Presidential candidate Donald Trump is pushing the conspiracy theory that President Obama was involved with the Orlando shooting. The mass shooting at a gay nightclub on Sunday morning was the worst in American history.
“He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands—it’s one or the other and either one is unacceptable,” Trump said on Fox News.
In a statement released earlier in the day, Trump said that there was “something” going on.
“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind—you know, people can’t believe it,” the statement reads. “People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
Trump is implying that the President is aware of the cause of mass shootings, yet is refusing to stop them because they are serving his purpose, whatever that is.
There have been conspiracy theories around President’s before. There were the 9/11 Truthers who believe that President George W. Bush planned the 9/11 attacks, but such conspiracy theorists have never run for President.
Donald Trump had previously been known for pushing the “Birther” conspiracy, namely that President Obama was not born in the U.S. and therefore ineligible to be President. Despite the lack of evidence supporting this theory President Obama still released his birth certificate and proved what everyone else already knew, that he was born in Hawaii.
As recently as the summer of 2015, when Trump was already a candidate, Trump said that despite the evidence, he was still a Birther.
[The Atlantic] [Fox News] [Politico]