U.S. President Donald Trump is under fire spreading a conspiracy theory with a retweet on Twitter Tuesday alleging that Osama Bin Laden is still alive and Joe Biden and Barack Obama “may have had Seal Team 6 killed.”
The former Navy Seal who killed bin Laden blasted Trump on CNN Wednesday. Robert O'Neill, 44, expressed to host Chris Cuomo his shock to see the "highest-ranking person in the country" ... "trampling on the graves of some of the best heroes" in the United States.
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The tweet Trump retweeted read, “Hiden Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed! EXPLOSIVE: CIA Whistleblower Exposes Biden’s Alleged Role with the Deaths of Seal Team- Claims to have Documented Proof. RETWEET!!!”
The tweet came from an account linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory and linked to an article that further laid out the conspiracy theory.
The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer explains that this “bizarre theory, which is outre even by the standards of the right’s usual Benghazi claims, also alleges that Osama Bin Laden’s body-double, rather than the terrorist mastermind himself, was killed in 2011.”
Twitter has since suspended the account Trump retweeted after the tweet went viral as a result of Trump boosting it. Reactions on Twitter were quick and condemned Trump’s promotion of the conspiracy theory.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper called it “sheer lunacy.” Trump critic George Conway jested, “gosh, the president should be careful what he retweets because people might get the impression he is possibly deranged.”
Trump on Wednesday will hold a rally in Iowa, as he tries to make up for time lost on the campaign trail during his recent bout with the coronavirus.
As Trump races against the clock, Americans are casting ballots early at a record pace. Close to 12 million people have already voted, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.
Long lines in Texas and Georgia snaked out of polling places and down sidewalks on Tuesday as people rushed to vote. Early voting starts in three more states on Wednesday - Kansas, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
Trump, a Republican who trails Democrat Joe Biden in national and some key state opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, will stage an evening rally at the airport in Des Moines, Iowa. Biden has no public campaign events scheduled after stumping in Florida on Tuesday.
Trump returned to the campaign trail on Monday night in Florida for the first time since disclosing he had the coronavirus. The rally came hours after the White House said Trump had tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days and was not infectious to others.