Has the coup happened yet? You have the advantage over me. It was supposed to have taken place on Sunday. Then it slipped back to Monday morning. When Monday morning came and went in a markedly coup-less state the date was revised to Wednesday. Anyway, there was to be a worldwide media blackout after which President Donald Trump — for it is he — would announce to the world that he was still in control and that Joe Biden and a whole bunch of others had been arrested for their various roles in covering up...

Has the coup happened yet? You have the advantage over me. It was supposed to have taken place on Sunday. Then it slipped back to Monday morning. When Monday morning came and went in a markedly coup-less state the date was revised to Wednesday. Anyway, there was to be a worldwide media blackout after which President Donald Trump — for it is he — would announce to the world that he was still in control and that Joe Biden and a whole bunch of others had been arrested for their various roles in covering up election fraud.

The rapidly shifting date of this coup reminds me a little of my mother-in-law’s frequent assertions that the world is going to end on, for example, October 12. And then when that day drifts by in a rather bland manner, she will announce that due to some mistranslation she got it wrong and really meant April 12. There is another connection, too, as she is also — like a number of other ‘Christian’ extremists and end-timers — predicting the Trump coup, while cleaving to the conviction that COVID is either a complete myth or was deliberately concocted by scions of the One World Government to depopulate the planet: the Great Reset.

Plenty of atheists sign up to this notion, at QAnon and various other convocations of the far-right. A magnificent coming together of mentally ill believers and disbelievers, their jeremiads amplified by the idiot box of social media.

This article was originally published in The Spectator’s UK magazine. Subscribe to the US edition here.