Last updated on September 22, 2020
More Trump lies as he puts two days into Nevada.
Trump claims there were "tens of thousands of people on the streets" lining his motorcade route to the rally tonight.
That's a lie.
I was in the motorcade. There were onlookers at different points on the 45-minute drive. But not tens of thousands. Not even thousands.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) September 13, 2020
Scenes from Nevada Trump open air rally still to begin. State covid restrictions limit gatherings to 50 but disregarded here. pic.twitter.com/sbnQyALzpt
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) September 13, 2020
Definitely closer in the live interview polls than say it was a month ago… But the fact is that Biden still holds a clear advantage. pic.twitter.com/h1PWNi9z65
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) September 13, 2020
Here's a sitting U.S. congressman retweeting a defense of QAnon. pic.twitter.com/J9fZbKMbBL
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) September 13, 2020
On a cigarette break outside their small business in Ozaukee County, Tina Arthur and Marcella Frank told me they plan to vote for Trump again because they are deeply alarmed by “the cabal.” They’ve heard “numerous reports” that the COVID-19 tents set up in New York and California were actually for children who had been rescued from underground sex-trafficking tunnels.
Arthur and Frank explained they’re not followers of QAnon. Frank says she spends most of her free time researching child sex trafficking, while Arthur adds that she often finds this information on the Russian-owned search engine Yandex. Frank’s eyes fill with tears as she describes what she’s found: children who are being raped and tortured so that “the cabal” can “extract their blood and drink it.” She says Trump has seized the blood on the black market as part of his fight against the cabal.
“I think if Biden wins, the world is over, basically,” adds Arthur. “I would honestly try to leave the country. And if that wasn’t an option, I would probably take my children and sit in the garage and turn my car on and it would be over.”
The rise in conspiratorial thinking is the product of several interrelated trends: declining trust in institutions; demise of local news; a social-media environment that makes rumor easy to spread and difficult to debunk; a President who latches onto anything and anyone he thinks will help his political fortunes. It’s also a part of our wiring. “The brain likes crazy,” says Nicco Mele, the former director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, who studies the spread of online disinformation and conspiracies. Because of this, experts say, algorithms on platforms like Facebook and YouTube are designed to serve up content that reinforces existing beliefs–learning what users search for and feeding them more and more extreme content in an attempt to keep them on their sites.
"For the … organizations that have spent years or decades combating the sexual exploitation of children, QAnon’s insidious surge in popularity and the endless trafficking-related conspiracy theories it circulates have created a dangerous distraction." https://t.co/QmWI1GOBHW
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) September 13, 2020
BOOM: Mike Bloomberg will spend at least $100 million in Florida to benefit Joe Biden. If Biden wins Florida, he will be the next President of the United States.
— Andrea Junker ® (@Strandjunker) September 13, 2020
What in the world happened to hope? Hope is virtue, not a feeling. And if we want to move forward, we have no alternative but to embrace it.
Sure, it’s a gloomy time, but there’s a strong and, yes, realistic case for rejecting political despair.
My column https://t.co/DIIYt1LULE
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) September 13, 2020
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