In just three months into his presidency, Donald Trump has proven to be a toxic multifront disaster whose presence in the White House is doing damage to the national psyche on a daily basis. And he needs to do something, fast, to change his public image.
I think most conspiracy theories are nonsense. But there are people who will say some major acts of violence are staged by the government to gain public support and achieve certain political goals. I have been thinking about this over the last week in the context of the trump administration.
Donald Trump is in the middle of a major storm related to the validity of his presidency, in the context of Russia. And not only that, the constant scandals have positioned Donald Trump at the lowest approval rating of any other president at the same point in their presidency (only 34% approval rating 65 days into his presidency.)
Make no mistake, tragedies tend to trigger a spike in the sitting president’s approval rating and improve their public image. This is because people become more “patriotic” and set aside political differences on domestic issues and rally around the president. George W. Bush, as many of us remember during 9/11, gained 35 points in his presidential approval.
Donald Trump has attempted to use this mechanism, not with terrorist attacks, but with other ideas, like accusing –with no evidence– former president Barack Obama of wiretapping his phone at Trump Tower during the election. I don’t really know what scandal that was meant to distract from, whether it was the Russia interference in the elections to help him defeat Hillary Clinton, or a preemptive distraction from the disastrous release of his cruel health care plan, who knows!
To be clear about this, I’m not saying that I think any particular incident was a false flag attack, I don’t think that 9/11 was a false flag attack, or any other incident was a false flag.
But some experts are worried that this is the perfect time for the trump administration or someone who supports Trump to cause or allow some like that to happen in order to raise Donald Trump’s disastrous approval ratings.
In a recent interview with Salon, renowned intellectual and public commentator Noam Chomsky said that while Trump is “ramming through the standard GOP wish list: tax cuts, corporate welfare, climate change denial,” what we need to worry about, Chomsky says, is the potential for the Trump administration to capitalize on a “staged or alleged” terrorist attack.
Asked if he thinks there will ever be “a moment of awakening or a disconnect for Trump’s supporters of his rhetoric and what he’s been doing in Washington,” Chomsky said:
“I think that sooner or later the white working-class constituency will recognize, and in fact, much of the rural population will come to recognize, that the promises are built on sand. There is nothing there.”
He added: “And then what happens becomes significant. In order to maintain his popularity, the Trump administration will have to try to find some means of rallying the support and changing the discourse from the policies that they are carrying out, which are basically a wrecking ball to something else. Maybe scapegoating, saying, ‘Well, I’m sorry, I can’t bring your jobs back because these bad people are preventing it.’ And the typical scapegoating goes to vulnerable people: immigrants, terrorists, Muslims and elitists, whoever it may be. And that can turn out to be very ugly.'”
“I think that we shouldn’t put aside the possibility that there would be some kind of staged or alleged terrorist act, which can change the country instantly,” he said.