Jul 5, 2018

Second civil war letters: Alex Jones conspiracy ignites a parody conflict

The US did not descend into a second civil war on 4 July. Why is this news? Because right-wing US broadcaster and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones told his 830,000 Twitter followers to expect exactly that, with a dire warning issued three days before: "BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th". According to Jones, anti-Republican elements were massing to overthrow President Trump on Independence Day. "My Dear John," began Twitter user Amanda Blount, "The war isn't going as planned. Our supply trucks are limited. I'm out of wine and sunscreen. The enemy burned all the books and there is no place to recharge my Kindle. The only music is an old CD of Justin Bieber. - All is lost." While many tweets preserved the brave-but-dolorous tone of real letters from America's civil war, others imagined a better fate for the Democrats. "What time's the war?" enquired US model and regular Trump baiter Chrissy Teigen, keen to avoid a scheduling conflict.

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