Alternate Reality. #2: Donald Trump’s Campaign against actual News.

This is the second entry in a series archiving the conspiracist worldview in their own words from interviews, from found documents, but predominantly from their own online publishing. Hyperlinked, and printed, just in case the original article is deleted.

Trump has regularly made use of conspiracy theories as a means of inciting ire, signalling his supporters and raising doubts as to the legitimacy of the American system of government. In the last days of this 2016 Presidential Election, he has claimed the election is rigged against him, the media is in cahoots with the Clinton campaign, and made allusions to an International (read, Jewish) Banking conspiracy all who stand opposed to him and who, thus, are evil and need to be taken out. This is not simple anti-establishment rhetoric. This is the first step in autocracy.

In the following article, Donald Trump tells supporters that he intends to take the next step in autocratic rule when elected, shudder to think.

Article published by The Hill, October 18, 2016. Reprinted invoking fair use for historical and sociological purposes. If Trump is elected President, this article will be taken down along with all mainstream media.

 

Trump: ‘Forget the press, read the internet’

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Donald Trump told supporters Tuesday that they should stop reading newspapers and magazines and urged them to instead “read the internet.”

“Forget the press, read the internet,” the GOP presidential nominee instructed a crowd in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I do get a lot of honesty over the internet,” he added later in his speech.

It’s unclear what websites Trump was praising. Figures at several outlets such as Breitbart News, the right-wing website formerly chaired by Trump’s campaign CEO Stephen Bannon, and Infowars, a site run by Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who rejects the government’s account of the 9/11 attacks, have been outspoken in their support of Trump’s candidacy.
Trump is working to make the theory that mainstream media outlets are part of a “rigged” system a central part of his campaign message. The system, in Trump’s telling, is a conspiracy to undermine his campaign and destroy U.S. sovereignty by opening the country’s borders on trade and immigration.
Trump’s conspiracy claims that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and elite “globalists,” including a cabal of international bankers, are in cahoots with the media.
“Study over things,” Trump advised his rally crowd Tuesday. “Don’t go for the mainstream media.”
“Good news,” Trump added, “most of them won’t be around for much longer in my opinion. They’re going down.”
Trump has trailed Clinton in a series of polls nationally and in a number of key battleground states as the pair take to the stage for their last debate Wednesday, just weeks before Election Day.
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