On Friday, Part VI in their series, the Times reports on how "California Fights Back."
Here are the opening paragraphs of “Conspiracy Theorist in Chief.”:
“It was bad enough back in 2011 when Donald Trump began peddling the crackpot conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not a native-born American. But at least Trump was just a private citizen then.
“By the time he tweeted last month that Obama had sunk so low as to ‘tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process,’ Trump was a sitting president accusing a predecessor of what would have been an impeachable offense.
“Trump went public with this absurd accusation without consulting the law enforcement and intelligence officials who would have disabused him of a conspiracy theory he apparently imbibed from right-wing media. After the FBI director debunked it, Trump held fast, claiming he hadn’t meant that he had been literally wiretapped.
“Most people know by now that the new president of the United States trafficks in untruths and half-truths, and that his word cannot be taken at face value.
“Even more troubling, though, is that much of his misinformation is of the creepiest kind. Implausible conspiracy theories from fly-by-night websites; unsubstantiated speculations from supermarket tabloids. Bigoted stories he may have simply made up; stuff he heard on TV talk shows.”
“He is allowing the credibility of his unimaginably powerful office to be exploited and wasted on crackpot ideas.”
Conspiracy Theorist in Chief