RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Classic conspiracy theories like the supposed threats of Chemtrails and Agenda 21 reemerged this week, along with some new ones, such as the possibility of a nuclear war with Russia sparked by Target’s new trans-inclusive policies. All that and more this week on Paranoia-Rama:
5) October Surprise
On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone appeared on Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory radio show, where Jones and a caller asked if “the establishment” could pull off a stunt — such as deliberately crashing the economy or faking an attempt on President Obama’s life — to postpone the election in a last-ditch effort to stop Trump.
Stone, naturally, agreed with their fears: “I think they’re capable of anything, including martial law.”
Jones said nefarious actors may try to thwart Trump because they know he is a candidate who “unites us all.”
“What would you be doing if you were them?” he asked Stone.
Stone replied: “Well, they could stage an international incident in which everybody has to rally around the president and then use that as a pretext to cancel the election.”
4) Sky Criminals
While Jones is worried about the prospect of an anti-Trump October surprise, he was delighted to read Chuck Norris’ latest column about chemtrails.
“How many plane-dropping chemical cocktails have already been sprayed around the world in the name of securing public health?” he asked, wondering if the government is using planes to conduct “mass vaccinations or some other devious plot.”
“It’s time again to wake up, America.”
3) Nuclear War
Conservatives aren’t only blaming transgender people for sexual assaults and rape — at least one far-right commentator is claiming that they might be the cause of a nuclear war.
Thanks to Target’s new nondiscrimination policy, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles warned this week, we might all get killed by a nuclear strike from Russia. The End Times broadcaster said that Target’s recently announced policy on transgender customers and staff will provoke divine judgment and “shut down this nation.”
“Doc, God is going to use the Russians to bring down Sodom and Gomorrah if there’s no repentance in this land,” he told his co-host Doc Burkhart. “Listen, these freaks are going to get us all killed. They’re going to get us all killed.”
2) Agenda 21 Fears
Ted Cruz’s campaign announced the members of his “Montana Leadership Team” last weekend and, unsurprisingly, the group includes some of the most extreme and bizarre conservatives in the state, including “Dan Happel, Agenda 21 Speaker.”
While Cruz has flirted with Agenda 21 conspiracy theories in the past — warning during his 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate that the nonbinding UN initiative was a “grand scheme” concocted by George Soros to abolish “ golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads ” — Happel has taken things to a new level.
Happel believes that Agenda 21, a nonbinding sustainable development initiative that is over two decades old but only recently became a source of right-wing trepidation, is actually a Stalinist plot to create a one-world government to ensure that “ private property can be increasingly controlled and ultimately eliminated.”
One Montana newspaper reported that Happel believes that Agenda 21 will “involve relocating most Montanans to some large city, like Seattle, where they would be housed like sardines in compact housing developments, deprived of automobiles, and basically held hostage to some job in the city. Meanwhile vast areas of land would be reclaimed for wilderness to be used by the rich oligarchy.”
1) Ted Cruz or Disaster
Glenn Beck, the supposed author of the dystopian thriller “Agenda 21,” is such a big fan of Cruz that he told his viewers this week that if the Texas senator doesn’t win the presidency, it means lights out for America.
The conservative radio commentator believes that Cruz,much like Moses, is divinely ordained and that he is fulfilling the “White Horse Prophesy” laid out by Mormon founder Joseph Smith. Christians who do not vote for Cruz, according to Beck, “are not listening to their God.”
Indeed, Beck said on Wednesday that “the republic is at stake” in this election and if the Cruz campaign goes down to defeat, then we will “lose freedom for all mankind.”