Courtesy of CNN:
Donald Trump has promoted conspiracy theories before, most notably beginning his political career by pumping up the racist birther conspiracy theory about Barack Obama in 2011.
During the 2016 campaign, he baselessly suggested that the father of his primary rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, was somehow involved in the assassination of JFK. This didn’t stop Cruz from sucking up to Trump after the election.
This time, however, the President’s conspiracy theory comes less than two weeks after a news report revealed an FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix, Arizona office (and obtained by Yahoo News) warning that “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” should be considered as potential terrorist threats.
The report, dated May 30, 2019, according to Yahoo, says that “social media has enabled promoters of conspiracy theories to produce and share greater volumes of material via online platforms that larger audiences of consumers can quickly and easily access.”
By that standard, the President of the United States has become one of the most powerful forces for promoting misinformation today.
Of course Trump is also a prolific liar as recently reported by the Washington Post:
President Trump’s proclivity for spouting exaggerated numbers, unwarranted boasts and outright falsehoods has continued at a remarkable pace. As of Aug. 5, his 928th day in office, he had made 12,019 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement the president has uttered.
Trump crossed the 10,000 mark on April 26, and he has been averaging about 20 fishy claims a day since then. From the start of his presidency, he has averaged about 13 such claims a day.
Yeah, it’s not just that this guy lies like a drunk husband caught sneaking into his house smelling of booze and strawberry lip gloss, with stripper glitter all over his underwear, it’s that he also embraces every wackadoodle conspiracy theory that reinforces his bizarro view of reality.
Trump has used his platform to convince people that Hillary Clinton was the one who really benefited from Russian interference, that the media cannot be trusted, and that his tarriffs agaisnt China are acually working.
Literally every single thing that comes out of this orange-tinted buffoon’s mouth is a lie, an exaggeration, or simply wishful thinking.
And the voting public needs to be reminded of that at every opportunity.