Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is increasingly a bogeyman in conservative media, says the evidence suggests natural occurrence, but we have to keep an open mind.
He also addressed the redaction of an email he wrote about the lab leak theory that was recently released with redactions. Fauci argues to keep an open mind about how the virus came to be, but is not buying the idea that the Chinese government did it intentionally is the least likely scenario.
Unexplained phenomena. There really are UFOs that neither science nor the military can figure out, recorded on video accelerating, swerving and diving in ways not thought possible.
It will suggest objects recorded by Navy pilots in more than 120 such UFO incidents are not part of some secret US program. Although, if it’s a secret program, could we take the government’s word for it? What the public will see is an unclassified version of the report.
Maybe it’s Chinese or Russian technology, but the official government position is, essentially, we don’t know.
Many people will take the lack of evidence to itself be a form of evidence, which proves nothing.
Things we know are not true. There’s still no evidence of a massive conspiracy to rob the presidential election from former President Donald Trump. And yet here we are, months after his loss, and the lie that the election was stolen from him continues to grow.
A sketchy recount of votes is being conducted behind closed doors in Arizona to cast doubt on the results there. Republicans in other states are pushing for their own reviews.
Trump’s fellow pushers of conspiracy theories — like Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene and disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn — have pumped up the Arizona audit to willful believers around the country.
What do Americans actually believe? I asked CNN’s director of polling, Jennifer Agiesta, how to responsibly compare belief in aliens with belief in election fraud.
Here’s what she said:
WHAT MATTERS: So in that poll, about the same portion of the country believes in Aliens as The Big Lie?
AGIESTA: A few more believe in aliens. The “not legitimate” number was 29%. But you have to remember the Quinnipiac poll was limited to beliefs about these specific sightings, which is the subject of the report, but it’s clearly more limited than belief in aliens broadly given a CBS News poll from March that found 66% “personally believe that there is intelligent life on other planets.” The Quinnipiac poll might actually underplay the size of belief in aliens. (Today in sentences I did not expect to type).
So, it’s fair to say that more Americans believe in aliens than the Big Lie, despite how much Trump pushes it and how much attention it gets. Maybe that should be reassuring — although theories about aliens and UFOs are as old as humanity, while Trump’s election lies are relatively recent.
The fringe can still have real power. While the US government and intelligence community are intently considering the UFOs, it’s the election lie that has yielded tangible changes in law this year, as Republican-led legislatures in key states move to make it more difficult for voters to cast ballots early and by mail.
Conspiracy theory road show. Trump’s sure to be pushing them when he goes on tour this summer with a series of rallies and speeches, starting Saturday in North Carolina when he addresses that states’ GOP. Republicans there aren’t calling for an audit of the state’s election results, perhaps in part because Trump won there.
What we don’t ultimately know about the election lie is what happens next with it.
“He is so obsessed with his unsuccessful quest for reelection, one ex-Trump official said, that he has been moving himself toward irrelevance.
“It’s like a slow leak of a balloon that is now laying on the floor,” is how the ex-Trump official described it.”
Reinstatement theory. They also write that “Trump’s obsession with 2020 has also led him to indulge unhinged and false notions about being “reinstated” as commander-in-chief, according to three people familiar with these conversations, one of whom said he has been constantly watching the conspiracy-laden TV channel One America News and intensely following an ongoing Republican-demanded audit of votes in Arizona’s Maricopa County.
Trump has claimed the Arizona audit could lead to similar investigations in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia that would ultimately prove he won the 2020 election, one person close to Trump said.”
It’s happening in front of our faces. Republicans in Washington just want to move on. They beat back an effort to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 storming of the US Capitol, which drew inspiration from Trump’s lie about having the presidency stolen from him.
The election conspiracy to be increasingly worried about, though, is the one playing out before our eyes where people start to question whether the whole system can be trusted at all.