Trump Fuels Clinton Conspiracy Theories

9/14/2016 - Professor of History Kathryn Olmsted at The Star.

Explicitly and in barely veiled code, Donald Trump has encouraged his supporters to buy into dark and unfounded allegations about his opponent, the president and the world at large. With the help of right-wing media outlets, he has given an unmistakable blessing to the conspiratorial thinking that has been present in American political life since the Revolution.

In December, he appeared on the show of Alex Jones, America’s most prominent conspiracy theorist.

“(Jones) has a huge fan base, listenership, readership, but he’s always been regarded as fringe. And now, all of a sudden, he’s been mainstreamed,” said Kathryn Olmsted, a history professor at the University of California, Davis who studies conspiracy theories. “I mean, that’s the really terrifying thing.”

Read the full story at The Star.