Disinfo: The Guardian points to ruling elite as the real instigators of the US crisis

Summary

The publication The Guardian wrote about the fact that the pandemic or the murder of African American George Floyd are only elements of a centuries-old history of oppression by the ruling elites. Donald Trump, whose decisions took the modern America to disaster, is randomly called “the happy opportunist” in the publication. But much more important and more responsible of the crisis are those who stand out above presidents: the ruling elites that granted Trump his powers and kept him in the White House despite his dangerous incompetence, are responsible of what’s happening in the US. The forces of white anger and resentment will see how America destroys itself before allowing our own power to be weakened.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of an op-ed by US historian Andrew Gawthorpe in The Guardian. The original article is a denunciation of the racial disparities and oppressions that divide the US and its cynical use by the leaders of the country “as a means of maintaining power”. It criticizes Donald Trump and “the forces which propelled him to power”, but he is clearly and specifically referring to the Republican Party. There is no mention of “ruling elites” who “stand above presidents”, which is a blatant attempt to link to the recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative of a “shadow government” directing world affairs above elected leaders.

You can see other examples of this disinformation narrative in our database, such as unfounded stories about the “true rulers of the globe” like the "Skulls and Bones" fraternity to which all US presidents belong, secret oligarch groups based in Switzerland, the Deep State in the US, Jews and Masons, the Vatican, the Rothschild and Rockefeller families or billionaire George Soros, who allegedly uses the G7 as a facade and controls the world through mechanisms like manipulation of public opinion, thought controlclimate changeimmigration, and even the coronavirus outbreak.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Conspiracy theory, Racism, Donald Trump

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