Conspiracy Theorists in the White House

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Donald Trump holds a press conference on September 16, 2016, putting an end to the "birther" movement of which he was a part of.
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Trump announced Thursday that he was adding another appointment to a long list of conspiracy theorists in his administration. His newest choice, Monica Crowley, has peddled many wild and unfounded claims, including a leftist plot to create a Godless society and the belief that President Obama is in fact, Arab-American. Crowley is just one of many individuals appointed by Trump with a documented history of promoting conspiracies.

Donald Trump himself is no stranger to phony narratives and made-up stories. Since 2011, Trump helped kick off the “birther movement,” suggesting that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus, ineligible to be President of the country. Trump repeatedly suggested that not only did Obama falsely his birth certificate, but that he was actually a Kenyan born imposter named “Barry Soweto.” Other Trumpian theories include that Ted Cruz’s father assassinated John F. Kennedy and that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese.

Trump has chosen Monica Crowley for senior director of strategic communication for the National Security Council. Crowley has made a name for herself as an analyst on Fox News. While guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show in 2008, Crowley questioned Obama’s eligibility to be president. Citing a blog post from columnist Kenneth Lamb, Crowley repeated a claim that President Obama is “not legally African-American” but “Arab-American.” The original accusation from Kenneth Lamb is based on no evidence.

Possibly one of Crowley's more detailed conspiracies involves the left’s plot to replace organized religion with more aggressive government intervention. Crowley asserts “the far left” have been engaging in an “assault on all organized religion” with the aim of creating a “Godless society” so that the government can “fill that void” and “save people when they no longer have religion.” She has also promoted a debunked theory that Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and that her parents are “essentially tools of the Saudi regime.”

Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice to oversee the department Crowley will be working in, has used social media countless times to promote fake news stories. He used his Twitter to promote a story claiming President Obama and Hillary Clinton both support terrorism and falsely claimed that Democratic lawmakers voted in Florida to impose Sharia law. Most recently, Flynn was involved in the “Pizzagate” scandal, attempting to tie the Clinton’s to sexual abuse and child trafficking.

Crowley and Flynn aren’t the only fans of conspiracy theories in the upcoming administration. Ben Carson, Trump’s choice to head the Department for Housing and Urban Development, has called himself a fan of conspiracies. In the past, Carson has claimed that the gay rights movement was the creation of Communist and New World Order leaders in an attempt to undermine God and religion, suggested that Obama is a treasonous leader determined to bring in Nazism and communism into the country, and believes that Joseph built the Egyptian pyramids in order to store grain. He also believes that homosexuality is a choice since “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay.”

Advisors to the president-elect have made a name for themselves as conspiracy theorists. Alex Jones, host of Infowars, has claimed that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job,” that Osama Bin Laden worked for the CIA and that the government is creating homosexuals through estrogen-mimicking material hidden in juice boxes in order to reduce the population. In 2010 he said he had “government documents where they said they’re going to encourage homosexuality so people don’t have children.” Jones also believes that numerous acts of terrorism in our country were staged, including the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Oklahoma City Bombing and Sandy Hook. He claims the victims of Sandy Hook were child actors and that nobody was actually killed there.

Another of Trump's trusted advisors, Roger Stone, wrote a book that the Clintons are responsible for the deaths of around 40 different people, including John F. Kennedy Jr. He also wrote a book claiming that Chelsea Clinton got four plastic surgeries in order to hide the identity of her real father.

Despite how strikingly incorrect and oftentimes provocative Donald Trump’s proclamations are, his supporters still believe him. And as he continues to surround himself with people who gravitate toward baseless theories and fake news, his declarations will seemingly become more wild and untrue. Americans must stay informed and remain vigilant in opposing the alternate reality Trump and his team will continue to construct.

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