The Storm is the latest and greatest idiotic conspiracy theory, or perhaps reverse conspiracy theory, gaining popularity on the far right. As Media Matters notes, Alex Jones’ Infowars is now fully endorsing it, along with crackpots like Liz Crokin and others who believe, or at least claim, that Trump is on the verge of destroying a global pedophile ring that includes pretty much everyone they hate, especially Hillary Clinton. It’s Pizzagate on steroids.
Corsi has jumped on board of “The Storm” train, a conspiracy theory that emerged from 4chan and 8chan, two online message boards that serve as hubs for the far-right and “alt-right” users and is reportedly “working directly” with the moderators of 8chan’s The Storm forum.
As reported by New York magazine’s Paris Martineau, this new conspiracy theory claims that President Donald Trump’s cryptic October 2017 comment about the “calm before the storm” was a hint at a master plan Trump is setting in motion to kneecap members of the “deep state.” According to Martineau, the theory claims former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain among many others will be arrested, calls the Steele dossier a total fabrication, and argues that “the Las Vegas massacre was most definitely an inside job connected to the Saudi-Clinton cabal.”
Over the course of 2017, right-wing media figures have been pushing the narrative that “deep state” operatives are attempting to remove Trump from power and that the ongoing probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election campaign is an evidence of this supposed coup.
There is, of course, not a shred of evidence for any of this. And the notion that Donald Trump, of all people, would be the one to break it up is utterly laughable. This is the guy who has long palled around with Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire investor who has already spent time in prison for solicitation of minors and who owns a plane dubbed Air Lolita and an island reputed to be the home base for this kind of thing (Bill Clinton is also one of his buddies, as is Lawrence Krauss). Amusingly, the advocates of The Storm love to point to Bill Clinton’s involvement with Epstein as proof that he’s involved in all of that but they ignore the fact that Trump has the same problem.