Anyone who follows me knows I’m by no means a conspiracy theorist — in fact, I’ve called them out repeatedly over the years. There’s a big difference between expressing your opinion with analysis based on facts, and inventing conspiracies out of thin air to drive divides and fuel anger.
That said, the other day I saw something rather interesting. While going through the people I follow on Twitter, I stumbled upon an account I added a few months ago out of sheer curiosity called “Rogue POTUS Staff.” Created back in January, I can’t remember how many followers it had when I first began following the account, but it currently sits at 851k which is a fairly sizable audience. I never took the account too seriously because I’m not one to trust unverified sources that seem too good to be true. This account sold itself as “insiders” to Trump’s White House who were working to expose the truth about the chaos within.
When it first launched, I saw far too many people citing it as a credible source, which I always found disturbing considering nobody knew who was behind it and if any of the information they were tweeting was remotely accurate. Over time I saw fewer people retweeting or citing it as source. In fact, until I came across it the other day, I had actually forgotten all about it.
When I realized I was still following this account, out of curiosity I decided to see what they had been tweeting recently. Much to my surprise, the account hadn’t tweeted anything in weeks. The last tweet they sent out was on August 16th.
Immediately I thought to myself, “Why does that date seem somewhat important? What happened around that time that’s significant?”
Then it hit me. Just two days later, Steven Bannon was out as Trump’s chief strategist.
Now it could just be a coincidence that the “Rogue POTUS Staff” account went dark two days before Bannon’s exit was officially announced. In my opinion, the account itself always seemed sketchy, often “predicted” things that never happened, and seemed to try to take credit for “breaking news” after it had already happened. Odds are it was some hoax fake account run by someone preying on people who were desperate to believe anything negative about Trump.
Nevertheless, I found it interesting considering, for months, there were rumors that Bannon might have been the one behind many of the leaks from the White House. In fact, just days before Bannon’s departure was announced, reports surfaced claiming that Trump believed his chief strategist was the one leaking information. Even former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci publicly said he believed Bannon was the one giving out information to the press.
Steve Bannon certainly seems like the sort of twisted individual who loves chaos. For him, the more misinformation circulating, the better. When people can’t decipher fact from fiction, that’s where a creep like Bannon thrives.
So it’s definitely something that I noticed as soon as I saw the date the account stopped tweeting. A Twitter account with almost a million followers that spent months running down Trump, supposedly feeding “inside information” to the masses, suddenly stopped sending anything just two days before Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House was announced.
Does that mean he was behind that account? No. As I said earlier, it could all just be a coincidence. In all likelihood, this RoguePOTUSStaff account was a fake — just like many of the other “rogue” and “alt” accounts on Twitter claiming to be “insiders.” Either way, the account is another fascinating example of how easy it can be to build a following and dupe at least some of your followers on social media. The sad truth about today’s society is that as long as you tell people what they want to hear, millions of people will blindly believe it without any regard for facts or credibility.
Regardless, it’s definitely an interesting chain of events that I’m surprised nobody picked up on weeks ago.
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