Donald Trump’s belated and vague “concession” to a peaceful and orderly transition of power after the assault on the US Capitol has sparked anger and conspiracy theories among some of his most fervent supporters.
For some of those who flocked to social media channels and chat rooms like Parler and 4chan, where far-right Trumpists have gravitated as other social media sites have increasingly excluded Trump, some were complaining. of treason.
Trump, claiming he was “outraged by the violence, anarchy, and chaos” of the Capitol siege he incited, said those who “broke the law will pay” in a move perhaps designed more to protect themselves from growing legal and political risks than to reflect a new sense of contrition and integrity.
This sparked a torrent of anger, hurt, and denial from his hardline acolytes. “A punch to the stomach,” said one. “A stab in the back,” said another. From a third: “I want to vomit.”
A widely shared screenshot summed up the sentiment of this group. “He says it’s going to be wild and when it gets wild he calls it a heinous attack and the middle fingers to his fans told them to be there.”
Others turned to conspiracy theories, especially in the dark corners of the online world of 4chan and Parler, where the cult of QAnon predominates. Many in these places saw no concession from Trump imposed for his dangerous and insurrectionary behavior, but rather a “deeply bogus” video made by Trump’s enemies, or searched for evidence of secret messages indicating that Trump was still on track to comply. QAnon’s unhinged promises.
“FAK fake fake You have been excluded from your Twitter he can’t get into that he couldn’t get into that he couldn’t get in today it’s closed forever, “said someone named Magafree, while Brenda amplified the theory. “He has a plan here that President Trump will not back down so easily. We need to stand firm, watch and pray. Something big is coming and Gid [God] is going to carry it out. “
But the reactions from the most dominant parts of the Trump-era echo chamber have been the most instructive. Sites like Breitbart and the Daily Caller appear to have lined up behind an emerging Republican consensus that has grown increasingly hostile to Trump, blaming him not only for the assault on Congress, but also for handing over the presidency, the House of Representatives, and, the Tuesday, the Senate to the Democrats.
Breitbart’s main story on the Trump concession video was delivered in a relatively straightforward manner, though the site tried to interpret it as a “change of tone” from Trump, suggesting that all he had done was “get back on the subject of his campaign for law and order. “
However, the comments below were far less polite and careful. “There will NEVER be ‘reconciliation’,” wrote Freedomring17. “We have irreconcilable differences and the fight has just begun. We need to repudiate the RNC until they support the Patriot party ”.
For “NMP” the consequence was obvious and Trump part of the problem. “He could have declared martial law, as Flynn said, he got patrons instead [sic] to show their faces and they did it and now they know who they are looking for ”.
For the embittered, like TrumpSupporterLTD, the sentiments were much like the QAnon crowd on 4chan – an almost metaphysical belief that Trump, despite the vast amount of evidence, continues to move in mysterious ways.
“Trump did not budge. He used the language to buy a little more time because the senators and congressmen who support him are being threatened with dirty bombs and the lives of their families by the Deep State and / or communist Chinese … I have good reason that Trump will move with the military And with regard to the transition to a new administration, it means that Trump with a new vice president, Pence is obviously a traitor and is’ fired.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism