Donald Trump, the most prominent Republican right now, suggested on national TV on Monday that President Obama allowed Sunday's horrific terror attack in Orlando to happen. And maybe, Trump hinted, the president is even somehow involved.
On Fox & Friends, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate said, "He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understands—it's one or the other and either one is unacceptable."
"Look," he continued, "we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind. And the something else in mind—you know, people can't believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."
A little while later, Trump called in to NBC's Today show, where he echoed those remarks:
"There are a lot of people who think maybe he doesn't want to get it. A lot of people think maybe he doesn't want to know about it. I happen to think he just doesn't know what he's doing. But there are many people who think he doesn't want to get it, he doesn't want to see what's really happening."
Now imagine if on Sept. 12, 2001 the nation's most prominent Democrat went on national TV and suggested President Bush was somehow linked to the attacks. Of course it's inconceivable, but so is pretty much everything that's happened in 2016 so far.
Monday's rantings aren't the only conspiracy theories Trump's been floating lately. On the campaign trail, he's suggested the president is holding the threat of prison over Hillary Clinton in exchange for her praise of his foreign policy, particularly the Iran deal.
"She doesn't want to go to jail!" He said at a rally in San Jose last month. "That's why folks, that's why."
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