Democrats Are Becoming A Conspiracy Theory Party
Many Democrats and liberals are increasingly embracing conspiracy theories and fake news about Donald Trump and Russia, to the point that it is swallowing up their whole party.
This cynical ploy — to spread unproven accusation and baseless theories–is done with the intent of hurting Donald Trump. If the left can kick up enough dust around Trump and Russia, they can continue to erode away at his popularity and ability to accomplish anything of note by making him look like an illegitimate president.
In many liberals’ minds, the Democratic Party is the “party of science.” Democrats are the party of reason and facts, and the liberal media is the arbiter of truth, standing against a torrent of fake news and propaganda spread by the big bad right-wing media.
However, recent statements and actions from Democrats show a party consumed by conspiracies and conjecture, not substantive facts or policy ideas.
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Failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking on-stage at CodeCon yesterday, rattled off a number of claims that were bordering on, if not outright, conspiracy theories.
Clinton breathlessly claimed, without a shred of evidence, that the Trump campaign likely “guided” Russia to “weaponize that information,” referring to the hacked emails released by Wikileaks.
This is a baseless conspiracy theory for which there exists not a single piece of evidence to support it.
Clinton also pointed to “fake news,” and the role of social media in her loss, saying, “(t)hey were run of the mill emails. Stuff that were so common. Within one hour they dumped them and then began to weaponize them. They had their allies like Infowars say the most outlandish, absurd lies you could imagine. They had to be ready for that.”
“That really influenced the information people were relying on. If you look at Facebook the vast majority of the news items posted were fake. They were connected to, as we now know, the 1000 Russian agents… They were connected to the bots. It was such a new experience. I understand why people on Facebook would think ‘oh Hillary Clinton did that. I did not know that,’” Clinton said, adding, “(f)ake news, lies that’s a good word too. The other side was using content that was just flat out false and delivering it in a very personalized way. Above the radar screen and below.”
The claim that so-called “fake news” cost Clinton the election has been throughly debunked. A study by Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow, of New York University and Stanford University, respectively, showed that the “the average voter believed less than one pro-Trump fake story.”
Who could imagine Mitt Romney acting like this after he lost to Barack Obama in 2012?
Even Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC referred to Clinton’s speculation at CodeCon as a “conspiracy theory.”
Clinton isn’t the only Democrat to give into fake news and conspiracies.
A recent poll shows that 58% of Democrat voters think Russia “tampered with vote tallies” to get Donald Trump elected, a conspiracy theory with no evidence to back it up.
Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton also randomly blurted out a conspiracy theory about Trump and Russia on television in April.
As even the left-leaning outlet Vox pointed out, Democrats and liberals are falling for “liberal conspiracy theories” and fake news.
CNN has reported that Trump’s presidency is spreading conspiracy theories on the left.
And an article in The New York Times — not exactly a conservative paper — made a similar case. The post, entitled, “Why More Democrats Are Now Embracing Conspiracy Theories,” written by Brendan Nyhan, claims that there has been a, “noticeable increase in the flow of dubious and unsupported claims among liberals.”
However, while Nyhan provides valuable insight into the increase in lies and conspiracies propagated by Democrats, he fails to see the big picture. The party isn’t just embracing conspiracies, they are using Russia conspiracies as their entire reason for existence. Democratic Party figures and liberal media outlets have devoted tremendous amount of attention and time to the Trump-Russia narrative, to the point where its becoming a defining issue of the party.
If no evidence of collusion surfaces, the party will likely devolve into even more Russia conspiracy nonsense to explain away Clinton’s 2016 loss and the Democratic Party will become a conspiracy theory party.
And by giving into such hysteria and stupidity, liberals are losing credibility and wasting political capital, abandoning the few issues Democrats could actually beat establishment Republicans on, namely–protecting Social Security and working for a better health-care system.
Increasingly, it seems like establishment Democrats need to hear what Hillary Clinton said on the campaign trail, and paraphrased again yesterday: “You are entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”
Many Democrats and liberals are increasingly embracing conspiracy theories and fake news about Donald Trump and Russia, to the point that it is swallowing up their whole party. This cynical ploy -- t
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