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At U.N., Nikki Haley Denounces Leaders Who Spread Conspiracy Theories

President Donald Trump is widely known to be taken in by and promote conspiracy theories.

In one of the most blatant displays of irony to come from the Trump administration, UN ambassador Nikki Haley lambasted President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on Thursday for employing alleged conspiracy theories during a speech in which he denounced President Donald Trump's handling of Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

Referring to a portion of the speech in which Abbas gave a lengthy lecture about the origins of Zionism, Haley said, “A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace.”

President Trump himself is widely known to be a dabbler in conspiracy theories:

  • Trump jumped on board the 'Birther' movement alleging that former President Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim
  • He has indicated he believes a 'deep state' effort is underway to topple his presidency.
  • After winning the election, Trump talked of 'millions' of illegal votes that went to Hillary Clinton, costing him the popular vote.
  • He insisted there was something nefarious about the 'Uranium One' deal.
  • And he retweets Twitter accounts that traffic in conspiracy theories.

And during a speech to mayors on Wednesday, Trump suggested that a conspiracy of some sort might explain why Obama put restrictions on selling military-grade equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

“The previous administrations — but in particular, the previous administration — they didn’t like to do that, and someday they’ll explain why,” Trump said, the implication being that secret motives were at work.