Conservative websites and blogs have managed to find a way, today, to bring Hillary Clinton into the scandal surrounding President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is before the Senate judiciary committee today, testifying about the sexual assault she suffered, she says, at the hands of the current nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Thursday’s hearing began with testimony from Ford who recounted in painful detail the sexual assault.
Because nothing makes a conspiracy theory explode quite like the addition of Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday, Erik Erickson and Big League Politics, both conservative online pundits, wrote that they had a major break in the case against Kavanaugh. What was this break? It was a picture of Hillary Clinton with another middle-aged woman with short hair. The picture was circulated online along with a claim that the woman with Clinton was none other than Dr. Ford’s lawyer Debra Katz.
The conspiracy theory began, where so many do, on a QAnon message board. QAnon peddles in conspiracy theories like the claim that the Clintons are part of an international pedophile ring. Erickson and Big League Politics jumped on the Clinton claim, taking to Twitter with now deleted messages like this one:
And this one:
The trouble is, the woman with Clinton in the photo is not Debra Katz. In fact, it is Barbara Kinney, Hillary Clinton’s photographer. Both Erickson and Big League Political removed their tweets proliferating the conspiracy theory.
Travis View is a conspiracy theory researcher, he tweeted about the fast-moving theory writing: “Apparently
@EWErickson is spreading the false, 8chan-derived claim that Hillary Clinton and Debra Katz were pictured together in a 2016 photograph. The false claim went from 8chan, to QAnon Twitter, to MAGA Twitter, to mainstream conservative Twitter in under a day.”
Apparently @EWErickson is spreading the false, 8chan-derived claim that Hillary Clinton and Debra Katz were pictured together in a 2016 photograph.
The false claim went from 8chan, to QAnon Twitter, to MAGA Twitter, to mainstream conservative Twitter in under a day. https://t.co/rWzn9w5UsR
— Travis View (@travis_view) September 26, 2018