Trumpism, Fake News and the “New Normal”

  • Daniel C. HellingerEmail author


One clue that many of the critiques of Trump should be called “conspiracy theories” is that they often begin with, “I’m not a conspiracy theory, but…” But is Trump’s claim that he was deprived of a popular majority in the 2016 vote different ontologically from Stephen Colbert’s repeated insistence the Vladimir Putin has material to blackmail Trump? Both conform to the common sense definition of conspiracy offered in Chapters  1 and  2: They involve collaboration by two or more individuals to achieve a political goal, which would be frustrated by revelation and which is embarrassing, illegal, or unethical. This chapter reviews some of the most political controversial conspiracy theories, including claims about “fake news”, rigging elections, Russian collusion (“Russiagate”), illegal surveillance of Trump’s campaign (“Spygate”); it argues that both pro- and anti-Trump conspiracy theories involved charges of a group of people colluding with one another in what Chapter  2 has defined as “operational conspiracies.”


Conspiracy Theories Fake newsFake News Deep stateDeep State FBIFederal Bureau Main Stream Media 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International RelationsWebster UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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