SCOOP: Trump Official Obsessed over Nuclear Apocalypse, Men’s Style, and Fine Wines in 40,000 Posts on Fashion Site —The Intercept

NEW YORK--()--Michael Anton, a senior official on President Trump’s embattled National Security Council, wrote in a men’s fashion website’s public discussion forum that it’s “inevitable” an Islamic terrorist group will carry out a successful nuclear attack against the United States, and that in its aftermath the world “will regress hundreds of years politically.” Anton laid out a dire scenario of multiple nuclear detonations on American soil, saying that terrorists “will, I think, wait until they can hit us with several blows at once, followed by a number of follow-on blows.”

Anton, who served on the NSC in the Bush era and was appointed earlier this month as the NSC’s senior director of strategic communications, wrote in 2009 that he was “surprised it hasn’t happened yet” and predicted that once the attacks occur, “economies will collapse … the world will revert to a kind of localsim [sic] and warlordism.” He added, “If Chicago wakes up one morning and NY is simply not there any more, and some dude on Al Jazeera is saying, ‘Chicago you are next!” I don’t see order lasting long.”

Anton’s comments were made on an obscure website devoted to men’s fashion, StyleForum.net, that also hosts wide-ranging discussions among its members on a variety of political topics. Anton, who previously wrote a book on men’s fashion, posted on the site under the username “Manton,” and was exceptionally prolific: since joining the site in 2002, he has posted more than 40,000 comments.

“An all out nuclear war is not inevitable, or even likely,” he wrote in a discussion thread he started about nuclear terrorism. “A regional nuclear exchange between two regional powers is more likely, but still not inevitable. A nuclear detonation in a major US or European city (or Moscow) is inevitable.” His concerns were so severe that in a separate discussion thread he provided advice to people thinking of building their own fallout shelters.

Anton also made provocative comments about diversity and affirmative action, saying they were harmful and unfair, which appear to go even further than much of what has already emerged from President Trump and the people he has surrounded himself with in the White House. The comments provide what seems to be the darkest of contexts for understanding their desire for radical crackdowns on immigration and Muslims in general: they believe deeply in their bones that a civilizational apocalypse caused by Muslims is coming.

Asked by another commenter when he thought the nuclear attack would occur, Anton responded, “Any day now.”

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