When we look back at the 2020 US presidential election, there are plenty of unique characteristics that are sure to leave an indelible mark on the proceedings, not the least of which will be the smothering effect of conspiracy theories and theorists.
Conspiracy theories are nothing new, especially when it comes to politics. We need only look back to the assassination of John F. Kennedy to see where the modern version of the phenomenon began, and we can look to coronavirus and 9/11 for modern examples of just how pervasive these hypotheses can be.
Now, President Trump appears to be promoting one of the lesser-known theories out there, and just a few weeks before the 2020 election.
On Tuesday afternoon, Trump retweeted an article from an account with a history of promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory alleging “Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed” and that Bin Laden may still be alive.
The conspiracy theory also alleged that Obama had killed Bin Laden’s body double.
The tweet linked to an article written by an author, Kari Donovan, who identifies as an “ex-Community Organizer” who is now “a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina” while the QAnon account who pushed the link, “Oscar the Midnight Rider 1111,” appears to have been banned from Twitter after Trump retweeted the message (the tweet is missing from Trump’s account and clicking on the user returns a message of “This Tweet is from a suspended account.”)
The death of bin Laden was a strange event indeed, but to have the President of the United States suggest that it was staged is a first.