Donald Trump: Conspiracy Theorist?

Trump: Conspiracy Theorist

Donald Trump has been making serious headlines over his campaign in running for president. Although Trump has said a lot of inappropriate things and has some outrageous views, there are still people out there that stand by him, as he is a leader in the polls. We might be able to add another item to Trump's crazy list as he seems to have come up with his own conspiracy theory surrounding the San Bernardino shooting and what is going on in mosques around the country. Let's take a look at what Trump has been saying in the media.

Trump talks at Republican debate

At the most recent Republican debate, Donald Trump continued to use one phrase, which was "There's something going on, and it's bad." He believes that there is something going on with Obama that the nation doesn't know about, which might include U.S. mosques. Trump never came out and told the audience exactly what he thinks is going on, and kept it repetitive as a way to raise suspicion. Kyle Saunders of Colorado State University has studied conspiracy theories, and said that Trump is simply using psychology to give those who are looking for explanations, satisfaction. He is reducing fear and anxiety about the uncertainty of the world, which might be why Trump has a strong following.

Trump's San Bernardino explanation

Trump discussed the shooting that happened in San Bernardino last month, where fourteen people lost their lives at the hands of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. It seemed as if Trump believe that there was some way of preventing this attack because the family of the shooters were aware of what the couple was doing. Trump wonders why these family members didn't call the police. Joseph Uscinski, a political scientist at University of Miami and expert on conspiracy theories says that people can become intrigued by even the simplest words. Trump was evoking the idea that there were a large number of people who knew what was going to happen in San Bernardino, and simply decided to keep it a secret from society. It forces the audience to piece everything together to come up with their own possible conspiracy theory.

Trump will find out

Trump went as far as making comments that he wants to find out the full San Bernardino story, and he will get down to the bottom of it. However, investigators have been working diligently over the past month to find information about the shooting. Uscinski said that if "we need to get down to the bottom of the shooting", which has already been investigated by authorities, it makes people believe that there wasn't an official investigation. Trump is claiming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has done nothing, and people actually are believing the words coming out of his mouth.

What do you think about Trump's debate talk regarding a possible conspiracy theory involving the San Bernardino shootings? How does this play into his thoughts about Obama and mosques? Let us know what you think in the comments!