On Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic. This move had been expected, given the virus’ continued spread. The disruption to daily life has continued to increase in recent days. For instance, the NCAA announced that its upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be held behind closed doors, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is in the process of drafting an executive order limiting mass gatherings.
The outbreak has also ended the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 11-year winning streak. A few hours after the WHO announcement, the Dow closed with another massive loss–this time, over 1,400 points, enough to send it into bear market territory.
But if you believe one hard-right pundit and ardent QAnon kook, this pandemic may actually be a good thing. Supposedly, it provides the perfect cover for the moment he and other “patriots” have been waiting for–a wave of mass arrests which will destroy a giant pedophilia ring and drain the swamp in one swoop.
Of the many far-right conspiracy peddlers who have risen to fame in the Donald Trump era, Mark Taylor is one of the craziest of all. The retired firefighter from Orlando rose to fame during the 2016 campaign, when he claimed that in 2011, God gave him a “word” that Trump would be president.
But any competent reading of that word shows that God supposedly foretold Trump upending Barack Obama in 2012. As we know, that didn’t happen. By definition, that makes him a false prophet. That hasn’t stopped Taylor from becoming a hero to the most deplorable of the deplorables. It’s also given him cover to become one of the most obnoxious conspiracy peddlers on the tubes.
Among other things, he claims that the mainstream media operates on the devil’s frequency. He also would have us believe that so many Christians oppose Trump because several churches’ worship teams are inadvertently tuning to that frequency as well. More recently, he claimed Hurricane Dorian was a deep state plot to keep us from learning about Trump’s plan to lock up James Comey and others who dared oppose him.
With that kind of crazy, it should come as no surprise that Taylor is an ardent follower of QAnon, the bat guano crazy conspiracy theory that claims one of Trump’s advisers is using 8chan/8kun to dribble out Trump’s plans to open the trap door under a nest of pedophiles. Supposedly, when all is said and done, just about everyone who is everyone in the Democratic Party, Hollywood, and business will be in orange jumpsuits for their debauchery.
For the better part of three years, Taylor and other QAnon kooks have been promising that the mass arrests are coming any day. On Monday night, Taylor sat down with his longtime friend and fellow conspiracy peddler, Chris McDonald, and claimed that the hour was finally at hand. Supposedly, Trump is going to use the coronavirus outbreak to lock these monsters up. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Taylor noted that a number of prominent Republicans have decided to self-quarantine themselves after coming in contact with a coronavirus-infected attendee at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference. It led him to wonder if Trump was using the outbreak “as a cover to go in, shut places down, and go in and start making arrests.” For instance, he wondered if people like Congressman Matt Gaetz were being sent out of the capital “for a reason.” Gaetz, for those who don’t know, is spending his self-quarantine back home in the Florida Panhandle.
With McDonald listening, Taylor speculated that there were two possible scenarios at play. One possibility, he said, was that Trump was getting “the good guys” like Gaetz out of Washington before they lock the capital down and start frog-marching people. Another possibility he threw out was that Trump was sending the good guys home and locking Washington down before fanning out across the country to “go get these guys at their houses.”
Whatever the case, Taylor firmly believes the outbreak is a cover to get these perverts off the streets, which can only be “a good thing.” This would be believable if not for the staggering incompetence Trump has displayed in his handling of the outbreak.
For one, he seems to be in complete denial about the seriousness of the threat. When the stock market fell so fast on Monday that trading had to stop for 15 minutes, Trump claimed the dive was due to Saudi Arabia and Russia fighting over the price of oil. He also claimed that coronavirus wasn’t nearly as bad as the flu–forgetting that there is, as of yet, no vaccine for coronavirus. Additionally, according to Reuters, Trump has classified all meetings dealing with the outbreak, making it harder for federal officials to craft a proper response.
All things considered, if Taylor and other QAnon kooks believe this outbreak will finally lead to the arrests they’ve been waiting for, we can only conclude that they’re grabbing at straws.
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