A slickly produced video titled "The Plot to Steal America", which regurgitated many election conspiracy theories and pointed the finger at China, was shared in a tweet by Donald Trump on December 23, 2020.
The video is narrated and ostensibly created by Seth Holehouse and his web site "Man in America." Holehouse is a member of Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa), a "new religious movement" that many people have described as being a cult. Several people have noted this connection and suggested that the video is simply disinformation, propaganda from Falun Gong. Falun Gong has a long history of attacking the communist government of China, and more recently of strongly supporting Trump.
It appears that attempts have been made by Falun Gong to hide Holehouse's connection. Several google searches lead to mentions of Holehouse's membership, but upon clicking on the article his existence has been edited out. However, the original is still available on Google's cache.
This is from Clearharmony.net, the official site for Falun Gong in Europe. A paragraph about Holehouse has been removed.
Google cache version: http://webcache.googleusercontent.c....html+&cd=16&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us#.X-UMtGRKhhE (https://archive.is/wip/nhJJQ)
Current Version: http://www.clearharmony.net/article...ld-in-Minneapolis-Minnesota.html#.X-UMnGRKhhE
The page is not available on archive.org.
In this article from Minghui.org (a Falun Gong site), Holehouse was removed, perhaps in haste as a quote by him remains, incongruously hovering over another practitioner.Seth Holehouse from Ohio talked about how he let go of his attachments, such as the attachment to comfort in the course of polishing articles for publication. Cultivating in human society, as he understood it, is the best opportunity to cultivate ourselves and clarify the facts to others. Such cultivation is far more difficult than cultivating in a remote area, detached from society and hidden away in mountains and forests. Surrounded by everyday society, we must directly face interference from all kinds of attachments in our everyday lives. Since we all lead busy lives, we may fall into a trap: taking sacred Fa study, doing the exercises and sending righteous thoughts as a daily routine, as if we were dealing with everyday work. Cultivation is very serious, however, and we must be careful not to fall into the trap.
Cached original: https://webcache.googleusercontent....5/5/22/150689.html+&cd=16&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us (https://archive.is/bWWpQ)
Current Version: https://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2015/5/22/150689.html (https://archive.is/j7ZeF)
Holehouse has worked for the Falun Gong associated media outlet The Epoch Times as a writer, creative director, and photographer since at least 2008, according to his Linkedin Page
Seth Holehouse, a Falun Dafa practitioner from New York
“It is always refreshing and encouraging to attend the conference. It is nice to see so many practitioners from all over, including some old friends. This is a pure land,” said Seth Holehouse from New York, who has practiced Falun Dafa for ten years.
He was working there as a photographer as recently as July 2020:
Source: https://www.theepochtimes.com/small-businesses-picking-up-the-pieces-as-lockdowns-ease_3438939.html (https://archive.is/JmmVL)
He still has an author page which lists 14 articles (seeming mostly innocuous photography). (https://www.theepochtimes.com/author-seth-holehouse - https://archive.is/nVULK )
However all the links on that page are broken, and all the articles he contributed to have been removed. It seems like they somehow missed the one from 2020
This deliberate attempt to hide the association of Holehouse with Falun Gong is not because they don't like what he is saying. Quite the opposite, as his video is exactly in line with their anti-China-Communist and Pro-Trump stance. In fact it seems more likely that the video is not simply a production of Seth Holehouse, but it actually a Falun Gong video with Holehouse as the narrator. Possibly as a contributor, but given his lack of experience in such things and the professional nature of the video, it seems more likely to have been created by a team, perhaps from New Tang Dynasty Television, the Falun Gong broadcaster. The "Man in America" persona is simply a creation to make it more palatable to the mainstream American audience.