I consider myself a skeptic, a conspiracy theorist, whatever you call someone who doubts every word that comes from the government. And yes, I voted for our 45th President, Donald J. Trump. And I’ll tell you what, I’m not even close to the only “skeptic” who found myself selecting President Trump in the voting booth on November 8th.
So let’s try to understand what a skeptic or conspiracy theorist is, how the community reacts, and look at data in order to see whether or not they affected the election. That is a hard task, because an undeniable fact is that conspiracy theories are now mainstream with Donald Trump as President. Whether it’s bible-hugging Republicans shouting that Planned Parenthood isn’t the great service for women’s health it claims to be, or the recent hysteria from Democrats that President Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin, the mainstream of American politics is divisive rhetoric about the alleged conduct of their peers on the other side of the isle. Maybe unchecked and rampant corruption along with overgrown shadowy bureaucracies has gotten us to this point, which is a sad state of affairs if so. Maybe this is what pushed more people to become skeptics and some tin-foil wearers to come out from their bunkers and into the light of mainstream politics.
Many have argued that “fake news” perpetuated by Russia and “conspiracy theorists” on social media swayed the election against Clinton. In fact that narrative is just not the case, just the opposite is true. According to a Stanford University study, the two most believed “fake news” stories were in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The two fake news stories most widely believed in the study, as Empty Wheel noted, happened to be pro-Clinton articles. The first was a false claim perpetuated by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that Rep. Jeff Denham helped broker a real estate deal turning a government owned building into a luxury Trump hotel, and the second—stemming from Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald—claimed Wikileaks was releasing fake emails to damage Clinton’s campaign. The study did not include how many people believed the commonly cited, false claim that the Wikileaks emails were fabricated, which MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Malcolm Nance, Kurt Eichenwald, and the Democratic leadership disseminated to their support bases. It’s ironic that the Clinton partisans who have decried fake news and used it to avoid accountability for Clinton’s election loss have been the most effective propagators of fake news when it serves their political agenda.
Coming into this article assuming that conspiracy theorists spread fake news in order to get President Donald Trump elected would be the wrong idea. This article does not give any credence to that narrative. One fact is certain: the President of the United States reads InfoWars.com. Yes, popular radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones had an exclusive 30 minute interview with candidate Donald Trump during the campaign. Alex Jones was one of many people who President Trump called after winning the presidency. InfoWars in the past has supported a few (what they deam) patriots who serve in our government, such as libertarian-Republicans like Justin Amash, Ron, and Rand Paul. Dr. Ron Paul ran for president many times during his congressional career. Aside from angering both parties and having a massive grassroots support, Ron Paul’s main rallying cry was to “Audit” or “End the Fed.” He even wrote a book on it. What did Donald Trump tweet?
It is so important to audit The Federal Reserve, and yet Ted Cruz missed the vote on the bill that would allow this to be done.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2016
Questioning the Federal Reserve is something that is all but banned in the swamp of our nation’s capital. Hillary Clinton hit out at [candidate] Donald Trump for commenting on the Federal Reserve.
You should not be commenting on Fed actions when you are either running for president or you are president. Words have consequences. Words move markets. Words can be misinterpreted. Words can have effects on people’s 401ks, their pension funds, their stock portfolios.
I’m not going to comment on Trump’s comment, other than to say that he should not be trying to talk up or talk down the economy and he shouldn’t be adding the Fed to the long list of institutions and individuals that he is maligning.
There was also a short instance where the media (via narrative plugged by David Brock’s Media Matters) was attempting to call Candidate Trump’s powerful speeches and advertisement that calls out “bankers” and globalists as “anti-Semitic.” That’s pretty prejudice, assuming someone is talking about people of Jewish descent when talking about bankers. That narrative didn’t last long, in order to not shed light onto the globalists Candidate Trump was talking about.
That ad I mentioned is what put me over the edge. I knew he was the real deal. I went from believing he was the lesser of two evils to being the only one who can save us from being controlled by the un-elected Deep State and stop our dangerous march towards open-border globalism. For many, like Alex Jones, President Trump was their candidate of choice for a long time. He has other tweets, speeches, and more that shows he really does know what is going on, or is at least willing to question the mainstream narrative.
What pushed so many “skeptics” to President Trump may not have been anything he was done, it was that he was the only one standing in the way of Hillary Clinton becoming the most powerful woman in the world. Hillary Clinton, to many skeptics, is the embodiment of all that is wrong with globalism, politics, and corruption. The DNC Leaks and the Podesta e-mails sent many Bernie Sanders supporters away from Hillary Clinton. Most importantly, it got the skeptics out from their prepper bunkers and into the voting booth. Why? What would some boring political campaign e-mails show?
- The DNC Primaries were rigged for Hillary Clinton. Many skeptics already figured that mainstream political parties keep out fringe and anti-establishment candidates, but these emails proved it. Many have accused Wikileaks of being partisan and not releasing RNC e-mails. I welcome someone to leak those emails if they have them, it would most likely show the RNC trying to stop Trump’s momentum and keep him from getting the nomination.
- That globalism was just about to become the supreme law of the land.
My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.
Yes, Hillary Clinton said this in one of her paid speeches. To stop North america from becoming the economic and migrant mess that is The European Union, you had to vote for Donald Trump. And many anti-globalists did.
- The election literally became a war between Good and Evil. Many people who are Christian, like myself, see everything around you, every decision you make, and every thought you have as a perpetual battle between good and evil. Many preachers and religious figures, especially those who speak often about end-times prophesies, pounded the table to tell us that Donald Trump was anointed by God, and that Hillary Clinton is staying us on the path to evil. But hey, listening to some crazy Bible-thumpers isn’t a way many vote. Seeing for yourself that Satanic and occult rituals are being performed by those in Hillary’s Clinton campaign. From Hillary Clinton’s counsel Cheryl Mills:
John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, apparently enjoys the occult practice of “spirit cooking“. According to Infowars, “[Spirit Cooking] involves an occult performance during which menstrual blood, breast milk, urine and sperm are used to create a painting.”
Add to that other odd emails about children in a pool being ready for entertainment and other possibly outright evil things, Hillary Clinton had occult all around here. maybe, those “conspiracy theories” that the elite pray to Satan and feel empowered by the occult aren’t so far-fetched after all. The heavily religious Latinos and Blacks, if the media made them aware of the true evil in the emails as their job should be, then there is no way Hillary Clinton could win. I have no doubt many minorities were turned off and did not vote for Hillary Clinton.
So, did the skeptics really win it for Trump?
There really aren’t statistics about how many people are conspiracy theorists, and it especially is hard to tell what exactly a conspiracy theorist or skeptic is. To different people there are different standards as to what constitutes a skeptic. Results from a 2013 poll tell the best story we could find about how many people believe conspiracy theories. According to the poll:
- 28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order. A plurality of Romney voters (38%) believe in the New World Order compared to 35% who don’t.
- Voters are split 44%-45% on whether Bush intentionally misled about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. 72% of Democrats think Bush lied about WMDs, Independents agree 48-45, just 13% of Republicans think so
- 51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination, just 25% say Oswald acted alone
And so on. Does believing one of these things make you a skeptic? To many, probably. If results from this poll are scaled to to full results of the 2012 election, around 35 million voters believe in a secretive globalist elite. That’s a massive amount of people. It would be fair to assume that half or even more of those voters (who according to the poll lean Republican anyway) that these voters voted for Donald Trump. Since as revealed through the Wikileaks and years of alleged corruption, Hillary Clinton’s pro-globalist and big banker policies would not win the hearts of that 28%.
35 million is a lot of people. The fact that Trump won states like Michigan and Pennsylvania by only a few thousand means that these folks may have pushed Donald Trump over the edge. The real skeptics who may have put Donald Trump over the edge were non-voters, those who saw what Hillary Clinton did in the Democratic primaries and were too disgusted to vote for her. Over 90 million eligible voters in this country did not vote. We will see if revelations like the existence of a deep state, more Wikileaks revleations, and a possible audit of the Federal Reserve on the way will sway more “skeptics” to vote for President Trump in 2020. Or maybe President Donald Trump will knowingly or unknowingly do the Globalists’ bidding and lose this skeptic vote in 2020.