To respond with a salute

While men in Brighton are busy calling feminist women fascists, Trump is doing the real thing:

Trump appeared to more fully embrace QAnon on Saturday, playing a song at a political rally in Ohio that prompted attendees to respond with a salute in reference to the cultlike conspiracy theory’s theme song.

While speaking in Youngstown in support of J.D. Vance, whom he has endorsed as Ohio’s Republican nominee for the Senate, Mr. Trump delivered a dark address about the decline of America over music that was all but identical to a song called “Wwg1wga” — an abbreviation for the QAnon slogan, “Where we go one, we go all.”

As Mr. Trump spoke, scores of people in the crowd raised fingers in the air in an apparent reference to the “1” in what they thought was the song’s title. It was the first time in the memory of some Trump aides that such a display had occurred at one of his rallies.

Ah so that’s what the gesture means. I kept seeing it yesterday but without good info on what it meant – some people pointed out it’s a conservative-churchy thing.

Trump aides say no it’s this other song. Maggie Haberman and Alan Feuer say it sounds a hell of a lot like the QAnon one.

But what was once a flirtation with a movement that the F.B.I. has warned could increasingly turn violent now appears to be a full embrace.

Last week, for example, Mr. Trump posted an image of himself on Truth Social, wearing a Q pin on his lapel and under a slogan reading “The Storm is Coming.” Adherents to QAnon believe that the “storm” is the moment when Mr. Trump will retake power after vanquishing his enemies, having them arrested and potentially executed on live TV.

Emphasis on the “having them” – he won’t be doing it himself. There’s a great deal of irony that it’s Trump who is the US fascist Strongman – Trump the bloated rich guy who is so weak and out of shape he can barely walk, Trump with his brassy dyed comb-over and orange makeup, Trump with his puffy face and Betty Boop lips, his golden living room and puny fist.

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