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August 06, 2018

Chris Cuomo Accuses Trump's Base of Eating up "CONSPIRACIES" and "DARK MYSTERIES OF POWER" While Pushing His Own Unhinged Conspiracy Theory about Trump Sending Out Secret Signals To His Supporters Via... Coded Numbers

I had just seized on Cuomo's unhinged tweet without bothering to see what he was ranting about.

My bad.

Cuomo was pushing a preposterous DaVinci Code/Kaballistic Number Conspiracy theory:

Recently President Donald Trump tweeted that special prosecutor Robert Mueller had "17 Angry Democrats" pushing the Russia investigation. You might think that Trump wrote that because he believes there are 17 Democrats on Mueller's team. But CNN's Chris Cuomo blew the case wide open Wednesday, revealing that it was actually a secret coded message meant to encourage a 4chan conspiracy.

Here's the background: At a recent Trump rally, several members of the audience held signs and wore shirts indicated they believed in QAnon, a conspiracy theory so convoluted and stupid I won't even bother rehashing it. But Cuomo opened his show by arguing that the tweet was intended to send a signal of support to QAnon, an accusation he later blasted out in appropriately hysterical all-caps.

"He has people at his rally that look for the number 17 as signs of truth. Q is the 17th letter in the alphabet," Cuomo said while displaying Trump's tweet. "And they see Trump tweeting something like this, '17 Angry Democrats,' they take value in the number 17."

At first Cuomo insisted that he wasn't accusing Trump of anything. "I hope he didn't use that number for them. He hasn't always used the number 17. I don't see that as being intentional, but who knows these days," he said.

The "just asking questions" act was of course a load of malarky: if Cuomo didn't actually think Trump's tweet was a dog whistle, he wouldn't have called attention to it on live television after asking his staff to prepare a graphic highlighting the offending sentence. But then Cuomo just sort of gave the game away later in the hour. "Why did the president change from '13 Angry Democrats' to 17?" he asked CNN's Don Lemon before answering, "17 is the Q Anon number. Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet."

It is true that Q Anon takes specific interest in any mention of "17" from the White House, even claiming it was a secret signal when the Alabama Crimson Tide football team gave Trump a jersey with the number 17 on it (even though, you know, they were the 2017 national champions).

But there's actually a more believable explanation for why Trump started talking about "17 Angry Democrats."

When Trump first began attacking Mueller's so-called "13 Angry Democrats" in March, the Washington Post noted that "publicly available voter registration information shows that 13 of the 17 members of Mueller's team have previously registered as Democrats, while four had no affiliation or their affiliation could not be found."

In June, Mueller added four new assistant U.S. attorneys to the Russia case, which pro-Trump sites like Gateway Pundit covered with headlines like "CORRUPT MUELLER ADDS FOUR MORE DEEP STATE LIBS TO HIS TEAM." One of the new attorneys, Jonathan Kravis, worked in the White House Counsel office during the Obama administration.

A month later, when Trump tweeted his usual line about "13 Angry Democrats," he also noted that "4 more have been added" and alluded to Kravis.


So by the time Trump was tweeting simply that "17 Angry Democrats" were on Mueller's team, he had already laid out an explanation of how he arrived at that number. It's a characteristically tenuous claim on Trump's part to be sure; there's no evidence that all four of the new attorneys were actually Democrats. But it rather obviously had nothing to do with an obscure 4chan conspiracy theory.

Alex Griswold's piece isn't just about that, though: It's about progressives' descent into madness finding such numerological clues everywhere. They're done this a lot, and it's all pretty hysterical.

One funny one was where progs accused Ann Coulter of signalling her NAZI DARK POWER affiliation by tweeting out the number "14," alone. This, the prog maniacs took to be a reference to the "14 words" of the Nazi party. (I don't know what this is, to be honest.)

They failed to notice she tweeted that when their were 14 days left until Obama was out of office. They also failed to note that she had been tweeting out the number of days remaining in Obama's term, every day, for over 500 days straight.

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