https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/21/politics/crisis-actors-analysis/index.html

How Donald Trump has enabled the outrageous 'crisis actors' conspiracy in Florida

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

None of these theories are true. Hogg, as confirmed by Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie, is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. That his father is a retired FBI agent is an interesting but largely irrelevant fact. And there's simply no evidence that George Soros -- as Kingston suggested -- or any other major liberal activist or donor was involved in organizing the trip the students took to Tallahassee on Tuesday night or the national rally for gun control being planned for next month.
The lack of verifiable facts to prop up these conspiracy theories has done little to stop their spread, however. As Michael Grynbaum notes in a terrific piece for The New York Times:

"In written posts and YouTube videos — one of which had more than 100,000 views as of Tuesday night — Gateway Pundit has argued that Mr. Hogg had been coached on what to say during his interviews. The notion that Mr. Hogg is merely protecting his father dovetails with a broader right-wing trope, that liberal forces in the F.B.I. are trying to undermine President Trump and his pro-Second Amendment supporters."

If liberals could find a way to cast millions of illegal votes, after all, why couldn't they also find a way to exploit and engineer reaction to a school shooting?
This is the broader -- and less covered -- impact of Trump's fundamental re-imagining of what a president can and should mean to our country and the world. Whether or not Trump agrees with any of the conspiracy theories about Parkland pinging around the Internet and conservative talk radio, he has enabled them -- by his past words and actions -- to get a far broader hearing than they deserve. And that's a damn shame.
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