Trailblazing electronic music artist “Moby” has been a vocal and highly visible political activist for years. Recently the artist, whose real name is Richard Melville Hall, 51, took to Facebook to proclaim he could “accurately” assert he knew President Donald Trump is being blackmailed by the Russian government. He also stated Trump’s administration is actively attempting to force a military confrontation with Iran.
The comments by Moby were curious not because he spoke out against Trump, but because of what he said in specific to provide validity to his claims. Moby wrote that he spent “the weekend talking to friends who work in dc” and because of that he knew the “russian dossier on trump is real. 100% real. he’s being blackmailed by the russian government, not just for being peed on by russian hookers, but for much more nefarious things.” He went on to say, “the trump administration is in collusion with the russian government, and has been since day one.” and followed that up by elaborating, “the trump administration needs a war, most likely with iran. at present they are putting u.s warships off the coast of iran in the hope that iran will attack one of the ships and give the u.s a pretense for invasion.”
Moby offered no actual evidence for any of his claims, nor did he disclose who the individuals he knew in Washington, D.C. were that allowed him to come to these bedrock conclusions.
After Moby’s post became public it turned instantly viral. With such attention also comes criticism and those against Moby pilloried him and called him a liar, cheater, and a charlatan amongst other things. In response Moby took to Instagram to offer a sarcastic response in agreeing with his critics that he was merely a “bald clown” who knew nothing. The full post can be viewed below:
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.
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Whether Moby will eventually be proved correct remains to be seen, but he is certainly comfortable with sharing his views. Previously when he was asked how he became interested in activism and he shared an anecdote about his family life growing up:
I was raised by very progressive intellectuals. At Thanksgiving and Christmas we’d sit around and talk politics and semiotics and art theory. It was instilled in me that every individual should do what they can to try and make things better.
In the end if Moby’s commentary is shown to have validity, particularly that Trump is actively being pushed out by the Republican leadership and their top donors, it will be rather ironic. A vegan electronic music artist will have been Trump’s downfall, and one can not think of a more fitting end to a horrible political career.
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Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.