Election conspiracy theories take center stage
November 7, 2016
Merriam-Webster defines a conspiracy theory as “a theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups.” This year different conspiracy theories trended on Twitter, leading to heated debates among strangers and/or a sudden realization that your entire life is a lie. With the presidential election creeping up on us, conspiracy theories take center stage. Sit back and enjoy the next four conspiracy theories that surround the 2016 election.
- Donald Trump is actually a plant hired by the Democratic Party
One of the most famous conspiracies surrounding the election encompasses how Donald Trump is a plant to destroy any chance of the Republican Party having the presidential seat in the White House. Some political figures pointed out how the Republican nominee donated money to the Clinton Foundation, including governor Jeb Bush who implied in a tweet that Trump negotiated with the Clintons under the table. Although Trump denied these allegations, this conspiracy will continue to linger until the election heat runs its course.
- The entire election is rigged
After Trump’s comments about competing in a rigged election surfaced during a mid-October rally, many Americans began agreeing with the business mogul. He believes the Democrat party is culminating in mass voter fraud, rigging the polls with deceptive or inaccurate voting numbers. A study by the Pew Center presented a number of findings, including how 1.8 million people who are registered to vote have passed away and 2.75 million people are registered in more than one state, contributing to voter fraud accusations. Also according to a 2014 study by the University of Chicago, 51 percent of Americans agree or strongly agree that the United States government is corrupt and makes many major decisions made by an elite minority.
- Google suppresses negative information about Hillary Clinton
This conspiracy started when “SourceFed,” a pop culture website, posted a YouTube video claiming to have evidence that Google purposely alters negative search engines results for Clinton. They explained that typing “Hillary Clinton cri–” into the Google search engine produced top results showing “Hillary Clinton crisis” and “Hillary Clinton crime bill of 1994” instead of “Hillary Clinton criminal charges.” A Google spokesperson confirmed that by searching a name such as Trump or Clinton, the website avoids bringing up offensive results first.
- Hillary Clinton has a body double because she is sick
Hillary Clinton indeed suffered from pneumonia in September, but got a doctor’s note saying she was fit to serve as president for the media to see. Aside from the pneumonia, some believe that she has Parkinson’s disease and a body double to fill in for her. In the last couple of weeks, conspiracy theories on tabloids like the National Enquirer and websites like Reddit all came to the conclusion that she does have a body double. Different news sites talked about Clinton fainting during a 9/11 ceremony in California and recovering 90 minutes later, looking rejuvenated as if she never had been sick a day in her life. Many researchers have tried to prove that she has a body double, so much so that they have been examining her fingers, her chin and her earrings. On Twitter, the hashtag #ClintonBodyDouble was trending throughout the day and those who participated in the trend started comparing photos from 2001 to 2016 showing their evidence of the body double.