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Pelosi claims obscure conspiracy group a bigger ‘danger’ than Swalwell’s spy controversy

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For a while now, we’ve been treated to a curious media phenomenon.

When a Republican does something bad, the national press focuses on the bad thing. When a Democrat does something bad, the media focus on the reaction of conservatives. The latter on social media has been ridiculed with “Republicans pounce” memes and mentions.

Prominent Democrats then play along. Hunter Biden’s laptop was a “distraction,” they said. So was Tara Reade. And President Donald Trump’s criticism of universal mail-in voting. As well as Trump’s announcement of Middle East peace agreements and raising the issue of Joe Biden packing the Supreme Court.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi found a new one on Thursday: Her fellow California Democrat, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and his relationship with a Chinese spy.

At a press conference, Pelosi said, “It’s unfortunate that Mr. (House Minority Leader Kevin) McCarthy is trying to make an issue of this. … But you know what he’s trying to do, he’s trying to deflect attention from the fact that he has QAnon in his delegation over there. That, I think, is a danger in terms of our debate here about what the possibilities are for undue influence to members of Congress.”

Sure, Nancy.

An actual Chinese spy cultivating a congressman – a member of the House Intelligence Committee no less – assisting in his election campaign, helping plant allies among his staff and continuing to be Facebook friends with his father (until very recently) is far less of a threat than a group of online jokers batting around ridiculous conspiracy theories.

QAnon, as The Wall Street Journal once explained, is a “far right-wing, loosely organized network and community of believers who embrace a range of unsubstantiated beliefs. These views center around the idea that a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles – mainly consisting of what they see as elitist Democrats, politicians, journalists, entertainment moguls and other institutional figures – have long controlled much of the so-called ‘deep state’ government.”

Q is considered a “high-ranking government insider, presumably with a military or intelligence background, committed to exposing the hidden truth of what they see as an international bureaucracy” undermining President Donald Trump and his supporters. Q communicates his or her messages through encrypted signals.

Sounds utterly plausible.

Meanwhile, in addition to Swalwell, honeytrap Christine Fang also snared two unnamed big-city mayors, and the Chinese planted a spy, for 20 years, on the staff of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, also of California.

But that’s just a tip of a Far East iceberg of intrigue.

In September, the MIT Technology Review posted a story about China’s espionage against U.S. targets, with some plots going back three decades or more.

According to the publication, Chinese operatives in America, in addition to political targets, have infiltrated universities, corporations, research labs and government agencies. They’ve done so through seemingly innocuous exchange programs or by coopting Americans, many of Chinese descent, but also not.

Pelosi, it seems, as we’ve often seen in the Trump era, is guilty of projection – or maybe playing 5-D chess.

By dubbing Swalwell’s relationship with Fang, details of which are still largely unknown, a distraction, and then bringing up QAnon, Pelosi herself seeks to deflect attention from the often cozy relationship Democrats have enjoyed with hostile foreign agents operating within our borders. And given how compliant the media have been with accepting the Democrats’ past slights of hand with Hunter, Tara and the rest, she will likely succeed.

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