Donald Trump loves creating chaos. He uses Twitter as a weapon to stir up emotions and push the latest conspiracy theories. Just last week Trump retweeted a post by a self-proclaimed comedian that blamed the Clintons for Jeffrey Epstein’s “apparent” suicide. The tweet used the hashtag #ClintonBodyCount.
This is not the first time that Trump has shared conspiracy theories that had no facts or any kind of evidence to back them up. Sharing these conspiracy theories is just another way for Trump to create controversy and promote hate.
Recently CNN made a list of conspiracy theories that Trump has supported and pushed on social media. One of the most notable conspiracy theories that Trump spent years pushing was the racist birther conspiracy theory about Barack Obama back in 2011.
In 2016, Trump suggested without any supporting facts that his primary rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, was in some way connected to the assassination of JFK. These conspiracy theories are just another way for Trump to stir up hate, create division, and spread misinformation.
Trump sharing the conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein comes less than two weeks after an FBI bulletin was issued warning that “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” should be considered as potential terrorist threats.
The report states 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 accessible.”
By that standard set by the FBI, there is no doubt that Donald Trump is one of, if not the most powerful force for promoting misinformation today.
Here is a list of conspiracy theories that Trump has pushed with no facts to back them up.
1. Justice Scalia was murdered
2. Joe Scarborough was involved in his intern’s death
3. Clinton’s aide’s death was not suicide
4. President Obama was not a United States citizen
5. Sen. Marco Rubio was not eligible to be president
6. Sen. Ted Cruz was not eligible to be president
7. President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower
8. Ted Cruz had something to do with JFK’s assassination
9. Muslim Americans celebrated on 9/11
10. He lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton because millions voted illegally
11. Global warming is a Chinese hoax
12. Vaccines cause autism
13. Windmills cause cancer
14. Puerto Rico lied about death count associated with Hurricane Maria
15. Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential elections
16. The Clintons were responsible for Jeffrey Epstein’s death
It has become abundantly clear that Trump will say whatever he feels will benefit his agenda. He has worked diligently to try and destroy democratic norms. His goal is to divide and conquer and he will spread lies and half-truths to divide our nation and so far, he is succeeding at just that.