@leahmcelrath: Dugin and some other "traditionalists" seek an end to globalization and what they see as the "decadences" that come with cultural pluralism.
Alice Clearwater

These tweets today from Trump's account use some very specific and distinct language. (They definitely aren't written by him.) So...I got curious and started researching. And I'm going down a rabbit hole that is weird af. That's all I'm going to say right now.

I'm out of the rabbit holes, for now. I'm not going to get into a lot of what was in them because the information is too unreliable. But I will say a little about my thoughts and observations and why these stood out to me.

The language in these tweets is distinctive. It is definitely not Trump's language (he never spoke or wrote like this even back when he still could form complete sentences). To my eyes/ears, the language seems different than that any of his other surrogates use on his account.

Some of the language has a distinctively messianic feel: "retribution for all the sins and evils" "hatred and dissension...but at some point it will heal!" That is the kind of language and perspective of messianic religious groups.

However, while messianic in tone, the language is not that usually used by American white Christian evangelicals who form Trump's base. It didn't strike me that way initially, which is part of what caught my attention, but I also checked in with experts like @C_Stroop to confirm.

Another non-American bit is this concept of being "given" cities as "retribution." That's a very feudal, Eurasian concept. In addition, the way cities in Russia are referred to is strange (more Russian than American): "the great city of Moscow", spelling out "Saint Petersburg".

Finally, and this is more of a gut reaction than anything, I am struck by how these three tweets characterize Trump as a martyr or scapegoat of sorts. He likes to play the victim, yes, but it's not usually framed exactly this way. Hard to describe. But it feels, to me, ominous.

The language in these tweets has more in common with the type of phrasing and outlook used by someone like Alexandr Dugin than it does with the language used by Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino, or Jason Miller, for instance.

I want to tie together something this is in my head but I realize I haven't made the connection directly here: One of the primary goals of Dugin and other geopolitical philosophers of his vein is a RETURN TO PRE-MODERNITY. So tweets written with a feudalistic view are notable.

Dugin and some other "traditionalists" seek an end to globalization and what they see as the "decadences" that come with cultural pluralism. They want to replace modernity with a return to pre-modern ethno-states with rigid external boundaries and rigid internal patriarchies.

Lots of folks in my mentions are asking me to be explicit about what I think these tweets are implying or signaling and why I see them as ominous. I'm not comfortable doing that publicly for a variety of reasons. I'm sorry. But I want you to pay attention as this plays out.

If you are unfamiliar with Alexandr Dugin, I wrote a Moment back in December 2016 that can serve as Dugin 101 for you. But I encourage you to check out his website and books directly. (He's alive and publishes on Twitter, Facebook, and the internet.):