On Tuesday, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs asked President Donald Trump about flying saucers, and Trump promised to follow Dobbs’s lead in investigating objects in the sky. During Dobbs’s interview with Trump, the following exchange occurred:
Dobbs: A lot of my friends are very concerned about what the federal government is doing when it comes to UFOs. Are you going to commit more resources to exploring UFOs and opening the documents to the public?
This, of course, raises the question of who exactly are the “friends” of the rabidly conservative Dobbs and why they are obsessed with UFOs, but it’s also fascinating, to a degree, that people in the Trump orbit have been pushing Trump to make sounds about UFOs, as though UFO “disclosure” could be a useful wedge issue to attract more voters to conservative causes. Erich von Däniken advised Gerald Ford in a letter to make UFOs an issue in the 1976 election: “Do you realize the innumerable supporters and believers of ‘flying saucers’. They must, alone in your country, count to a million if not more and no doubt represent an interesting potential of votes which just cannot be neglected in an election year.” Ford never saw von Däniken’s letter, but today the History Channel squad of alien believers has the ear of Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs and thus a direct line to the president.
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