Trump loves unhinged ‘plane loaded with thugs’ conspiracies. This could be why.
Despite an ailing economy and a bungled pandemic response, polls show that President Donald Trump continues to enjoy strong support among white male voters. Could one reason be his affinity for conspiracy theories — a characteristic so many of his strong supporters share? In the past, the president has voiced his appreciation of QAnon, a bizarre set of right-wing theories involving satanism, pedophilia in the “deep state” and now baseless coronavirus notions. Just Monday, during a wild interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump repeated another dangerous conspiracy rumor that had gone viral in far-right social media communities.Referring to the Republican National Convention last week, Trump claimed, “We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that.”There is no such plane.Just Monday, during a wild interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump repeated another dangerous conspiracy rumor.If you look closely, it’s hard not to notice a pattern among those who believe narratives involving secret plots, planes full of armed “thugs” and groundless theories about the coronavirus’s origins and seriousness: There are an