By Alan Gordon
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claims to have finally cracked the reason why former President Barack Obama is trying to bring down President Donald Trump. According to fellow wingnut conspiracy theorists, Obama is marshaling his allies in the so-called “deep state” to remove Trump from office, said Media Matters.
“The conspiracy theory spread among far-right and fake news outlets before reaching more traditional right-wing media. Fake news websites further expanded on the conspiracy theory later in the year, suggesting ‘shadow president’ Obama was violating the Logan Act, a law barring private citizens from interfering with American foreign policy,” said Media Matters writer Alex Kaplan. “In March, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), speaking at a town hall in his district, said Obama was using his D.C. home ‘for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to run a shadow government that is gonna totally upset the new agenda.’ A spokesperson for Kelly later walked back the conspiratorial remark.”
Media Matters said this was also repeated by right-wing author Ed Klein, who claimed Obama was renting a house in Washington, D.C. to organize his conspiracy against Trump.
According to Jones, founder of conspiracy theory clearinghouse “InfoWars,” Obama wants to take out Trump because the president was getting close to revealing Obama’s secret sex life.
“I’ve said this before, but I believe that Obama is in the closet, that was why he married Michelle Obama, who looks like a man,” said Jones on his show. “Trump threatened to expose his secret.”
According to SemDem, a writer on Daily Kos, this is a commonly repeated conspiracy theory among right-wingers. This was something he experienced during political discussions with co-workers in Texas.
“At this point, another guy jumped in to help his flailing buddy out. He hit me with what he believed to be the ultimate smackdown of logic. He told me that Obama was gay,” said the Daily Kos writer.