Conspiracy theories used to be relegated to the fringes of American political discourse.
Not so much anymore – now that one of the major political parties is itself pretty fringe.
When the notion that the government itself is out to get the people and needs to be dismantled and shut down is the position of one of your party’s frontrunners – you’re pretty far gone.That’s why the year’s top conspiracy theories as kooky as they are will seem familiar.The idea that the government was planning a military takeover of Texas—the dreaded Jade Helm plot—was fostered on Fox News and taken seriously by Governor Greg Abbott.Many of the GOP presidential frontrunners continue to perpetuate the lie that Planned Parenthood is a front for some barbaric baby-part selling operation.So-called reasonable person Marco Rubio suggested with a straight face that women were starting to seek abortions… for profit.
It’s not just Alex Jones and Glenn Beck spouting this stuff anymore.
When soft-spoken man of medicine Ben Carson mentions in an on-air interview his insane suspicions about why there are more Planned Parenthood clinics in black neighborhoods and no one laughs in his face—and his poll numbers go up—it’s hard not to think all is definitely lost.
Still – you have to laugh.
It beats despair.
Here’s a look back at five of the wackiest conspiracy theories the indefatigable right-wing loony factory pumped out this year.
While most of them came from the fertile mind of your favorite conspiracy crank Alex Jones they gripped a sizable number of the rabid conservatives who have attained—or gotten close to—elected office.