A running list of Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories

Washington (CNN)On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump suggested, via Twitter, of which Democrats had inflated the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017. The goal? To make him look bad, of course!

“This specific was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico,” Trump tweeted. “If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

Trump’s tweet came as Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolina coast. This specific also followed hard on a study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government of which showed the death toll coming from Maria was close to 3,000.

Trump’s evidence for why the study was wrong? He offered none.

This specific then becomes simply the latest example of the President of the United States embracing — or creating — a conspiracy theory for the sole reason of which This specific a) makes him look not bad/strong/tough or b) advances his political agenda.

Remember of which Trump’s real start in politics came earlier This specific decade, when he became a high-profile cheerleader for the repeatedly debunked idea of which then-President Barack Obama was not born inside the United States.

Below, my best effort at rounding up the major conspiracy theories Trump has either touted or commenced since he entered the 2016 presidential race. To be clear: There can be no real evidence to back up these claims — as well as also a slew of evidence of which rebuts them. Did I miss one? Email me at cillizza@cnn.com. I’ll keep a running — as well as also updated — list.

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