‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’ is a FASCIST recruiting tool, establishment cries after meme goes mainstream in Congress
The ubiquitous “Epstein didn’t kill himself” meme has blue-checks and establishment backers quaking in their boots, supposedly out of fear the “far-right” might use this “dangerous” conspiracy theory as a recruiting tool.
Mainstream journalists and Democratic politicians alike stepped up their opposition to the meme this week, calling it a lure for “fascists” to recruit “anti-system people” and a “far-right conspiracy theory.” “We’re going to need some thought on how to combat this,” one blue-check tweeted.
This "Jeffrey Epstein Didn't Kill Himself" business is definitely being used by fascist to recruit anti-system people. We're going to need some thought on how to combat this. https://t.co/ZzbGFxux9O— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 13, 2019
The “Epstein didn’t kill himself” meme exploded into the mainstream on Wednesday when Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) spelled it out with the first letter in a series of 23 tweets doubling as commentary on the first day of public impeachment hearings. The meme was already popular on social media, where the phrase was inserted into unrelated videos as a punchline, and had even filtered into Fox News with the surprising ending of an interview with a man who trains military dogs.Also on rt.com ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’ & ‘Area 51’: GOP congressman spells out messages in cryptic tweets
But Gosar’s tweets made it impossible for the media establishment to ignore the meme anymore. Sites like Mashable and Gizmodo did their best to pour cold water on the idea that there was anything suspicious about the circumstances of the billionaire pedophile’s death in his jail cell in August, trotting out the familiar “tinfoil hat” trope in an effort to conspiracy-shame the meme out of existence even while insisting at the same time that it was just a joke and no meaning should be read into it. Mashable even included a link to a suicide prevention hotline at the end, apparently missing the point of the meme completely.
Weird how “Epstein didn’t kill himself” is the one fevered right wing conspiracy making the rounds that Trump isn’t dispatching Barr to investigate.— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 9, 2019
And the blue-checks picked up where they left off, clutching their pearls over the idea that “far-right” types would weaponize popular dissent via the Epstein meme and take over the country - or worse, “lure many away from real politics,” where apparently conspiracies never happen. The Epstein meme is not only “dangerous,” a Mediaite article declared, but it “doesn’t even make any damn sense.”
My new column takes on the Epstein conspiracy theories, which, contrary to what you’ve surely heard, are still totally unproven, nonsensical, & dangerous.If I’d taken the other side here this post would be WAY more popular, but it wouldn’t be the truth.https://t.co/CIY30yTARW— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) November 7, 2019
Some even suggested the Epstein meme was being used to distract from real conspiracies, like…Ukrainegate.
You can see how Epstein conspiracy is being used to try to staunch Trump Impeachment reality.— chris zappone (@chrizap) November 14, 2019
Even Democratic politicians got into the action. Disgraced former congresswoman Katie Hill, who recently resigned amid accusations of carrying on multiple adulterous relationships with men and women on her staff, slammed Gosar for “tweeting out real conspiracy theories. In an acrostic no less.” Gosar shot back that Hill had taught the country the word “throuple" and referenced a regrettable tattoo of a symbol used by the Nazis, visible in nude photos of Hill leaked to Republican operatives.Also on rt.com Pathologizing conspiracy theories is the lazy government's method of suppressing dissent
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