In the age of Trump, many media outlets have resorted to publishing pure fiction disguised as news, hence the popularity of the term “fake news.”

Over the weekend, the New York Times put out a story that is based purely on fantasy. It is like fan fiction for the “resistance.”

The scenario presented is that Trump is not going to accept the outcome of the 2020 election (sounds familiar) and that preparations are underway to deal with the situation.

Reid J. Epstein writes:

Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night.

A group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but also some anti-Trump Republicans — have been gaming out how to respond to various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election.

In October, President Trump declares a state of emergency in major cities in battleground states, like Milwaukee and Detroit, banning polling places from opening.

A week before the election, Attorney General William P. Barr announces a criminal investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr.

After Mr. Biden wins a narrow Electoral College victory, Mr. Trump refuses to accept the results, won’t leave the White House and declines to allow the Biden transition team customary access to agencies before the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Far-fetched conspiracy theories? Not to a group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but some anti-Trump Republicans as well — who have been gaming out various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election. Outraged by Mr. Trump and fearful that he might try to disrupt the campaign before, during and after Election Day, they are engaged in a process that began in the realm of science fiction but has nudged closer to reality as Mr. Trump and his administration abandon longstanding political norms.

Joe Biden has pushed this conspiracy theory as well, which Epstein advances without question. This is not a coincidence. The New York Times is doing this for the Biden campaign:

Mr. Biden, for his part, has suggested more than once that Mr. Trump might try to disrupt or delay the election. And his campaign grew very concerned this month when it was announced that election security briefings, which in past cycles had been delivered to candidates by the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security, would now be the province of the director of national intelligence.

Epstein also puts forth a deliberately misleading story about Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, meant to sound like Trump insiders are plotting to postpone the election:

Mr. Trump has said he expects the election to be held on Nov. 3 as scheduled, and under federal law he does not have the power to unilaterally postpone it. But a recent comment by the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner about whether the election would be held as scheduled — “I’m not sure I can commit one way or another,’’ he said — renewed fears that Mr. Trump would try to move the election, or discredit the balloting process, if he thought he was going to lose.

This has been debunked, as we noted in a post earlier this month.

Hillary Clinton pushed this falsehood on Twitter:

Here is the full context of Kushner’s remarks:

Again, what is presented in Epstein’s article is not happening. It’s fantasy but is being presented as something that is already unfolding.

The same people in media who pushed the Russia collusion hoax for three years are pushing a new conspiracy theory while calling Trump and his supporters conspiracy theorists. It’s pure projection from people who have lost touch with reality.

If you have time, I recommend watching Tim Pool’s analysis of this:

 

 
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