"I just think he supports the game," said a former senior administration official. "It's much easier to have a theory of conspiracy than to deal with the facts. He and the facts are hostile to one another. He and the facts do not understand. If you do not understand the facts and have an administration known for lying, then everything becomes a theory of conspiracy. "
Many Trump allies and former advisers take a more charitable approach, saying that the president often sucks in intriguing treats. and then highlights them for a more in-depth study of the American public and media.
"I learned a long time ago to quit worrying," says Jason Miller, a former spokesman for Trump's 201
Drawing so heavily on unfounded thoughts, critics argue that the president has cooperated with the Republican Party in a factless operation,
A Republican close to the White House said he would much prefer Republicans in the House to take over a leading role in refuting the impeachment inquiry into a statement at a time, not the president making it hour by hour with his various theories and tweets.
"In recent years, it has been disturbing for the party to rely more and more on foreign theories about what the" deep state "is doing," says Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. "Where were all those people who suddenly seemed to exist in government when Ronald Reagan ruled the government or when Bush 41 or 43 were there? Where were all these people? "
" It's simply easier to blame this on some wicked organization and individuals than it is for you to do the work you are about to do. If I can blame you, why would I take responsibility? ", Add Steele.
The White House press center did not respond to a request for comment.
As he hits the 1000th day of his presidency this week, Trump continues to move seamlessly between facts and fabrications. He has often been lied to – over 12,000 since taking office by number, and rarely clears them afterwards.
During his business career, he was often caught lying, such as Princess Diana renting an apartment in Trump Tower or calling reporters while pretending to be a public relations spokesman named John Miller.
But in his real estate days in New York, Trump was not a big fan of conspiracy theories, said Barbara Res, a former head of the Trump organization.
It is true that he has never claimed responsibility for something negative that has happened to him or his business and treated the accident as a personal attack, Res said, "but as far as the promotion of true conspiracy theories is concerned, . "
" His ideas are more advanced and evolving now, but he has new problems. The conspiracy theory he throws is the answer, "she said.
Trump went deep into conspiratorial land in 2011 when he became embroiled in the discredited notion that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. The State of Hawaii released the original Obama birth certificate in 2011 to prove that he was actually born in the United States
Yet the theory of "incarnation" still serves as a major part of Trump's political ascent, even as evidence proved false, and Trump weighed in on his bid for president.
Obama was having fun with Trump for igniting the movement of bitterness during a glittering dinner of White House correspondents in 2011 while Trump was stoned in front of an audience.
"No one is happier, no one is proud to let this birth certificate rest with Donald," Obama told a crowd of thousands of journalists, politicians and celebrities. "And that's because he can finally go back to focusing on the issues that matter – like, have we faked the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac? "
As President, Trump has been promoting conspiracy theories since he came to the forefront of the idea of the deep state, Clinton emails, or the alleged wiretapping of his campaign campaigns in New York by the Obama administration. He also encourages the idea that Ukraine interferes in the 2016 election to help the Democrats: Trump's former top security adviser, accused, recently stepped down in public, citing no evidence of the allegation.
Former administration officials say it's now futile to try to talk Trump into these theories – with logic, data, common sense, or even government intelligence – after getting involved in the idea.
Some White House aides, such as senior adviser Stephen Miller or Chinese trade hawk Peter Navarro, often help feed Trump's conspiracy minds – especially with the idea that China is trying to steal all jobs in the US or every student in China the exchange is a spy. The latter is a mantra that Miller has often discussed with the president, according to two former employees.