The internet is making us all madder.
A Facebook event created last month encouraging people to ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us‘ has accrued over two million attendees. Now, following the deeply convenient suicide of Jeffrey Epstein Saturday, a successor is hot on its tails.
A newly-formed page is inviting internet crazies to ‘Storm The Clinton Estates’ with the motivational message: ‘They Cant Suicide All Of Us’ [sic]. The date is set for the same weekend as the Area 51 storming (so don’t double-book).
The joke event alludes to a conspiracy theory popular in the MAGAsphere: that Bill and Hillary Clinton are somehow responsible for the deaths of various people who have been in their circle at some point. The conspiracy dates back to the death of Vince Foster, a White House lawyer in Bill Clinton’s administration, and has been stretched to encompass the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich in 2016. The Rich family has always opposed the politicization of their son’s death: a spokesperson denounced those spreading the conspiracy theory, such as Sean Hannity, as ‘sociopathic.’
#ClintonBodyCount was trending nationwide on Twitter on Saturday morning, after the news of Epstein’s death had been released.
Over 3,000 people have clicked ‘attending’ on the event. Its organizer is a small Facebook page called ‘snowflake_news‘, which, at the time of writing, is liked by fewer than 100 people and posts screenshots of Daily Wire articles, Ben Garrison cartoons, and, of course, Jeffrey Epstein memes.
Inexplicably, the event’s location is set as Clinton Estates, a neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, where Bill and Hillary Clinton have never lived and with no connection to the couple. Come on guys, it’s the Midwest, you really think Hillary Clinton spent any time there?
Local residents are concerned about the possibility of crazed conspiracists descending on their town. ‘Clinton Estates is a small and quiet neighborhood on the north side of Columbus, Ohio. It is not the residence of President and Secretary Clinton,’ Clinton Estates Civic Association chairman Pedro Mejia told Cockburn.
‘In no way is our neighborhood associated with the Clintons or the Facebook event called “Storm the Clinton Estates…”. The Clinton Estates Civic Association is in frequent communication with the Columbus Division of Police to ensure the safety of residents in our neighborhood. We discourage any individuals from arriving in this area for this Facebook event. ‘
Cockburn can think of one upside to these viral events: if the virtual attendees actually follow through and show up, they’ll have to leave the house and get offline for at least a few minutes…
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