Wish I could embed this Trumpcast interview
(which I somehow managed to miss until just a few hours ago), but I can't. So please hit the link.
It's a must-hear interview with the always-delightful Jon Ronson, who gives hitherto-undisclosed details of the Alex Jones/Donald Trump relationship. Ronson also offers a chilling mini-portrayal of Roger Stone, who comes across as a kind of Bond villain.
The foundational question here is: Do these men actually believe in the conspiracy theories they push? Trump, I think, is at least a half
-believer. I know from experience that conspiranoia is the only type of political discourse sensational enough to capture the attention of someone who suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder.
As for AJ: I think that sincerity and hucksterism do a complex dance in his case. Like most of the lower conspiracy researchers, he rarely does actual research. That is to say: I can't imagine Alex Jones calling up John Newman for help understanding the routing information on a newly-released CIA document from 1959 concerning Oswald's stay in the USSR. AJ isn't exactly the kind of guy who gets into abstruse arguments over the context of footnote 198 on page 457. His idea of scholarship is to call Julian Assange a "Hillary Clinton butt plug" because Assange didn't say what Jones wanted him to say.
Stone, in my opinion, is a stone-cold opportunist. Pilate's question holds no interest for him. He cares only about that which furthers his concept of politics
I practice the politics of polarization -- a politics that is brutal, psychological and effective. It is the politics of division, galvanizing those who bear a grudge against the establishment, rallying the resentful, the jealous, and the angry against the elites.
That is pretty much Donald Trump's whole act, isn't it?
Understand that Stone is no true populist. Throughout his career, he has mustered anti-elite sentiment in order to further the cause of any member of the elite willing meet his fee.