Over the previous few days, a video from former president Donald Trump’s most up-to-date rally in Michigan went viral. The clip, which now has greater than 2.5 million views simply on Twitter, contains a girl decked out in American flag gear sharing her ideas about how the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. (It was not.)
“The election, I imagine, was stolen, however we all know that,” the Trump supporter started. “Area Power has all of it. Trump has all the knowledge.”
Her specifics relating to the U.S. Area Power even caught the interviewer with the vehemently pro-Trump outlet, Proper Facet Broadcasting Community, abruptly.
“The night of the election, [the Space Force] literally watched the election be stolen,” she explained, before going into a slew of other election conspiracy theories that end with the U.S. Space Force overturning the election results and Joe Biden’s presidency.
Exactly what information the Space Force supposedly has is anyone’s guess, but if we look back at the recent history of QAnon (Oh yes, it very much still exists), we are able to see that its followers are nonetheless respiration new life into some getting older conspiracy theories, like this now-viral Area Power idea. In the meantime, Trump himself, who has intimated that he will probably be operating for president as soon as once more in 2024, continues to be spreading the Large Lie a couple of stolen election, and thus including gasoline to the QAnon hearth.
QAnon is, briefly, a right-wing conspiracy principle that claims Trump has been secretly working to takedown a worldwide Satanic cabal of cannibalistic little one intercourse traffickers, who additionally occur to be his political enemies. By now, many have doubtless heard concerning the QAnon-fueled conspiracy theories involving the “actual” ballots being secretly watermarked (they weren’t). Those self same QAnon believers additionally say that the navy will finally take over, institute martial legislation, and stage tribunals of Trump’s enemies on dwell TV.
However the Area Power!? If that appears to be popping out of left discipline, you are in all probability blissfully unaware that the Area Power has a big fanbase on the precise, due to Trump turning the navy’s area program into an impartial department of the armed providers in 2019. In truth, this explicit conspiracy has been floating since shortly after the presidential election in November 2020.
The sources of a few of the extra particular, area of interest QAnon beliefs like this one are laborious to hint with precision from our vantage level right here in 2022. Many movies that had been revealed on YouTube have since been taken down because the platform cracked down on QAnon movies and different content material that “targets a person or group with conspiracy theories which were used to justify real-world violence.” Similar goes for a lot of posts on Twitter and Fb. One tweet found by Mashable recalled how the now-infamous QAnon Shaman was ranting concerning the Area Power way back to November 2020 at a right-wing protest In Maricopa County, Arizona.
However, the Space Force theory really started to pick up and spread in early January 2021. In the days after the January 6 storming of the Capitol constructing, information broke (as in: actual true information) that the Area Power would formally be designated as a member of the U.S. intelligence group. This transfer created an ideal storm for QAnon conspiracy theories.
On the time, a person by the identify of Ezra Cohen-Watnick was a senior Trump intelligence official. For years, many QAnon followers believed that Cohen-Watnick was truly Q, the nameless chief of the QAnon motion who claimed to be a high-ranking official throughout the Trump administration. Whereas Cohen-Watnick denied these claims, the dovetailing of lore concerning the legendary Q, and lore concerning the Area Power gave method to the idea that the 2 entities had been working in tandem to show the 2020 election was fraudulent, and overturn it.
Then, every week later, Trump made the weird resolution to maneuver the U.S. Area Command headquarters from Colorado to Alabama.
Conspiracy theorists took this as additional proof that Trump was clearing the way in which to have the Area Power play an element in overturning Biden’s election earlier than his inauguration on January 20. It must be famous that the U.S. Area Command is unrelated to the Area Power. Months later, in an August 2021 interview, Trump admitted that transferring the U.S. Area Command was merely a political resolution he made. It must be additional famous that in that very same interview, Trump additionally confused the U.S. Area Command with the Area Power.
For more than a year, Trump supporters have shared conspiracy theories claiming that the Space Force used satellites to watch the 2020 election and seize proof of election fraud in real-time.
Movies concerning the Area Power and the 2020 election have amassed tons of of 1000’s of views on the conservative video platform Rumble. Posts concerning the Area Power and election fraud on the group messaging service Telegram have obtained tens of 1000’s of views as properly.
It has been practically a 12 months and a half because the 2020 election, and greater than a 12 months since Joe Biden was inaugurated as president. Election fraud claims have been debunked. No laborious proof exists demonstrating that the 2020 election was stolen. But sadly, plainly election fraud conspiracies just like the one concerning the Area Power might very properly go on eternally – to infinity and past.