If only one could – after years of peddling a race-baiting conspiracy theory– walk up to a lectern, declare Obama was born in America in a few breaths and walk away without consequences.
Sorry, Donald Trump, that is not how it works.
And even if he could, birtherism is just the tip of the Trump conspiracy iceberg.
It is just one in a long list of half-baked, racially-charged, historically inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks Trump has projected on his opponents in recent years. Need proof? Behold, a long list of Trump’s conspiracy theories in recent years.
Trump Claims People At Columbia Don’t Remember Obama
During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011, Trump told an audience, according to Politifact, that “our current president came out of nowhere. Came out of nowhere,” Trump said. “In fact, I’ll go a step further: the people that went to school with him, they never saw him, they don’t know who he is. It’s crazy.”
Trump Again Casts Doubt On How Obama Got Into The Ivy Leagues
In an interview with the Associated Press in April 2011, Trump openly theorized that Obama was not smart enough to get into Columbia and Harvard.
“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible,” Trump told the Associated Press. “How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.”
Trump argued that he had plenty of friends who had smart kids who hadn’t gotten in.
Bill Ayres Wrote Obama’s Autobiography
In an interview with Sean Hannity in 2011, Trump went full bore on his theory that Obama did not write his own autobiography, but that Bill Ayres wrote Obama’s 1995 book, Dreams From My Father.
Trump Perpetuated Bogus Crime Data
Trump retweeted a graphic of fake crime data in 2015 that alleged that 81 percent of the white homicide victims in the United States were killed by black people. At the time many news outlets quickly corrected the information. CNN reported that in fact the FBI statistics showed that “of the 3,021 homicides of white people in 2014, 82 percent were committed by white people, while 15 percent of the offenders were black.”
The image Trump tweeted no longer connects to a working page, but FactCheck.org still had a photo of it, you can check out below.
Trump Claims Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia’s Death Was Fishy
In an interview with Michael Savage ,Trump just casually played up a right-wing conspiracy theory that a Supreme Court Justice might have been murdered.
“I just heard today,” Trump said when asked what he thought about it. “It’s a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow.”
Trump Claimed Several Times That People Saw Bombs On the Floor Of San Bernardino Shooter’s Apartment
In his attempt to criticize the PC police, Trump claimed multiple times that “many people” saw “bombs all over the floor” of the terrorists’ apartment.
“I mean, there were numerous people that saw bombs all over this apartment floor, they knew something was going on. They never reported him or her,” Trump told Fox News in June.
The claim was never substantiated, according to FactCheck.org.
Trump Continued To Promote Debunked Theory That “Thousands” Celebrated 9/11 in New Jersey
“I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,” Trump said.
He repeated the claim multiple times even as it was debunked. Even Rudy Giuliani said Trump was “exaggerating.”
Trump Promotes Horrific Legend As Fact On Campaign Trail
Right before the South Carolina Republican primary, Donald Trump told rally goers the tall tale of a U.S. general that “dipped [bullets] in pig’s blood,” lined up 50 dissenters and then shot 49 of them in the Philippines in the the early 20th Century as a way to justify his support of waterboarding, which he called the “minimal” torture.
The story has widely been discredited.
Trump Claims Global Warming Is Nothing More Than A Chinese Conspiracy
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Trump Continued To Peddle Conspiracy Theory That Clinton’s Aide Huma Abedin Has Terrorist Ties
Long discredited, but continually circulated, Trump used Huma Abedin’s announcement that she was separating from her husband former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to give a wink to the debunked and racially charged theory that Abedin’s family had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“You know, by the way, take a look at where she worked, by the way, and take a look at where her mother worked and works. You take a look at the whole event,” Trump told KIRO’s Dori Monson, according to the Huffington Post.
Donald Trump Ties Ted Cruz’s Dad To JFK Assassination
Trump reiterated it on the campaign trail several times, but on Fox and Friends in May, Trump seemed to just volunteer the conspiracy theory.
“It’s disgraceful that his father can go out and do that. And just – so many people are angry about it. And the evangelicals are angry about it the way he does that. There’s a whole thing,” he said. “You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being, you know, shot.”