Justin Bieber’s comment ‘the best is yet to come’ spreads right

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  • Justin Bieber’s “the best is yet to come” commentary circled far-right-lane spaces.
  • Many popular right-wing Telegram accounts have questioned whether Bieber is nodding at Donald Trump.
  • Trump fans and QAnon supporters use the phrase as a slogan.

Members of far-right forums and forums are celebrating Justin Bieber for using an idiom that has become popular among supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Bieber said that “the best is yet to come,” a popular phrase in American English that has become a slogan on the far right over the past year, during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) on September 12.

“I just wanted to say that music is such an amazing opportunity and outlet to be able to reach people,” the “Peaches” singer said during his Artist of the Year acceptance speech. “I look around and see so many beautiful faces. I really believe the best is yet to come.”

The phrase dates back to at least 1958 when Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh released the jazz song “The Best Is Yet To Come”. Frank Sinatra covered the song in 1964 – and it was the last song he had ever sung, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Since 2020, the common turn of phrase has become extremely popular among Trump fans, as the former president used it in several speeches.

There is no evidence that Bieber was referring to Trump using this phrase, but an article questioning whether the artist gave Trump a “hat trick” spread in far-right forums on the 12th. September and through to last week, as the Daily Dot first reported.

Insider found six far-right channels on the encrypted Telegram chat program that shared the post, which appears to be from a Telegram channel with over 92,500 subscribers that often shares news and slogans related to QAnon, the theory of the far-right conspiracy.

A major Telegram channel with more than 241,000 subscribers that regularly shares baseless anti-vaccine theories shared this original post just four minutes after it went live, amassing 31,000 views and 188 comments.

Another major channel with 122,000 subscribers, which often posts posts with the QAnon tagline “WWG1WGA,” or “where we go one, we all go,” shared the original thread hours later, earning over 23 500 views and 430 comments. Another far-right channel with 36,000 subscribers also aired the original message the next day.

The post was also shared on the fringe platform 8kun (formerly 8chan) and a far-right forum.

It also circulated lightly on Twitter, where at least three users shared the VMAs speech clip with the same caption from the original Telegram post.

Trump has said “the best is yet to come” in at least three public appearances: during his 2020 State of the Union address, when he accepted the Republican nomination in August 2020, and during his speech farewell in January of this year after President Joe. Biden was inaugurated. Former Trump adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle, a popular right-wing figure, shouted the phrase triumphantly during his speech at the Republican National Convention in August 2020.

Many Trump fans have since retained the phrase and turned it into a rallying cry, and it is also one of the many popular catchphrases among QAnon supporters.

In the past, other quotes from Trump have been co-opted into slogans, including QAnon’s love for his “calm before the storm” comment. QAnon affiliates have also hijacked the phrase “Save the Children,” which comes from the century-old humanitarian organization of the same name that works to help children around the world.

Bieber representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

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