Moby’s schtick: DJ says he has insider information that Russia is blackmailing Trump
In the wake of the US election, the past few months have felt like an alternate reality for many. But even in the wildest of alternate realities, did anybody think Moby, the American DJ, might be the one to bring down the Trump administration?
In a Facebook post on Monday, the musician and animal rights activist claimed he had spent the weekend “talking to friends who work in dc [sic]” and could therefore “accurately” post insider information about the Trump presidency.
The allegations detailed by Moby included that Trump was “being blackmailed” by the Russian government for “much more nefarious things” than prevailing rumours already suggest, but that the Trump administration is simultaneously “in collusion” with the Russian government “and has been since day one”.
The musician also alleged that there were plans afoot both inside the Republican party and rightwing circles to “get rid of” Trump, as well as “intelligence agencies around the world ... working to present information that will lead to high level firings and, ultimately, impeachment”. The posting was made before the resignation of US national security adviser Michael Flynn, whom CNN reported was at risk of being “blackmailed” over his contacts with Russia.
Moby also claimed that the US plans to go to war with Iran and is already strategically moving US warships into place along the coast.
“[I]’m writing these things so that when/if these things happen there will be a public record beforehand,” Moby wrote. “[T]hese are truly baffling and horrifying times, as we have an incompetent president who is essentially owned by a foreign power.”
In a later post he urged Americans to vote against Trump in 2018 mid-term elections.
The response on social media has been a combination of mirth and surprise, with users on Twitter speculating about the musician’s sources and on the new president’s possible Twitter response. Others likened Moby’s intervention to when Courtney Love believed she had found missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014.
In a later tweet and Instagram post, Moby seemingly responded to the skepticism about his statements by saying: “most of the info i referenced is of public record, or will be relatively soon. also hoping Trump Bannon iran war plans are thwarted.”
He also posted a picture of a clown with balloons, and wrote: “Hey, I’m just a clown. I mean, maybe there isn’t a #trump administration plan to go to war with Iran. And maybe trump’s inner circle isn’t filled with Russian operatives. And maybe russia Doesn’t have utterly damning info on trump that’s keeping him under their thumb. And maybe the Koch bros and their pals aren’t looking at options to get trump out of the White House. Just don’t look too closely at Flynn and manafort and the uss Cole and the Russians who’ve disappeared or died recently and what’s currently happening in the Ukraine. Again, I’m just a bald clown who probably knows nothing. I’m going to go make some balloon animals now.”