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wwjd -- Thanks for sharing the article. A certain segment of our population seems to be highly susceptible to conspiracy theories of any form, and some of the Qanon's are the wackiest. Alex Jones makes a highly profitable living out of making up conspiracy theories...like the Sandy Hook massacre of children being a hoax.
However, I would push back on those who would stereotype all Americans as being victims of this crap. They represent the bottom of the barrel...the dregs of society. Nevertheless, we certainly have to be vigilant because some of these conspiratorial characters can take matters into their own hands. And for many of them Trump is a messiah.
Yes, I have confidence that a vast majority of Americans are stable and rational people that are able to recognize BS an wacko conspiracies. We laugh, roll our eyes, and and move on. Leaving the wackos yelling "Clean air is bad for your health! End clean air now!"
Part of what trump is doing is being a voice for fringe groups that have no political power. He directly, or indirectly, invites them to join him as he attacks anything that is within rational norms (left or right norms). trump is the leader of people who are primary irrational as a personality type; people who do not think irrationally a majority of the time. This includes people who have strong racist beliefs, believe in conspiracy theories, have various mental disorders, and people who just don't feel comfortable within the primary norms of society. When trump lies and contradicts himself on a daily basis, they emotionally connect with him, because they are like that themselves every single day too; facts don't matter to them (actually facts are their enemy), so its doesn't matter how much trump lies or what the facts might be, they follow "trump" the man because for them he is a modern day messiah; he is flawless, the hand of God, and can do no wrong. He is here to save them, so whatever he does, its always the right thing 100% of the time.
IMO, they want him to remain president forever, and they are willing to support any action that will allow him remain president for as long as possible.... However to be clear, I am not talking about all Republicans or everyone on the right, just those who are trump's core base (about 30% of voters), who identify with him, and accept his methods, even if those methods are illegal and\or unethical. If separating children from their parents works in accomplishing a goal, they have no problem with that,etc, etc.