For some time, elements on the far right have been serving up alternative versions of American history, particularly colonial history, in order to support their cause. They have done so even though their attempts to warp the history books have been debunked time and again.
The religious right has long cornered the market on this campaign of alternative facting. For example, last spring, Pennsylvania state representative Stephanie Borowicz justified an incredibly divisive and potentially Islamophobic invocation at the state of a state house session by claiming that Benjamin Franklin would have done the same thing she did.
Never mind that Franklin himself considered himself more deist than Christian. Unfortunately, people like Borowicz are products of a culture that touts the Founding Fathers were all devout Christians, and that this is a Christian nation–even in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
Well, it looks like another far-right faction is ramping up the alternative history machine. Namely, the QAnon kooks.
On Thursday, the high priestess of QAnon, Liz Crokin, took to Instagram to share a message from her fellow “patriot,” @StormIsUponUs. Apparently he believed that those responsible for one of the true black eyes of the colonial era, the Salem Witch Trials, may have been on to something.
Since Crokin herself was banned from Twitter in November 2018, StormIsUponUs has become Twitter’s loudest advocate of the claim that one of Donald Trump’s advisers is dribbling out plans for a planned crackdown on a pedophilia ring encompassing everyone who is anyone in the Democratic Party and Hollywood. He would have us believe that those who accused hundreds of people in Salem, Massachusetts and surrounding towns on Massachusetts’ North Shore actually had the right idea.
Never mind that the Salem Witch Trials have become the very definition of mass hysteria. They are now an object lesson of the damage that false accusations and disregard for due process can do. People accused of witchcraft were hauled before the local magistrates for “examinations” in which they were essentially browbeaten into confessing. Indeed, at least 50 people confessed to witchcraft simply to avoid such an ordeal. It’s a wonder that number wasn’t even larger, given the atmosphere of prejudice of the time.
The more one looks at it, though, a case can be made that the QAnon kooks really are carrying on the tradition of their colonial forebears. After all, they have few qualms about accusing anyone who is critical of Trump of being a pedophile–or at the very least, of covering for these sick and evil people.
Never mind the emotional toll it takes on their targets. And never mind that there are no fewer than two cases where innocent people were put in harm’s way because of unhinged maniacs who took it upon themselves to stand up for the kids being harmed by those sick and evil people.
The original tweet has been deleted. But it says a lot that Crokin saw fit to promote it. She is effectively saying that it is perfectly fine to throw around such outrageously heinous accusations against innocent people. It also makes one wonder–are Crokin and other deplorables feeding this claptrap to their kids? It’s a valid question. After all, you aren’t entitled to your own facts.
By claiming the legacy of one of the most shameful anecdotes of the colonial era, Crokin and her fellow QAnon kooks have proven once again that they are the sick and evil ones.
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