Our last 10 months as a nation, (and as a globe), have been just bonkers.
We’ve witnessed the sort of once-in-a-lifetime events that some people get to experience one of, not the plethora we’ve been become accustomed to. A global pandemic, an economic disaster on par with the Great Depression, hurricanes, wildfires, and even “murder hornets” – all set against the backdrop of one of the most brutal presidential elections that any of us will, hopefully, ever experience.
Now, as if to add another level of mystic weirdness to the equation, a former VICE News correspondent is now using a political action committee and witchcraft to hex President Trump’s chances of reelection.
On Oct. 8, Shane Bugbee posted an Instagram video of himself performing a ritual. In the video, Bugbee pours a milkshake over a pile of Big Macs, sticks pins into a doll with Nazi insignia, and spray-paints an occult symbol while variously chanting, “Fast food is poison,” “Dignity for all,” and “Cast a vote.” One week later, it was revealed that Donald Trump—an infamous aficionado of McDonald’s andBurger King—had only half the amount of campaign cash on hand that Joe Bidenhad going into the final weeks of their presidential campaigns.
“You find magic where you find passion,” says Bugbee—and right now, his passion is denying Trump a re-election victory. To that end, Bugbee is collaborating with other practitioners of witchcraft, laypeople, and IXNAY PAC, an anti-Trump political action committee, to doom the president’s current campaign.
The group casts “hexes” and uses “sigils”, just like any 8th grader interested in the occult, but the origins of the group are far removed from the teen demographics who’ve flocked to the “young adult paranormal” section of Barnes and Noble.
IXNAY PAC was founded two years ago by former Vice correspondent Trace Crutchfield, promising to “raise hell from sea to shining sea” to get Trump and his allies out of office. In the lead-up to the midterm elections in 2018, IXNAY ran ads across television stations in Texas mocking Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign slogan, intelligence, and defense of his wife, whose physical appearance Trump had attacked before Cruz nevertheless became one of the president’s staunchest supporters. Besides running ads, the super PAC also takes more DIY approaches to messaging, selling T-shirts, buttons, and posters, throwing up graffiti in battleground states, and—in what it claims is a first for politics in the United States—embracing the chaotic magic of witchcraft.
Ingenuity or desperation? The jury is still out.
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