Politicians who believe in conspiracies have become more and more numerous since the early 2000s, thanks to the rapid spread of misinformation enabled by the Internet. They've also become commonplace thanks to post-9/11 fear of terrorist attacks, and the election of a liberal, African-American president in Barack Obama.
These political conspiracies almost always involve some kind of plot against American freedom, capitalism, and individual rights. They usually involve Obama and Democrats, though those liberals also believe in conspiracy theories - just not with the same enthusiasm that conservatives seem to. You don't have to even stay in national politics - many local officials and state senators are well-known for spouting political conspiracy theories. It might even be what gets them elected to higher office.
Here are all manner of politicians, from presidential candidates to local office-holders, who are all on record as believing in some kind of conspiracy theory.
Well known for her devotion to conservative political causes, former Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann was one of the most conspiracy-minded members of the House. Bachmann is staunchly anti-vaccine, has advocated for any number of discredited conspiracies about the Affordable Care Act and Benghazi attack, and her belief in gay conversion therapy flies in the face of responsible science.
In 2012, Bachmann and four other Republican representatives sent letters to five different federal agencies accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of having achieved “deep penetration” into the highest levels of the government. The move drew condemnation from both parties, and when Bachmann was challenged to provide proof to support these allegations, she simply repeated them.
- The former Congressman and presidential candidate has been an advocate for conspiracy theories going back decades. While in office, he had a side business lending his name to far-right newsletters that espoused everything from the "coming race war" to the UN taking away America's national sovereignty. More recently, he's advocated for everything from Ukraine really shooting down Flight MH17 to the US government being the "real" culprits in the Charlie Hebdo attack. Paul's response to criticism is that he's just asking questions and trying to get "the truth" out.
- Texas Senator John Cornyn is another of the many Republican candidates standing firm on the conspiracy theory that the UN is going to subvert American freedom. He vehemently opposed the 2012 UN Arms Trade Treaty on the grounds that it was "outsourcing" American sovereignty. In 2015, he arranged for a private meeting with a three star general to get assurance that the military exercise Jade Helm 15 wasn't actually a federal takeover of the Southwest.
Former New Hampshire state senator and conspiracy theorist Stella Tremblay was forced to resign in 2013 after she publicly agreed with Alex Jones’s accusation that the US government had planned the Boston Marathon bombings as a false flag attack.
In an egregious misuse of the “reply all” button, she emailed all 424 members of the New Hampshire legislature a manifesto entitled “Follow Up Reports,” containing dozens of links to conspiracy websites that all called the bombing a black ops job employing fake victims played by "crisis actors." She drew the wrath of both state political parties and resigned a few days after sending the email, never backing down from her belief that “a full investigation” of the bombings should be undertaken.