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The many conspiracy theories of Donald Trump

I had a vision. I’m not sure of the year, but it was some time before 1997. I was half dozing in front of the TV, and Jerry Falwell was on the screen hawking a video that supposedly proved that the death of Vince Foster was not a suicide. In the vision, I saw the fires of hell rising around Falwell. I cannot say what the eternal resting place of Falwell, who died in 2007, is, but what you can take away from this story is that I take a dim view of slanderers.

Vince Foster is not a name I think about much, but apparently old conspiracy theories die hard, and don’t die at all in the mind of Donald Trump. In an interview with the Washington Post Monday, Trump revived the old Internet conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was involved in the death of Foster.

Brett Neely of National Public Radio ran with this story, and wrote his own piece titled, “A Guide To The Many Conspiracy Theories Donald Trump has Embraced.”

I wonder how the coalition of whack-job conspiracy theorists and white racists will play in the general election.

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6 Responses to The many conspiracy theories of Donald Trump

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    Steve May 25, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    A minor correction you might want to make: it’s probably just a typo but Falwell died in 2007.

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    Craig HS May 26, 2016 at 5:01 am #

    At the very least, Doctor Conspiracy will have a smorgasbord to gorge on during the general election! Which conspiracy do we think will be the spiciest? Which one the meatiest? Enquiring minds want to Know!

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 26, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    There is very much a double standard in the Trump v Hillary contest. People focus on Hillary’s email server and what might have been said about Benghazi. On the other hand, Trump doesn’t get hammered about his mob connections, racism, influence buying and multiple bankruptcies.
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    Craig HS: At the very least, Doctor Conspiracy will have a smorgasbord to gorge on during the general election!

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    Dr. Conspiracy May 26, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Thanks. I’m having a hard time pinning down when that vision happened, but I think it was before 1996 when I moved to a different house. The Foster suicide was in 1993.

    Steve: A minor correction

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    Crustacean May 26, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    I’ve been bemused by that for a while now. Yesterday I read a couple of excellent comments on the subject (I think at articles linked to by commenters here).

    One pointed out that to Trump supporters those things are features, not flaws. They know full well he’s an a-hole, but they see him as *their* a-hole, one who can “get things done” and knows how to be a winner, rules be damned. So they want to harness the power of that a-hole because they think he will give them what they want.

    The other said you can throw mud at a pig, but don’t be surprised if the pig just smiles.

    Dr. Conspiracy: Trump doesn’t get hammered about his mob connections, racism, influence buying and multiple bankruptcies.

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    Crustacean May 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    “If facts don’t matter, you can’t really be wrong.”

    Interesting article about “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams’ take on the Trump phenomenon.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/03/21/donald-trump-will-win-in-a-landslide-the-mind-behind-dilbert-explains-why/?tid=pm_entertainment_pop_b

    “Did Trump’s involvement in the birther thing confuse you?” Adams goes on to ask. “Were you wondering how Trump could believe Obama was not a citizen? The answer is that Trump never believed anything about Obama’s place of birth. The facts were irrelevant, so he ignored them while finding a place in the hearts of conservatives. For later.

    “This is later. He plans ahead.”