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Emily Tamkin | April 22, 2020

This is, obviously, a sentiment that the President has used and popularised. It’s the reason that he’s out there with the people in spirit, if at the White House in practice. It is also the reason that support for Trump will continue to be the undercurrent of protests by the American right in the near future.

“I think it is notable that this is an argument about power and control: who has power and control, who is allowed to wield it, and under what circumstances,” says Noah Arbit, founder and chairman of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus. “Conspiracy theories thrive in this anti-elite environment – antisemitism being the oldest conspiracy theory – and a great portion of the President’s political power derives from his ability to engage in this conspiracy, while offering himself as the only antidote.”

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