By Will Banyan (Copyright © 29 June 2017)
The 65th Bilderberg Meeting, held earlier this month, from 1-4 June at Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Virgina, was noteworthy on a number of counts, starting with the presence of four members of the Trump Administration at a gathering where it was widely assumed that both the policy direction and legitimacy of Trump’s presidency would have been hotly contested. This represented a deviation from the poor attendance by senior US officials at Bilderberg during Obama’s second term – during the previous four Bilderberg meetings the Obama Administration sent just one official in 2015. For a number of alternative news outlets, particularly Alex Jones’ Infowars, the presence of the four Trump Administration officials presented a unique ideological challenge given their previous incantations against Bilderberg as a hot-bed of intrigue by the elitist supporters of globalism, and their strong support of Trump, whom they had exalted as the globalist giant-slayer. The Infowars solution to this dilemma was to hold a poorly attended pro-Trump rally outside the Marriott.
While the overall turnout from the anti-Bilderberg protestors at Chantilly was, as Intellihub noted “substantially lower than in 2012 when the Bilderbergers last met at the very same hotel”, the alternative media and key activists were still well represented. In addition to the Infowars crew of David Knight and Owen Shroyer (incredibly, despite the convenience of the US location, Alex Jones failed to turn up with his bullhorn) there was Luke Rudkowski from We Are Change, Dan Dicks from Press For Truth, Jeff Berwick from The Dollar Vigilante, Mark Anderson of the American Free Press, Loose Change producer Jason Bermas (who got into an argument with Jack Posobiec over Trump’s relationship with Bilderberg), Leigh Stewy from Independent Citizen News, Conspiracy Cabbie TV, Lulz Machine, and Chris Dorsey the self-styled “commander” of the Virginia Militia.