On Saturday, President Donald Trump praised Wayne Dupree, a conspiracy theorist who claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre involved crisis actors.
“So true Wayne,” Trump tweeted to his 48 million followers, responding to a message from Dupree about being black and conservative in America.
Dupree, however, is a prominent conspiracy theorist who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting that left 28 people dead, including 20 first graders, was a hoax. Dupree claimed that grieving parents were actually “crisis actors” who were participating in a hoax as part of a conspiracy to impose gun control in America.
— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) January 20, 2013
Dupree told readers that the parents were actors because they weren’t expressing genuine emotions and were advocating for gun safety measures.
Unemotional, detached, contrived. With two real children involved, if this were real, they would be real and would be with their children, consoling them, not promoting the New World Order agenda of total control, including the control of children’s minds.
Trump is praising Dupree as similar allegations circulate about the student survivors of the Parkland massacre being “crisis actors.” The claim that outspoken students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, especially David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, are crisis actors has gone viral on social media platforms. The conspiracy theory has also been advanced by NRA board member Ted Nugent and Donald Trump Jr. Social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube, have attempted to remove this content, with very limited success.
Now the President of the United States is elevating a voice that is making the same claims. In a tweet posted February 19th, Dupree suggested that the student survivors were just acting, presenting various photos from an interview several students gave to CBS News. “Silence on the set,” Dupree tweeted.
Silence on the set……3……2……1….. Action! pic.twitter.com/QZolT6pGy4
— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) February 20, 2018
Trump has a history of elevating fringe conspiracies through his Twitter account. In November, Trump recommended the website Magapill.com, a website that features information on “false flag terrorism,” “organ harvesting,” “child/human sacrifice,” “weaponized forced vaccination,” and “earthquake machines.”
Trump also appeared as a candidate with InfoWars host Alex Jones, who claimed the victims of Sandy Hook were child actors. Jones has claimed that numerous other tragedies including 9/11, San Bernardino and the Boston Marathon Bombing were “inside jobs.”
“Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down,” Trump told Jones.