do? Why didn't past presidents get "reinstated?"
Often in prophetic conspiracy theories, the details of whatever is supposed to happen shift constantly and aren't regarded as important by believers. That's because they aren't real, and therefore, they don't matter.
I understand that the threat of a coup or takeover isn't funny, and at least some Trump acolytes are taking it seriously. But it's also important to mock things that deserve mockery, even as we monitor them.
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1 Jun
It's like the Kremlin is personally trolling me with this crap.
Russia's links to QAnon (whatever that even is anymore) are still nebulous, with no compelling evidence of anything beyond early social media boosting. Americans have always excelled at being sucked in by scams and conspiracy theories, so no links are really necessary.
People get unreasonably mad at me when I point that out, and if it were different, I'd gladly say so. But that's how it is. We tend to be our own worst enemy.
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19 May
I'm not sure people are fully comprehending the political and logistical nightmare of potentially putting Donald Trump in prison.

It's not happening until it's happened. And we might not like what comes next.
A former president in prison is one thing. A former president who commands an armed and violent personality cult is something else.
Look, if the evidence is there, indict him. But it's a pandora's box inside a pandora's box. Let's be clear about the potential consequences - and the potential of limited returns (ie, he pays a fine and declares victory.)
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18 Apr
While there's no indication she had any link to QAnon, her motive for killing her children is the same as most Q-driven crimes I've seen: unshakable belief that her children were in mortal danger, and she had to stop it at any cost.

Mothers have killed their own children many times before. It never makes any sense, because it's inherently senseless. What a tragedy for everyone involved.
A lot of people are assuming this woman was a QAnon believer or obsessed with its mythology. I haven't seen any story that confirms this - only that she believed some elements of what other Q believers think. But even Q believers don't routinely kill their own kids.
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