Trump’s short speech where he seemed to suddenly condemn the riots that he himself instigated is believed to be so as to avoid criminal prosecution. But that statement has outraged some of his followers who were absolutely livid at what they saw as a betrayal.
On social media channels and chatrooms like Parler and 4chan, where far-right Trumpists have gravitated as other social media sites have increasingly shut out the president, there were complaints of betrayal.
Trump claimed on Thursday that he was “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem” of the Capitol siege that he had incited, and said those who “broke the law will pay” – comments that perhaps reflected concern over mounting legal and political hazard rather than a newfound sense of contrition and integrity.
Nevertheless they prompted an outpouring of anger, grief and denial from his hardline acolytes. “A punch in the gut,” said one. “A stab in the back,” another railed. From a third: “I feel like puking.”
A widely shared screengrab summed up the sentiment: “He says it’s going to be wild and when it gets wild he calls it a heinous attack and middle-fingers to his supporters he told to be there.”
The cries of betrayal were widespread.
After years of fidelity, Donald Trump’s most ardent online fans have finally turned on him.
All it took was for the president to acknowledge the reality of his loss a little over a day after they, the MAGA faithful, stormed the Capitol in a violent attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
“People were willing to die for this man and he just threw them all under the bus. That’s the only thing that’s shameful about the events of the past 36 hours,” Nick Fuentes, the host of the America First podcast and the unofficial leader of the white nationalist Groyper Army, angrily tweeted, shortly after Trump released a video Thursday night in which he conceded that Biden would be the next president and called for political reconciliation.
Cassandra Fairbanks, a prominent MAGA activist, tweeted: “[He] tells angry people to march to the capitol [and then] proceeds to throw his supporters under the bus.”
Trump later came out with a tweet trying to appease them again.
The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021
But now his Twitter account has been permanently suspended.
But their are others like the QAnon cult don’t think he conceded. They think it is all part of a deep plan by him.
It was the moment QAnon supporters had hoped would never come: On Thursday night, in a video posted to Twitter, President Donald Trump finally conceded the presidential election to Joe Biden.
But rather than reacting with anger and disillusionment, QAnon supporters did what they always do when things don’t go their way: They came up with their own interpretation.
In QAnon world, Trump’s message was not a concession speech but a signal that everything’s going according to plan and that soon we’ll see a new Trump administration, with disgraced former national security advisor — and major QAnon figure — Michael Flynn as his vice president.
On the hate-filled social network Gab, a hugely influential QAnon grifter who calls themselves Neon Revolt decoded Trump’s video for their almost 400,000 followers. They claimed Trump’s condemnation of violence was actually a condemnation of antifa — the antifascist group QAnon and others are trying to blame for Wednesday’s attack.
And Neon Revolt also said that since Trump didn’t specifically mention Biden by name, the new administration he was talking about was Trump’s own second term.
We are getting a real-time lesson in how it is always possible to adapt ypour theory to fit any facts.