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Tue Sep 1, 2020, 08:45 PM

Trump's 'plane loaded with thugs' conspiracy theory matches months-old rumor

Source: NBC News

Trump's 'plane loaded with thugs' conspiracy theory matches months-old rumor

Evidence-free social media posts about groups of people coming to terrorize suburbs have thrived in recent months, inspiring some people to arm themselves.

Sept. 1, 2020, 8:32 AM EDT
By Ben Collins

The conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump pushed Monday that a plane “almost completely loaded with thugs” had been set to disrupt the Republican National Convention was almost identical to a rumor that went viral on Facebook three months ago.

In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump claimed that “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.”

He then claimed the matter was “under investigation right now.”

There is no evidence of any such flight. When Ingraham asked for more information about the flight, the president said, "I'll tell you sometime." He then alleged the people had been headed to Washington to disrupt the RNC.

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The claim about the flight matches a viral Facebook post from June 1 that falsely claimed, “At least a dozen males got off the plane in Boise from Seattle, dressed head to toe in black.” The post, by an Emmett, Idaho, man, warned residents to “Be ready for attacks downtown and residential areas,” and claimed one passenger had “a tattoo that said Antifa America on his arm.”

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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-s-plane-loaded-thugs-rumor-matches-months-old-facebook-n1238962

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 09:18 PM

1. If they went to that much trouble, why didn't they play their hand?

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Wed Sep 2, 2020, 02:44 PM

2. On Facebook from Putin operatives that we now know that DHS knew all about?

They were also spreading lies about Biden and dementia yet DHS decided to withhold that info.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/politics/dhs-bulletin-russia-joe-biden/index.html

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Wed Sep 2, 2020, 09:44 PM

3. Now he is calling Benedictine nuns thugs.

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