Michael Flynn stood in front of a cheering crowd of QAnon believers, far-right extremists and other Trump supporters, and told them he was absolutely certain Donald Trump would remain the president. It was Dec. 12 and Trump had already lost the election, but at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., Flynn proclaimed “a spiritual battle for the heart and soul of this country” that would end with Trump’s victory.
As the report notes, Flynn was $4.6 million in debt from his legal problems when he jumped into the QAnon fray, likely as a way to fundraise to pay off his debts.
Accompanied by his then-attorney Sidney Powell, “… the two began claiming that he was the victim of injustice and ‘deep state’ plots. Flynn’s new martyr status helped gain him the affection of QAnon believers, whom he increasingly encouraged.”
We often learn most from people who don’t share our worldviews. German Carl Schmitt, a reactionary critic of democracy, provides uncanny insight into the uncivil war of opinion after the 2020 election. Constitutional democracies, Schmitt argues, seek a foundation in legality, that is rule by law, but belief in a state’s legitimacy depends on a sense of tradition embodied in myths and symbols.