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"China rigged the election using Italian satellites to cause ballots to switch on voting machines." Lt General Thomas McInerchy (Retired)
As Trump’s presidency lurches towards the final act, I'm wondering what Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) would make of the unfolding calamity. Hitchens had the unique gift of capturing the zeitgeist, as he exposed political fraudsters while spearing the pompous with his eloquence.
I suspect he'd be in his element deconstructing Trump. Particular vim would come reserved for Steve Bannon, who pseudo-intellectually framed Trump's agenda and gave it undue gravitas.
Hitchens would likely attribute Trump's rise to Hillary Clinton's failures, her hubris and outright lies. He'd portray one as the reflection of the other. No fan of Hillary, Hitchens sought to expose her and her morally negligent husband.
Let's pause to remember that Hillary summoned all the forces at her disposal to destroy the women who accused Bill of sexual assault and predation. She aimed to eviscerate her 'sisters' to save Bill's career. Her credentials as a feminist look rather threadbare against that background.
Along the way, she propagated false stories of a 'right-wing' conspiracy. These claims helped lay the groundwork for adopting such tactics by all sides in the political realm.
History will remember Hillary as the lady who blew it. The presidency was within her grasp until she characterised her opponent's supporters as evil. You have to conclude she set the tone, degrading the atmosphere, and that Trump took it to the next level.
No side can profess a monopoly on bat-crazy conspiracies. The Democrats pursued Trump on flimsy evidence that he conspired with Russia. They then failed to produce the goods.
All the above moulded the political discourse taking it to 'crazy town'. Ultimately, we land with retired Lt General Thomas McInerchy.
Standing in the White House, he shares his insights. So you don't need to watch the clip, let me summarise. General McInerchy states that China rigged the election using Italian satellites to cause ballots to switch on voting machines. He cites the specific time when this happened.
It gets better. US Special Forces, disguised as Antifa, took Nancy Pelosi's computer containing compromising material. Note, the implication that those storming the Capital Building are Antifa. Nancy is now in a panic because the material on the laptop exposes her. Dropped in, as an aside, is that Pakistan's intelligence service also had a role.
Next up, the General tells his audience that Covid-19 is a biological attack on the USA coordinated with Trump's impeachment in early 2020. He states this is a distraction operation. Remarkably, the Democrats are in league with Beijing to bring down Trump. Lastly, the General asserts that Vice President Pence is guilty of treason.
Remember, this man has access to the seat of power, he may have the president's ear. He certainly had an attentive and sympathetic audience in the clip.
At this point, I become a hostage to my disbelief. I can only laugh. Is this a bad episode of Scooby-Doo? Will someone rip off the General's mask to reveal 'old Man Withers' from the fairground?
"And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for the meddling facts!"
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.