How Trump has become America’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief
Wednesday - 29/11/2017 21:57
SEETHING behind closed doors in the White House, Donald Trump has reportedly revived several bizarre conspiracy theories.
BEHIND the walls of the White House, Donald Trump is attempting to rewrite history.
The US President has revived wild conspiracy theories in an attempt to flip the script on some of his biggest embarrassments in public life.
Multiple US news outlets are reporting that Mr Trump has privately cast doubt in recent days on the authenticity of the notorious Access Hollywood tape, which caught him bragging that, as a “star”, women let him “grab ’em by the pussy”. He also continues to question whether former president Barack Obama was really born in the United States.
His changing version of events on these two issues stand in stark contrast to public statements he has made — leading CNN commentators to remark overnight that “either he was lying then, or he’s lying now”.
After Mr Trump won the election, he “began raising the prospect with allies that it may not have been him on the tape after all”, The New York Times reports.
He reportedly told one Republican senator in January: “We don’t think that was my voice.”
And his private questioning of the tape has continued right up until recent days.
The comments contradict Mr Trump’s unequivocal response to the video in the final days of the 2016 election campaign where he said the voice on the tape was his.
“I said it, I was wrong and I apologise,” Mr Trump said.
“Let us make this perfectly clear — the tape is very real,” host Natalie Morales said on Monday.
“Remember his excuse at the time was ‘locker-room talk’. He said every one of those words.”
The new doubts come as allegations of sexual harassment — including a barrage directed at Mr Trump himself — engulf Washington and Hollywood.
But Mr Trump’s private talk of conspiracy theories doesn’t stop there.
The Times reports that he continues to question whether Mr Obama was really born in the US, despite the White House releasing the former president’s birth certificate in 2011, which proved he was born in Hawaii in 1961.
Mr Trump was the leading public voice of the bogus “birther” movement, until he finally acknowledged (through gritted teeth) in a speech in 2016 that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States — period”.
On his first day in office, Mr Trump implied the news media had conspired to understate the size of the crowd in attendance at his inauguration.
He sent his press secretary Sean Spicer into the White House press briefing room to say “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe”. Even Mr Spicer now admits that claim was incorrect.
And while Mr Trump appears to have moved on from that conspiracy, he spouted a new one as recently as Wednesday on Twitter.
In an extraordinary tweet, Mr Trump implied that one of his strongest critics, cable news host Joe Scarborough, may have had something to do with the death of an employee.
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
“He operates with facts of his own in a world of his own. He makes fools of his friends, enemies of critics and truth out of lies. He may not be danger to himself, but he is to the rest of us. On a daily basis, he makes an increasingly strong case for removal,” columnist Richard Cohen wrote.