Day 91: NAMBLA Bot Dogs Trump’s Tax Returns

The North American Man-Boy Love Association: not anything any person wants to be associated with.  Certainly not a group any public figure wants any association with.  And yet — here we are.

“Speaking of tax returns, did you hear Donald Trump is refusing to release them because Donald Trump has donated to NAMBLA? That’s what all the best sources, the most tremendous sources are saying,” said EnoughTrumpSpam’s AutoModerator.

Following a very precise algorithm, mimicking Donald Trump’s own rhetorical “I’m just asking/people are saying/did you hear?” style, the bot’s accusations have migrated to Reddit threads and Twitter.  The bot’s products follow a familiar style.

 Take this, for example:

“Maybe that’s right, maybe that’s wrong, but I don’t know why he doesn’t he release his records. Why doesn’t he release [them]?”

That’s not the bot. That’s Trump trying to cajole President Obama into releasing his birth certificate in 2011.

 

“A lot of people are questioning [them]. There are some major questions here and the press doesn’t wanna cover it. The press just refuses to cover it.”

And so was that, in 2012….

It’s not just a page from the birther playbook. It is the birther playbook.

Remember Googlebombs back in the infancy of the Internet?  Essentially, that’s what happening here, with mentions proliferating and trending on social media as the bot spits out an accusation every time Trump’s tax returns get a mention.  It’s a “bizarre viral hoax” that websites like Inquisitor are debunking.  Because they need to.  Because of this:

“But why doesn’t Trump want to release his? Could it be because he donated a sizable amount of money to NAMBLA and he wants to cover it up? I’m not saying Trump donated money to NAMBLA, but people are saying that. It’s something I’ve heard, but I don’t believe Donald Trump donated several million dollars to NAMBLA over the last several years. Still, if he did that would be a great reason to not release his tax returns. But look, I’m not here to say whether or not Donald Trump donated millions to NAMBLA, I’m just here to let you know that every candidate has released his tax returns over the last 40 years, so there has to be a reason he doesn’t, and several very smart people are saying he contributed millions of dollars to NAMBLA.”

Per Inquisitor: “So far, Trump has offered no response to the hoax.”

Can Trump not respond though?  Can he ignore a viral phenomenon that’s essentially imitating his incredibly successful style?  The bot’s Reddit moderator, Faiz, thinks he might.
There is, after all, only one way to stop it.“The only logical conclusion would really be Trump releasing his tax returns but he would never do that because he’s hiding donations to NAMBLA,” he added. “That’s what I’ve heard from some very smart people anyway.”
Fasten your seat belts.
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