Trump Floats Conspiracy Theory on Migrants

Asserts that 'a lot of money' is being paid for people to join caravan ahead of midterms
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2018 2:18 AM CDT
President Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Missoula, Mont.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – A new mass group of migrants in Central America is walking toward the US border, and President Trump on Thursday suggested the timing is fishy so close to the midterms. At a rally in Montana, Trump seemed to back a conspiracy theory that Democrats or their supporters were paying migrants to join the caravan, reports the AP. "Now we're starting to find out—and I won't say it 100 percent, I'll put it a little tiny question mark on the end, but ... a lot of money has been passing through people to try to get to the border by Election Day, because they think that is a negative for us,” the president said, per Politico. Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted a video, originally posted by Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, showing a man handing out cash, presumably to migrants. It is not known when or where the video was shot.

"Can you believe this, and what Democrats are allowing to be done to our Country?" Trump wrote in his tweet. Gaetz went further, wondering whether someone such as George Soros was funding the caravan. Gaetz initially said the footage was from Honduras, where most of the migrants in the caravan are from, but he later posted a correction after questions sprang up: "Because a Honduran government official sent me this video, I believed it came from Honduras." During his rally, Trump said Democrats favored the caravan because they assume "everybody coming in" will vote for them. "They wanted that caravan and there are those that say that caravan didn't just happen," he added. "It didn't just happen."

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