How Trump Is Spreading a Conspiracy Theory About Pelosi, Biden and Sanders ,
Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, tapped out on his iPad. “By timing the trial so it takes place during the Iowa lead-up, she has leverage over the liberals.”
“Don’t rule out that the reason Pelosi hasn’t sent impeachment to the Senate is to hurt Warren and Sanders, and to help Biden,”Fleischer’s message was retweeted 1,400 times.
Seven days later, Fleischer’s theory that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was attempting to influence the Democratic primary , President Donald Trump. “They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously,”
Trump tweeted Friday, claiming his Senate trial was designed to keep Sanders, the Vermont senator, grounded in Washington instead of campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses.
“Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy Joe Biden, and Bernie is shut out again,” the president added. An idea that caught fire on Twitter and became grist for Trump demonstrates ,
How the same echo chamber of right-wing media that boosted him in 2016 is exerting its power again just before the first primary votes are cast in 2020. There was nothing new in terms of the process that got the idea in front of Trump.
Republican lawmakers and online media outlets can drive disinformation through repetition and amplification. Two days after Fleischer’s tweet, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s show on Fox News and repeated it.
One day later, the message had reached the White House, where Trump, a frequent purveyor of conspiracy theories, presented the idea as a fact. “It’s easy to see why Bernie and his supporters would think the establishment is screwing them again,”