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Conspiracy theorists search the Internet for an explanation for the allegation

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Conspiracy theorists search the Internet for an explanation for the allegation

On social channels associated with extremists and conspiracy theorists, people have sought an explanation behind the former president’s accusation. Donald Trump on Thursday, with some calling him the victim of a Democratic witch hunt to suppress his influence and others describing him as a grandmaster playing political chess to win back the presidency.

THE sparse response reflects Trump’s shift in power since a large group of his supporters stormed the Capitol after losing the 2020 election.

Members of the media gather outside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in New York on Friday March.  31, 2023. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Members of the media gather outside the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in New York on Friday March. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

In the following years, Trump’s political movement lived on multiple electoral defeats.

Some supporters were jailed after the attack on the Capitol.

The social media landscape has changed, and Trump’s digital reach remains constrained by a first-to-post mandate social truth, the social network that he created last year and that has far fewer Twitter and Facebook users.

Trump sought to mobilize his base as the long-awaited impeachment approached, garnering widespread support from Republicans.

Trump’s recent calls to his supporters to protest his possible detention have been met with a silent response.

Thursday’s online impeachment speeches seemed to reflect the absence of clear direction.

the accounts of QAnon on Telegram they started posting slogans associated with the conspiracy theory, such as “trust the plan” and “the storm is upon us”, in support of Trump.

Dan Bongino, a radio host who has echoed Trump’s false claims about voter fraud, wrote on Truth Social that “the police state is here.”

Some users claimed that impeachment would only bolster support for Trump and help him win re-election in 2024.

Exaggerated reports of the connections between Alvin Braggthe Manhattan District Attorney overseeing the case, e George Sorosthe financier and democratic mega-donor.

Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona, wrote on the Gab social network that Bragg was “a Soros prosecutor‘, although a Soros spokesperson said he had never met Bragg or donated directly to his campaign.

(Soros has donated $1 million to the political arm of Color of Change, a progressive criminal justice group that has supported Bragg.)

Threats directed at Bragg and Soros have enlivened online discussions of the impeachment, including claims that people were watching Bragg’s home and children, calls for Trump supporters to “grab their guns,” and messages asking “when it’s time to go.”

On Truth Social, some have called for an armed defense of Mar-a-Lago, the former president’s Florida residence.

Much of the talk on far-right channels seemed like an effort to vent or predict, rather than attempting a coordinated effort.

Some users have called for peaceful protests and have urged others not to act until more is known about the allegation.

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Source: Clarin

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