List of conspiracy theories promoted by Donald Trump

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This article contains a list of conspiracy theories, many of them misleading, disproven, or false, which were either created or promoted by Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.[1][2][3][4]

Theories[edit]

Attacks on political opponents[edit]

Barack Obama[edit]

Bill and Hillary Clinton[edit]

Ted Cruz[edit]

Joe and Hunter Biden[edit]

Kamala Harris[edit]

Joe Scarborough[edit]

Claims about clandestine opposition[edit]

Deep State[edit]

Antifa[edit]

Robert Mueller investigation deflections[edit]

2016 and 2020 election claims[edit]

Claims of corrupt science, medicine, and statistics[edit]

Exaggerating the threat of immigrants and non-whites[edit]

Claims of wealthy funders of protestors[edit]

Questioning terrorism[edit]

Conspiracy theorists endorsed by Trump[edit]

Donald Trump has encouraged individuals who spread conspiracy theories.

  • Had dinner with Kanye West after he had promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and had vowed to go "death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”[sic]. His dinner guest was Nick Fuentes, a well-known Holocaust denier.[53][54][55]
  • Alex Jones,[56] publisher of InfoWars, a climate change denialist who has said that the World Bank invented the "hoax" of climate change,[57] falsely claims that vaccines cause autism[58][59] and who encouraged his listeners to harass the victims of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, which he called a "hoax".[60][61] Trump appeared on InfoWars, where he praised Jones's "amazing reputation", and repeated Jones's claims on the campaign trail.[8][62]
  • Paul Joseph Watson, who worked for Alex Jones' InfoWars and whose conspiracy theory interests include chemtrails, the New World Order and the Illuminati.[63]
  • Laura Loomer,[64] 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[65][66][67]
  • Jack Posobiec, known for 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.[68] 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.[69][70][71]
  • Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City during the September 11 attacks, best known in more recent years for his role as Donald Trump's attorney in various lawsuits pertaining to and a leading proponent of conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, such as that between 65,000 and 165,000 ballots in Georgia were illegally cast by underage voters, that between 32,000 and "a few hundred thousand" illegal immigrants voted in Arizona, and that from 8,021 to 30,000 votes in Pennsylvania were cast fraudulently by people voting in the names of deceased persons whose names had yet to be purged from voter rolls.[72]
  • 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.[73][74] Wood also claims that "no planes" hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and that planes visible in the footage are "CGI".[75] He announced that he had "entered the public debate around the 'flat earth' issue", endorsing the belief that it's flat.[76]
  • Kelly Townsend, an Arizona Senator sought out Trump in 2011 pushing the Obama birther conspiracy [77][78][79] Townsend along with Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and 2020 Maricopa County Sheriff candidate and then chief Arpaio staffer Jerry Sheridan, worked with informant Dennis Montgomery.[78][80] In 2020, Townsend worked again with Jerome Corsi claiming the election was stolen from Donald Trump and emailed Corsi a document of Arizona Senators endorsing Trump electors for Vice President Pence, in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.[81] In November 2020, Townsend assisted Sidney Powell along with her birther conspiracy associate Dennis Montgomery who back in 2011 alleged Hammer and Scorecard was spying and used to hack into government computers and change Obamas birth certificate, and in 2020 with Townsend and Powell shifted his claims stating the supercomputer was being used to hack and flip votes in favor of Biden in 2020, and Townsend was listed as a key witness in Powell's Arizona election fraud case.[82][81][83][84] In the lead up to January 6, 2021, Townsend sponsored a bill that would designate Trump electors to Arizona and promoted the Arizona audit and stolen election claims.[85][86] Townsend has also been a leader of the anti-vax movement claiming in 2019 that all vaccines are communist.[87]
  • Rick Wiles, founder of TruNews was granted press credentials by the Trump Administration.[88][89] Wiles is known for pushing homophobic and anti-semitic conspiracy theories, including that the Jews seek to take control of the United States to "kill millions of Christians" and stated, "9/11 wasn't done by the Muslims. It was done by a wildcard, the Israeli Mossad, that's cunning and ruthless and can carry out attacks on Americans and make it look like Arabs did it.".[88][90] In July 2018, during the Trump Administration, he claimed that Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow were going to lead a "homosexual coup on the White House" that would result in the nationally televised decapitation of the Trump family on the White House lawn.[91]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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