2020 has been a year full of wild conspiracy theories, and the closer to the November election that we get, the wilder they’re going to become.
We’ve already heard plenty of strange tales about how 5G cell towers were somehow “activating” coronavirus, or even the bats that are said to have caused the virus to spread. We’ve heard about “direct energy weapons” being used to spark the California wildfires. Heck, there are even theories about a satanic cabal of cannibalistic pedophiles who secretly run the world, a la “the illuminati”.
This prevalence of crackpot ideas is something that we’ll look back at in the future and hopefully laugh at.
And, make no mistake about it, these theories are everywhere. Even President Trump seems to dabble in them from time to time.
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 Osama bin Laden did raise some eyebrows at the time, particularly on account of the disposal of his body at sea – an action that military leaders claim was taken in order to prevent any burial site from becoming a shrine to him.