Trump retweeted conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was “brought” to the US to discredit him

Trump retweeted conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was "brought" to the US to discredit him

President Trump, who has not given up trying to challenge the 2020 election, has backed another conspiracy theory – retweeting a video on Sunday that claims the coronavirus was “imported” into the US to tarnish his image.

The recording, which is just over a minute long, has garnered more than 370,000 views and 20,000 retweets – despite the social network marking its content as “controversial”. The video, posted by an anonymous account called @a17time, opens with the words “How to steal an election”, while Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song No Church In The Wild plays in the background.

“Start with a virus, bring it to America, talk about it nonstop, call governors, send patients to nursing homes, kill thousands, blame the president. – Says the voice-over – Destroy small businesses and the economy, make everyone vote by mail, incite race wars and call for violence.

The unidentified man then accuses the press of “covering up” for Biden and downplaying the merits of Trump, which he believes include growing the economy and fighting for “world peace”. To date, most conspiracy theories calling the election rigged have been refuted by authorities and independent organisations, which have concluded that there was no electoral interference. Most of Trump’s lawsuits with similar allegations have also been either withdrawn or dismissed by the courts.