'He Spent Their Blood Like Currency': Trump Promotes Falconer's Bizarre Anti-Biden Conspiracy Theory

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The president, trailing Biden in the polls, repeatedly promoted baseless, inflammatory claims that Biden had orchestrated the slayings of "Seal Team Six" members involved in the Osama bin Laden operation.
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Three weeks before Election Day in 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump promoted a gruesome, incoherent, and baseless conspiracy theory that holds that his Democratic opponent Joe Biden had orchestrated the killings of U.S. special forces involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

According to the theory, Biden ordered the deaths either to keep the members of "Seal Team Six" from disclosing that the raid was a sham that had killed only bin Laden's "double," or as a form of "blood sacrifice" to Iran, in return for the silence of Iranian officials on the "true" nature of the May 2011 operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Trump's tweets marked yet another extraordinary departure from the norms of political campaign rhetoric, by a president who trailed his rival by more than 10 points in national polls, and who had previously promoted a tweet that falsely labeled Biden a "pedophile."

At an NBC town hall event on Oct. 16, host Savannah Guthrie asked Trump why he had promoted the "Seal Team Six" conspiracy theory to his 87 million Twitter followers, to which the president replied, "I know nothing about it, that was a retweet, that was an opinion of somebody, and that was a retweet. I put it out there, people can decide for themselves, I don't take a position."

Snopes asked the White House and Trump's reelection campaign whether the president believed that bin Laden was actually dead, or if he shared the view that Biden had deliberately arranged the assassinations of several members of the fabled "Seal Team Six." Remarkably, we did not receive a response to those requests for clarification.

What Trump 'Put Out There'

Trump promoted the conspiracy theory twice on Oct. 13. First, he retweeted a post by the account @The171111 that claimed "Hiden Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed!" and linked to an…
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