2018-08-04 04:44:23 UTC
And aggrieved, and paranoid, and thrilled to have An Answer that explains
everything about the world they hate and tells them Trump is great and theyre
pretty good, too.
Conspiracies are hard. They're even harder when you're stupid.
They are, however, deeply compelling. Some people need a single, grand unifying
theory of why the world refuses to line up with their expectations. When
difficult realities confront people without the intellectual horsepower to
understand and accept the truth, some turn to conspiracy theories to paper over
the holes in their worldview. No matter how absurd, baroque, and improbable,
conspiracies grow on their own like mental kudzu where inconsistencies aren't
signs of illogical conclusions, but of another, deeper layer of some hidden
truth, some skein of powerful forces holding the world in its grip.
After Trump's rally in Tampa this week, the notorious QAnon scam became
America's conspiracy of the moment. And why not? In the face of Donald Trump's
daily meltdowns, mood swings, and unmedicated rage episodes in which he lashes
out at every target in reach, his base is desperately looking for a version of
reality that gives them some comfort and stability.
This Q conspiracy is filling the political bloodstream of the Trumpentariat and
has been bubbling up inside the right for the last few months, and while Will
Sommer and others have covered the story, there seemed to be a media shock
moment after the Qbots showed up at Trumps Tampa rally.
Conspiracies -- this one in particular -- give their devotees a sense of
coherence that is lacking in everything Trump does. QAnon presents Donald Trump
as the character he plays on TV; bold, commanding, strategic, and brilliant...as
opposed to the real Donald Trump, who displays the dignity, intelligence, and
honesty of a strip-club tout with tertiary syphilis.
In Q's world, Donald Trump is courageously leading an effort to round up and
punish -- I'm not exaggerating -- tens of thousands of child predators who
occupy the highest reaches of government. Q and Don, side by side, doling out
the secret knowledge to the new elite. Instead of getting a clearance, all you
need to do is check out 4chan, Reddit, or YouTube.
Some even believe Q composes these messages for their eager consumption and
interpretation at Trump's direction, the amanuensis to an orange Nostradamus
whose quatrains appear on the same image boards that feature bronie porn, hentai
spank-bank material, and tween Neo-Nazi shitposter incels, instead of penned on