Conspiracy theories have been on the rise in recent years. Some will contribute it to President Donald Trump, who has been peddling them for years, but it started before him. You can see YouTube videos about flat Earth, because that’s a thing again. People like Alex Jones that push conspiracy theories about how the far-right is the true savior of this country. I still can’t get over his whole “water that turn the frogs gay.” Even ones that were debunked are coming up again, mostly because of President Trump. The Ukraine conspiracy theory, that was debunked a long time ago, is back again.
As the impeachment inquiry of Trump is moving full-steam ahead, you could see through his reactions to the press on Wednesday that he seems to be having a bit of a meltdown. That seemed to be a combination of bad press coming over the weekend from one of his former supporters.
Thomas P. Bossert, who served as Mr. Trump’s first homeland security adviser, said he told the president there was no basis to the theory that Ukraine, not Russia, intervened in the 2016 election and did so on behalf of the Democrats, according to The New York Times. Bossert said he was “deeply disturbed” that Trump tried to get Ukraine’s president to produce damaging information about Democrats.
“It is completely debunked,” Bossert said of the Ukraine conspiracy theory on ABC. Speaking with George Stephanopoulos, Bossert blamed Rudy Giuliani for filling the president’s head with misinformation. “I am deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president. It sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again, and for clarity here, George, let me just again repeat that it has no validity.”
The conspiracy theory showed up after the accusations of Trump working with Russia to win the election. In traditional fashion, Trump and the Republicans started making accusations that it was, in fact, Hillary Clinton working with Ukraine to win the election. That is more of the middle school mentality of “I didn’t do that, but they did it much worse.”
Trump believes that all the information that he needs is in the “missing server” from the DNC breach. Remember that one? “You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server,” the president said during the July 2018 press conference. “Where is the server? I want to know, where is the server and what is the server saying?”
But here’s the problem: There is actually no missing physical server associated with the DNC breach to speak of. Instead, the roughly 140 servers — most of them cloud-based — are already out of use. Not to mention that all intelligence agency said it wasn’t Ukraine but Russia that meddled in the election.
Naturally, Trump and his supporters will continue to believe that it was some vast left-wing conspiracy that is threatening his presidency. The problem is truly that they are sloppy. They knew this going into the White House, which is why the whole “drain the swamp” chant came into being. Here’s my own conspiracy theory, we are going to abuse the shit out of the power we have. So, when someone says we are doing illegal things, we can say that it’s a deep state person that is preventing us from draining the swamp.
Hey… it’s sure more feasible than the oldies, like the Ukraine conspiracy theory, he’s throwing out there.