List of conspiracy theories promoted by Donald Trump

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This article contains a list of conspiracy theories created and/or promoted by Donald Trump, former president of the United States.[1][2][3]

Conspiracy theories[edit]

Attacks on political opponents[edit]

Barack Obama[edit]

Hillary and Bill Clinton[edit]

Ted Cruz[edit]

Joe Biden[edit]

Kamala Harris[edit]

Joe Scarborough[edit]

Claims about clandestine opposition[edit]

Deep State[edit]


Russia investigation counter-narratives[edit]

Voter fraud allegations[edit]

Claims of corrupt science, medicine or statistics[edit]

Amplifying threat of immigrants and people of color[edit]

Claims of wealthy funders of protestors[edit]

  • Suggested violent protestors were being funded by "some very stupid rich people"[27]
  • Alleged Antifa activists were being funded by the Democrats, George Soros or "other people".[27]

Conspiracy theorists[edit]

Donald Trump has encouraged individuals who promote conspiracy theories.

  • Alex Jones,[33] publisher of InfoWars, a climate change denialist who has said that the World Bank invented the "hoax" of climate change[34] and who also falsely claims that vaccines cause autism[35][36]
  • Laura Loomer,[37] who has made false claims about several U.S. mass shootings, including that they were affiliated with ISIS or that the shootings were entirely staged[38][39][40]
  • Jack Posobiec, known promoting the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.
  • Sidney Powell, an attorney who joined the Trump legal team in 2020, although the team distanced itself from her after she publicly claimed that the 2020 election had been rigged by an elaborate international communist plot.[41] She filed and lost four federal cases, alleging voter fraud of "biblical" proportions and claiming that voting machines had been secretly programmed to switch votes from Trump to Biden.[42][43][44]
  • Paul Joseph Watson, who worked for Alex Jones' InfoWars and whose conspiracy theory interests include chemtrails, the New World Order and the Illuminati.[45]
  • L. Lin Wood, an attorney who promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, claiming that Trump had won the election with 70% of the vote, and that a secret cabal of international communists, Chinese intelligence, and Republican officials had contrived to steal the election from Trump.[46][47]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Fishel, Justin (June 15, 2016). "Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theory That Obama Supports ISIS". ABC News. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  5. ^ Jacobson, Louis (June 15, 2016). "Donald Trump suggests Barack Obama supported ISIS, but that's a conspiracy theory". PolitiFact. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  6. ^ Matthews, Dylan (November 14, 2019). "#ClintonBodyCount and Jeffrey Epstein, explained". Vox. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  7. ^ Beggin, Riley (August 11, 2019). "Trump retweets conspiracy claiming Bill Clinton killed Jeffrey Epstein". Vox. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  8. ^ Calderone, Michael (January 8, 2017). "Trump Linked To Fox News' Bogus Seth Rich Story, Lawsuit Alleges". HuffPost. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Fader, Carole (July 29, 2016). "Fact Check: Did Ted Cruz's father consort with Lee Harvey Oswald?". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved March 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Mccaskill, Nolan D. (May 3, 2016). "Trump accuses Cruz's father of helping JFK's assassin". Politico. Retrieved March 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "AP Explains: Trump seizes on dubious Biden-Ukraine story". AP NEWS. October 15, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  12. ^ Subramaniam, Tara; Lybrand, Holmes (October 15, 2020). "Fact-checking the dangerous bin Laden conspiracy theory that Trump touted". CNN. Retrieved March 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Forgey, Quint (May 12, 2020). "Trump promotes conspiracy theory accusing TV show host of murder". Politico. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  14. ^ Coleman, Justine (May 24, 2020). "Trump ramps up Twitter push on unfounded Scarborough conspiracy theory". TheHill.
  15. ^ Cillizza, Chris (February 14, 2020). "Donald Trump's 'Deep State' conspiracy theory just took a big hit". CNN Politics. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  16. ^ Sullivan, Margaret (May 19, 2020). "'Obamagate': Fox News helping Trump turn conspiracy theory into 2020 version of Clinton's emails". The Independent. Retrieved May 19, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Opinion: The absurd cynicism of 'Obamagate'". The Washington Post. May 16, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Corn, David (December 9, 2019). "Inspector General's Report Shows Trump's "Spygate" Conspiracy Theory Was the Real Hoax". Mother Jones. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  19. ^ Kessler, Glenn (February 15, 2022). "Here's why Trump once again is claiming 'spying' by Democrats". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  20. ^ Reimann, Nicholas (February 17, 2022). "Trump's Latest Claim That Clinton 'Spied' On His Campaign, Explained". Forbes. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  21. ^ Kertscher, Tom (February 28, 2022). ""Hillary Clinton spied on President Trump."". PolitiFact. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  22. ^ Nicholas, Peter (November 29, 2019). "Why Trump Loves – And Depends on – Conspiracy Theories". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  23. ^ Shuster, Simon; Bergengruen, Vera (October 3, 2019). "How Trump's Obsession With a Conspiracy Theory Led to the Impeachment Crisis". TIME. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  24. ^ Benen, Steve (May 11, 2020). "The political significance of Trump's odd new conspiracy theory". MSNBC. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  25. ^ Benner, Katie (June 5, 2021). "Meadows Pressed Justice Dept. to Investigate Election Fraud Claims". The New York Times.
  26. ^ "Donald J. Trump, Twitter". Donald Trump. November 8, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  27. ^ a b c Dale, Daniel (September 2, 2020). "Fact check: A guide to 9 conspiracy theories Trump is currently pushing". CNN. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  28. ^ Rosenthal, Max J. (June 9, 2016). "The Trump Files: Donald Thinks Asbestos Fears Are a Mob Conspiracy". Mother Jones.
  29. ^ Goodkind, Nicole (June 7, 2018). "Donald Trump Called Asbestos Poisoning a Mob-Led Conspiracy, Now His EPA Won't Evaluate Asbestos Already in Homes". Newsweek.
  30. ^ Dearden, Lizzie (November 29, 2017). "Donald Trump retweets Britain First deputy leader's Islamophobic posts". The Independent. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  31. ^ Denvir, Daniel (September 2, 2016). "The "Mexico sends them" myth: Trump's not just racist but channeling far-right immigration conspiracies".
  32. ^ "'Dangerous and poisoned': Critics blast Trump for endorsing white nationalist conspiracy theory on South Africa". The Washington Post. August 23, 2018.
  33. ^ Corn, David (June 13, 2017). "Here's the Alex Jones story Megyn Kelly and other reporters should probe". Mother Jones. Retrieved September 2, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  34. ^ Blakeslee, Nate (January 20, 2013). "Alex Jones Is About To Explode". Texas Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  35. ^ Belluz, Julia (June 16, 2017). "I talked to Alex Jones fans about climate change and vaccines. Their views may surprise you". Vox. New York City: Vox Media. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  36. ^ Woolf, Nicky (February 7, 2015). "Anti-vaccine activists waging 'primordial cosmic war' despite measles backlash". The Guardian. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  37. ^ Obeidallah, Dean (February 9, 2020). "Laura Loomer, Trumpy Bigot Embraced by the Florida GOP, Could Actually Get to Congress". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  38. ^ Palma, Bethania. "Conspiracy Theories Immediately Appear After Santa Fe School Shooting". Snopes. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  39. ^ Sommer, Will (June 27, 2018). "Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer Fight for Credit Over Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theory". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  40. ^ Weill, Kelly; LaPorta, James (February 21, 2018). "InfoWars Sends Professional Troll Laura Loomer to Parkland". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 19, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  41. ^ Sherman, Jake; Palmer, Anna; Ross, Garrett; Okun, Eli. "POLITICO Playbook PM: Rudy". POLITICO. Archived from the original on November 20, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  42. ^ "Trump lawyer Sidney Powell says Georgia election lawsuit "will be biblical," suggests GOP governor helped Biden". Newsweek. November 22, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  43. ^ "Trump campaign cuts ties with attorney Sidney Powell after bizarre election fraud claims". The Guardian. Associated Press. November 23, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  44. ^ Fichera, Angelo; Spencer, Saranac Hale (November 13, 2020). "Bogus Theory Claims Supercomputer Switched Votes in Election". Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  45. ^ Wilson, Jason (May 24, 2017). "How rightwing pundits are reacting to the Manchester attack". The Guardian. Retrieved June 3, 2017. Paul Joseph Watson, Alex Jones's British mini-me, has followed the same broad path that the rest of the organization has. He was never on the left, of course, but over time his commentary has focused less and less on the Illuminati and chemtrails, and more and more on pushing a stridently anti-Muslim, anti-feminist and anti-left message.
  46. ^ Winters, Jeremy (November 11, 2020). "Tucker Carlson Dared Question a Trump Lawyer. The Backlash Was Quick". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  47. ^ Judd, Alan (December 18, 2020). "Amid personal turmoil, libel lawyer Lin Wood goes on the attack for Trump". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)