As the United States presidential election nears, the political climate has grown increasingly contentious. This has led to numerous controversies and allegations, with one of the latest involving former Vice President Joe Biden. On September 24, 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted out a conspiracy theory that alleged that Biden was involved in an impending arrest. In this article, we will explore the conspiracy theory and examine President Trump’s thoughts on the matter.
The Conspiracy Theory
The conspiracy theory surrounding Biden began to take shape in late September, when an anonymous Twitter user with the handle @Whiplash347 tweeted, “BREAKING BOMBSHELL: NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex crimes w/children, etc… MUST READ!” This tweet was accompanied by the hashtag #QAnon, which is a far-right conspiracy theory that alleges that there is a secret cabal of pedophiles and satanic worshipers who control the world.
The anonymous Twitter user claimed to be a retired New York City Police Department officer and alleged that he had seen emails on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s laptop that made reference to a sex trafficking operation involving Biden and his son Hunter. The anonymous user claimed that the emails were obtained from Anthony Weiner’s laptop, the husband of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton. Weiner was convicted of sexting a minor in 2017.
The tweet went viral, and it was eventually picked up by conservative media outlets such as Breitbart and Fox News. It also gained attention from President Trump, who tweeted out a video that featured the anonymous Twitter user’s conspiracy theory.
Trump’s Thoughts on the Allegations
Trump has been very critical of his opponent Joe Biden throughout the 2020 presidential election campaign. He has accused Biden of being weak on China, of being in poor health, and of being corrupt. So it is not surprising that Trump would jump on the conspiracy theory that alleges that Biden is involved in a sex trafficking operation.
During an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on September 26, 2020, Trump was asked about the conspiracy theory. Initially, Trump seemed hesitant to discuss the matter, saying, “I know nothing about it. I hear it’s a major scandal, the biggest, perhaps, in the history of our country.”
However, Pirro pressed Trump on the matter, and he eventually gave his thoughts on the allegations. Trump said, “Well, I think it’s going to be a big scandal. I have a feeling that he’s not going to be able to escape it. That’s my feeling. It’s going to be a big scandal. It’s going to be a very, very sad thing for our country. But if it’s true, it’s going to be a very sad thing for our country.”
Trump did not provide any evidence to support the claims made by the anonymous Twitter user. He also did not address the fact that the story originated from the QAnon conspiracy theory, which has been widely discredited by journalists and law enforcement officials.
The Lack of Evidence
There is no evidence to support the claims made by the anonymous Twitter user or President Trump. Law enforcement officials have not announced any impending arrests of Biden or his son Hunter. In fact, the entire conspiracy theory seems to be based on a misunderstanding of the facts.
The emails in question were allegedly found on a laptop that belonged to Anthony Weiner, not Hunter Biden. The laptop was seized by the FBI during their investigation into Weiner’s sexting scandal. The laptop was found to contain emails between Weiner and his wife, Abedin, as well as some emails that were allegedly from Clinton’s private email server.
The laptop was turned over to the FBI in 2016, and the agency investigated the contents of the laptop. In 2017, former FBI Director James Comey announced that the agency had found no evidence of wrongdoing on Clinton’s part. It is unclear what became of the laptop after the FBI investigation was concluded.
Furthermore, the anonymous Twitter user has not provided any evidence to support their claims. They have not released any of the alleged emails, and their identity and credibility are in question.
The Dangers of Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy theories can be very dangerous, especially when they are disseminated by people in positions of power. The QAnon conspiracy theory has been linked to several acts of violence, including a shooting at a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. in 2016, and a terrorist attack on a train in Germany in 2018.
By promoting the conspiracy theory that alleges that Biden is involved in a sex trafficking operation, Trump is giving legitimacy to a conspiracy theory that has been widely discredited. This could lead to violence and harm to innocent people.
In addition, the conspiracy theory distracts from the serious issues that should be discussed during a presidential election. Instead of focusing on policy or the economy, the conversation is now dominated by a baseless conspiracy theory.
The conspiracy theory that alleges that Joe Biden is involved in a sex trafficking operation is baseless and lacks any evidence. President Trump’s promotion of the conspiracy theory is dangerous and distracting, and it distracts from the important issues that should be discussed during the presidential election. It is important that we as a society remain vigilant in our fight against disinformation, conspiracy theories, and hate speech. Only then can we move forward as a united and prosperous nation.