Big business to America Donald J. Trump is known for many things. Only time will tell whether his lasting legacy is a wall or a crater, but in terms of the people who live today, everyone knows what Trump is about. One of his most notable attributes, of course, is his love of conspiracy theories. Trump has sparked many conspiracies over the years that you may already be familiar with and with which Rafael Cruz murdered JFK. So we're going to look at some that have disappeared from public memory.
See also: 10 Mind Boggling Presidential Conspiracy Theories
10 Fox Sheikh
Trump had a certain will-she / not-she relationship with Saudi Arabia and criticized the nation before his Choice and increasing commitment afterwards. His relationship with Megyn Kelly is less ambiguous and although they have officially made peace, most people will remember them as sworn enemies.
Maybe that's why Megyn appeared in a conspiracy that Trump tweeted in January 2016. The grainy photo shows Megyn Kelly next to a woman in a niqab and a man in a keffiyeh. The accompanying text says that this is Prince Al-Waleed of Saudi Arabia with his sister and that the Prince is a co-owner of Fox News. It is true that the prince owned 5.5% of Fox News' parent company (he sold it in 2017), but the picture is an obvious fake that would likely make your Photoshop teacher more trouble.
9 Access Denied
With a man with as much controversy as Donald Trump, keeping an eye on everyone can be difficult. Few will remember when he was fined $ 2 million for donating funds to his campaign or when he doubled Mar-a-Lago fees after serving as president. But few will ever forget the infamous Access Hollywood band, which is mentioned as one of the few times that Trump actually apologized for something. Except apparently Donald Trump himself.
Although Trump apologized almost immediately for what he said on the tape, he later questioned its authenticity twice in one day. According to the New York Times, Trump expressed doubts that the voice heard on the tape is actually his, less than a year after he admitted it was. He made these allegations to a senator before repeating them to an adviser a few months later. However, about a year after the denial story was published, Trump again reversed his opinion, claiming the comments were "secretly in a trailer" and the tape had been released illegally.
8 Mourning for Joe
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are another example of Trump's willingness to end and change his relationship. The then candidate Trump had spoken about Morning Joe countless times in the 2016 election campaign until he had a sudden argument with the couple a few months before the election. After his victory, the insults continued to fly, eventually driving Joe out of the Republican Party.
But it wasn't until late 2017 that Trump really targeted Scarborough and tweeted, "And will they end low ratings, Joe Scarborough, based on the" unsolved mystery "that occurred in Florida years ago?" Investigate! ".
Trump referred to an incident in 2001 when Scarborough worked as a Republican congressman. On July 19, 28-year-old intern Lori Klausutis was found dead behind her desk in Scarborough's Florida office by two visitors. An autopsy confirmed that Lori lost consciousness after an underlying, undiagnosed state of health and, after falling, broke her skull against the desk, despite the relatively straightforward nature of her death and the complete absence of suspicious circumstances, did not stop Trump or his followers to use her death as a weapon against his critics.
7 Hurricane Maria Death Toll
In September 2017, Hurricane Maria, an Atlantic Category 5 hurricane, hit Dominica, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico Speeds up to 175 mph and was the worst natural disaster in the history that struck the islands. The total death toll was estimated at 3,057.
The Puerto Rico government originally claimed that only 64 people had died as a result of the hurricane, a number that was quickly controversial. A New York Times investigation found that more than 1,000 people died as a result of the storm. After a lawsuit forced the government to disclose its statistical data, the number was estimated to be around 1,427 until a final study by George Washington University found 2,975, which is now the official death toll for Puerto Rico.
Trump took the time to express his doubts about the official numbers by finding that there were "between 6 and 18 deaths" when he left, claiming, "Then, a long time later, they really started reporting large numbers, like 3000 … This was done by the Democrats to make me look as bad as possible. “
The reason why later reports came to much higher numbers is not only that their methodology was more accurate, but also because they counted those who, after the hurricane, had consequences of related problems such as infection, lack of clean water died. and poor health care. Even though Trump was right (or not far from it) that the original estimate was much lower, he never provided evidence that the numbers below are wrong, although there is plenty of evidence that they are real.
6 Hot Air Windmills
During his campaign and presidency, Trump was an important supporter of the coal industry. Before his victory, he promised to save the industry and "bring back coal". He promised to withdraw a number of measures from the Obama era since taking over the Oval Office. Although Trump's tactic hasn't really affected coal consumption, he's still trying everything to convince people to switch from renewable energies to fossil fuels, including some pretty odd claims about windmills.
During the spring lunch of the National Republican Congress Committee, President Trump initially claimed that windmills near your home could devalue your property by up to 75%. This is a pretty dramatic claim in itself, although numerous studies have found "no statistical evidence" to support it. But this claim is usually overshadowed by the one that followed seconds later when Trump said, "And they say the noise causes cancer, tell me this, okay?" Needless to say, this claim was made up simply. Nobody has ever thought that windmills cause cancer, research shows that it doesn't, and nobody believes it could. That's all.
5 ISIS Family Plan
Another of Trump's signature promises was to curb the influx of migrants to the United States. Although this promise primarily affected Mexican immigrants, he repeatedly expressed displeasure at the number of refugees from the Middle East, particularly from Syria. At some point, Trump even claimed that Hillary was preparing to accept 650 million refugees in a week, but this claim is so ridiculous that we cannot in good conscience classify it as a "conspiracy theory".
Instead, we have a theory that is just ridiculous enough. When Trump spoke to a crowd in Mesa, Arizona in late 2015, he asked how many migrants could afford phones: “Where do they get cell phones from? Who pays their monthly bills? “He went on to describe how a friend said that these phones are only riddled with ISIS flags and videos of beheadings. He repeated these claims a few months later when he appeared on the National Border Patrol Council's Green Line Radio.
What Trump didn't understand is that being poor is not the same thing as being a refugee. While Syria's economy has certainly seen better times, it's not a country where people live in mud huts or wonder how the moon stays up. It is a normal country that has been hit by war for most of the past decade. So if you see a refugee on a phone, they probably found it more convenient and useful than taking their 65-inch TV with them.
4 Mass Strike
With a population of 42 million and an area the size of Texas, Ukraine is far from a small country but has never been a major player on the world stage. Even so, the country was often involved in Donald Trump's controversy. Ukraine is obviously at the center of the impeachment investigation, but its involvement can be traced back to the time Trump first received the Republican nomination and changed the party's position in Ukraine. While it is not uncommon for the candidate to change platforms, Trump's only change was that instead of providing "lethal defense weapons" to help Ukrainians fight the Russian armed forces, the United States would provide "adequate aid."
Soon after the issue of Russian interference became a daily topic of discussion, Trump's team advocated an alternative theory: the Ukrainians interfered in favor of Hillary. However, this is primarily due to the fact that Trump's campaign manager had received $ 13 million from pro-Russian Ukrainians, a crime for which he was later sentenced to seven years in prison. The theory then turned into a theory that the Ukrainians were behind the DNC hack, but not to Hillary's advantage. Finally, the theory was raised that the Ukrainian cyber security company Crowdstrike hacked the server and insulted the Russians. According to this theory, you may even still have the server in your possession.
Back on planet Earth, the US-based, owner-managed cybersecurity company Crowdstrike (co-founded by Russia-born Dmitri Alperovitch) may not have the server because it was cloud-based. That may explain why so many Republicans were so vocal that Trump believed this theory, so upset that the left tried to discredit him this way, and embarrassed when he called Fox and Friends to clarify that he it actually does believe it.
3 FEMA warehouse
Trump's most famous conspiracy theory will likely always be the Birther theory, but that's far from the only Obama-based theory he supports. Contrary to the other entries in this list, Trump has never directly expressed this theory. Rather, he was accused of using dog whistles to address a small but lively group of his followers.
You may recall that Trump said repeatedly before the election day that the election had been rigged. While most people saw this as a preventative explanation for Trump's loss of election, others think he was referring to a conspiracy theory that was very popular in right-wing circles at the time: President Obama used FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to build concentration camps where he locked up his dissenters and would annul the upcoming elections and make him king. This theory was supported by the larger-than-life characters Alex Jones and Glenn Beck, who later said he didn't think they existed, and then changed his mind again.
Of course, as we all know, none of this has ever happened. Trump won the presidency and used FEMA funds to fund illegal detention facilities for foreigners.
2 High Hillary
It goes without saying that Hillary Clinton is one of the most common targets of Trump's conspiracy theories. From missing emails to Uranium One to Pizzagate and the Deep State, Trump has accused Hillary of being involved in pretty much all the bad things that have ever happened at one time or another. Most of his allegations against Hillary generally stem from her files or her connections to other people. But as we all know by now, Trump has also occasionally adopted the famous "rubber / glue" complaint technique, loved by leftists and conservatives alike: blame others for whatever you were accused of.
When the second debate ended, viewers were intrigued by Trump's frequent sniffing at both encounters, leading to speculation that he was using cocaine. The ever-watchful Republican candidate, however, quickly pointed out that it was actually Hillary who took drugs.
At a rally in New Hampshire shortly after the second debate, Trump said, "We should do a drug test first because I don't know what's going on with her. But at the beginning of her last debate – at the beginning she was very excited, and in the end she said, 'Oh, bring me down.' # She could barely get to her car. '
Unlike some other, more serious theories, Hillary just made fun of it and around to be honest, we're pretty sure Trump did it too.
1 False Interest
When it comes to Trump's theories about Obama, they are all loosely linked by an overarching theme whether it's the media, the establishment or the deep state, Trump has repeatedly reaffirmed his belief that Obama has been mollycoddled and has had an easy ride to make him look good as a president.
A great example of this was when Trump d he accused the Federal Reserve of keeping interest rates low so that the economy would boom when Obama left but soon crashed. In an interview with CNBC, Trump said, "Any increase will be a very, very small increase because they want to keep the market going, so Obama goes out and lets the newcomer … raise interest rates … and watch what happens in the stock Market ”
During the campaign, Trump had said that low interest rates hurt Americans who had saved responsibly and called for an increase. Since taking office, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates several times, which he firmly opposed. Even so, the stock market hasn't imploded and the economy hasn't collapsed, making it appear that the Federal Reserve has never teamed up with Obama. Unless, of course, they also conspire with Trump.