In the three months since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, it has rapidly turned into a monster. On Monday, the world learned of Europe’s first major cluster of coronavirus infections–in Italy, where the number of confirmed cases skyrocketed from seven to 229 over the weekend. This added to concerns about the potential economic fallout from the outbreak, which in turn has caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to lose almost 1,900 points in the last two days–erasing all of the Dow’s gains for this relatively young year.
It goes without saying that the outbreak has investors on edge. According to one of the country’s most vocal conspiracy peddlers, though, there may be a method to this madness. She claims that we can’t rule out the prospect of coronavirus being part of a massive scheme by the deep state to cut the legs out from under Donald Trump.
In this day and age, it takes a lot of effort to be considered too loony for Trump. But Ann Vandersteel somehow found a way to pull it off. She is one of the most rabid promoters of Pizzagate, the bonkers conspiracy theory that claims every big name in the Democratic Party and Hollywood is part of a massive pedophilia ring based out of a Washington pizzeria. She is also one of the high priestesses of Pizzagate’s bastard child, QAnon, which claims one of Trump’s advisers is using 4chan to dribble out details of Trump’s plan to open the trap door under these sick and evil people.
By definition, anyone who promotes this nonsense is a few bricks shy of a load. But even by those standards, Vandersteel is out there. Among other things, she believes Hillary Clinton is a child-abusing monster, and claims that four out of five world leaders are pedophiles. For over a month, she claimed to be a member of the Trump campaign’s advisory board. The Trump campaign only disavowed her just hours before The Daily Beast was about to run a piece on her claims.
This hasn’t dissuaded Vandersteel from fervently preaching the MAGA gospel. And for her, that includes warning her fellow covfefe drinkers of how the deep state is out to stop Trump from draining the swamp. Take last Thursday, for instance. On that night’s edition of her webcast, “SteelTruth,” Vandersteel wondered if the swamp monster cabal deliberately created coronavirus in hopes of helping unseat Trump later this fall. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
While chatting with former Fox News military analyst Paul Vallely, Vandersteel noted that Asian males are more susceptible to coronavirus than any other demographic. She claims to have first-hand reports of bodies being burned daily in massive crematoriums. While she cautioned that she couldn’t verify it, she noted that Beijing wasn’t telling us everything.
It led Vandersteel to wonder if coronavirus was part of a deep state plot to “take down President Trump’s roaring economy” by undermining Beijing’s trade agreement with Washington. In typical conspiracy peddler fashion, she made it sound like she was merely asking a question–while offering no evidence whatsoever.
Later, Vandersteel wondered if the UK had joined in on this nefarious plot. What extraordinary evidence did she offer for this extraordinary claim? Wait for it–two infected men left Winnipeg for Rwanda. After erroneously claiming that Canada was “part of the British Crown,” she wondered if London had an “ulterior motive” for letting this happen.
Vandersteel claimed it wouldn’t surprise her in the least if this were the case, since it’s clear that the deep state wants Trump out of office. After all, she said, the swamp monster cabal knows that it’s finished if Trump wins a second term.
This comes just days after rabidly pro-Trump fundie Frank Amedia peddled and amplified the urban legend that coronavirus was a bioweapon created in a Chinese lab. So first it was a monster bioweapon, now it’s a deep state plot. These people can’t seem to keep their alternative facts straight.
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