Many people wonder how Donald Trump continues to repeat outlandish claims, and where could he possibly have received such information in the first place.
It is actually quite simple. The president consumes a ton of news, specifically Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” and crank conspiracy theory sites, and like a dumb parrot he simply repeats what he hears.
Think that’s ridiculous? Look at this Fox News headline from February 14th at 9:15 AM, then Trump’s tweet a few minutes later at 9:28 AM.
Fox News asks why information was leaked to the media, thirteen minutes later we have the start of an actual federal policy to investigate leaks coming from the intelligence community.
And that’s not the only example.
Sweden is Under Attack
President Donald Trump cited a nonexistent incident in Sweden while talking about the relationship between terror attacks and refugees around the world during a rally in Melbourne, Florida.
“You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden … Sweden … who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening Brussels, you look at what’s happening all over the world,” Trump said.
No incident occurred in Sweden the previous night.
However, Fox News host Tucker Carlson ran an interview on Friday night’s broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with documentarian and media personality Ami Horowitz, who presented a clip from a new film documenting alleged violence committed by refugees in Sweden. The segment went on extensively about a supposed crime surge in Sweden and its links to immigrant populations.
Crime rates in Sweden have stayed relatively stable, with some fluctuations, over the last decade, according to the 2016 Swedish Crime Survey.
Ungrateful Traitor Chelsea Manning
In the final days of President Barack Obama’s administration, on January 17th the president commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who had leaked intelligence cabals and video of war crimes the US Army had covered up to the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks.
With a chyron below that read “ungrateful traitor,” Fox News’ Huntsman opinioned that Obama was a weak leader” and how “Chelsea Manning is sounding less than grateful to President Obama for cutting nearly twenty-five years off of her sentence for leaking unclassified information.”
Fourteen minutes later, president-elect Donald Trump sends out a tweet with very familiar terms:
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Fox says “ungrateful traitor,” Trump says “ungrateful traitor,” Fox says “weak leader,” Trump says “weak leader.”
Vast Jewish Conspiracy
The right wing propaganda network Fox News isn’t the only source of information our president trusts to repeat.
There was this one time Trump made a statement during his campaign that “international banks plot the destruction of US sovereignty.” Now this claim sounds completely loony to a normal person, but if you were a frequent listener of nutcase right-wing conspiracy theory pusher Alex Jones who runs the crackpot Infowars.com site, then you’re feeling relief that finally you have a president who is “speaking the truth.”
Alex Jones frequently invokes “globalists” as the villains behind the various conspiracy theories he discusses on his radio show and included in almost every article and documentary on his Infowars.com website has a reference to the crank Rothschild conspiracy theory, that there is secretive Jewish family controlling all word events for their personal monetary gain. Some examples of these articles include:
- The Secret to Controlling the World Revealed
- Rothschild’s Federal Reserve Must Be Abolished
- Revealing Pictures from Rothschild Illuminati Ball
- The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Eight Families (All eight families mentioned are either Jewish or have unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that they are “hiding” their Jewish heritage.)
Is it crazy? Yes. Is it super-antisemitic? Oh yes. Is that the only example? Unfortunately no.
There is No Drought
Speaking at a rally in Fresno, Calif., Trump accused state officials of denying water to Central Valley farmers so they can send it out to sea “to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish.”
Then Trump told California voters in attendance that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, “There is no drought.”
Again Donald Trump’s California drought conspiracy theory comes straight from lunatic Alex Jones’ InfoWars in an article just 3 days prior titled, “Environmentalists Caused California Drought to Protect This Fish.”
And of course California at the time was in its fifth year of drought, which has taken a heavy toll on agriculture in particular.
Refugees Are an ISIS Trojan Horse
In May 2016, Donald Trump did an interview with the National Border Patrol Council podcast “The Green Line” where he suggested refugees would launch a 9/11-type attack and the terrorist group ISIS was paying for thousands of refugees’ cell phone plans.
They all have cell phones so they don’t have money, they don’t have anything, they have cell phones. Who pays their monthly charges, right? They have cell phones with the flags, the ISIS flags on them.
The reference to Syrian refugees with ISIS phones appears to be from an article first reported by the Norwegian newspaper The Netavisen, where a few of the refugees had cell phone images with horrors of war that they documented in their travels. This included images of flags, symbols, and characters that can be linked to the terrorist group ISIS and other terrorist groups, who were present in these war zones.
But that Norwegian article was then floated on the conspiracy site Infowars just a few months earlier, which left out important facts and upped the number of refugees in Norway were found with photos of ISIS flags on their phones to “hundreds.”
Trump literally believes anything from sources that he trusts, and that is all he needs. Watch as Trump claims that he had the biggest electoral win since Reagan, that he had 304 electoral votes, and how he reacts when he is fact-checked on the spot.
“Well this is what I was told.”
That’s his entire answer. He never questions it because Trump has always placed loyalty to him above all else, so without question he trusts his crackpot but loyal sources.
But the crazy thing is, his supporters who voted for him don’t care. They don’t care. They see videos like this and cheer someone taking it to “the lame-stream media.” To them the free and open press are the enemy, who report on things they don’t like to hear, so it must be fake. So they’re glad to see President Donald Trump stand up for himself, it doesn’t matter the words are bat-shit nuts or he comes off like buffoon. His supporters will still love him just for standing up to the press.
And because of this, Donald Trump will never have the need to put any effort into ensuring his words and beliefs are factual. He can just keep going on, believing his trusted sources at face value.