Now during our years in journalism, we encountered lots of such things, and some of them actually did pan out.
Anyone who didn’t believe conspiracies exist has been lobotomized. Otherwise, why would our criminal laws charge people with conspiracy?
That said, The Donald is singularly unselective in picking the conspiracies he believes in, and seems to worship altars of Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the local blowhards down at the corner bar.
That said, one Clinton has entertained a conspiracy theory or two of his own, as Newsday reports:
Bill Clinton told friend Webster Hubbell before appointing him associate attorney general: “I want you to find the answers to two questions for me. One, who killed JFK? And two, are there UFOs?” Clinton was “dead serious,” Hubbell wrote in a 1997 memoir.
And then there’s this, from the Washington Times:
It was an unusual question, but the candidate answered it. During a campaign stop late last week in New Hampshire, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was asked her opinion about UFOs and whether the U.S. government would ever acknowledge the existence of such unearthly craft.
In a casual conversation with the Conway Daily Sun, a local paper, Mrs. Clinton vowed, “Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of it.” She later added, “I think we may already have been visited. We don’t know for sure.” Mrs. Clinton also suggested that a future task force could be assembled to investigate Area 51, a top secret military installation in Nevada long rumored to have had dealings with UFOS.
But the best one appears to be real:
Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House, according to associates of both men.
Four Trump allies and one Clinton associate familiar with the exchange said that Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape.
Okay. Enough with the prologue, now on to today’s Graphic Representations, the topic being The Donald’s embrace of the conspiracy milieu.
First, from the editorial cartoonist of the Miami Herald:
Jim Morin: The Morning Papers
Next, the take from the Charlotte Observer:
Kevin Siers: Trump Talk
The Sacramento Bee weighs in with the inevitable:
Jack Ohman: Tinfoil hat. . .
The Minneapolis Star Tribune takes a dig:
Steve Sack: Trump’s slogan
And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution sees the grandest conspiracy of all:
Mike Luckovich: Also known as. . .