On Thursday morning, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an Alex Jones/InfoWars conspiracy theory regarding Wednesday night's Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC and is getting roundly mocked for it.
Matt Drudge, Jones and other rightwing internet hysterics are proclaiming that a screen capture from the forum shows "some kind of flesh-colored device embedded inside her ear."
Actor-turned-conservative-crank James Woods posted the screen capture at 4:51 a.m. on Thursday, writing, "Earpiece? #CrookedHillary" and "She can't even lie without help."
The "earpiece" story echoes another right-wing freakout from 2012, when conspiracy-mongers thought they'd caught Pres. Barack Obama wearing an earpiece during a debate with Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA). Snopes.com debunked that particular story, but Jones and Drudge ran with this election season's iteration, which was then picked up by Trump Jr., who tweeted out a link to the InfoWars post...and probably instantly regretted it.
@DonaldJTrumpJr @RealAlexJones Donnie your dad would need two earpieces and have to learn sign language to give an intelligent answer.— jim (@jim) 1473343744.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr More importantly, was @realDonaldTrump wearing a hair piece?— Jeremy Dickey (@Jeremy Dickey) 1473343982.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @RealAlexJones You can tell when a candidate knows they got creamed from the conspiracy theories they invent.— Morgan Harris 💛🐝 (@Morgan Harris 💛🐝) 1473343392.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @RealAlexJones Nice work, Sonny, retweeting something from the 9/11 Troofer, Chemtrails wacko website. #DumbAsYourOldMan— Joe Biden, Your Next President (@Joe Biden, Your Next President) 1473344128.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @RealAlexJones @infowars seriously? This is obviously a reflection of light. Go back to your lizard people stories— Earl G Elliott III (@Earl G Elliott III) 1473344721.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Dad still likes Ivanka best, no matter how hard you try. #justnotgoodenough— Chris Swartout (@Chris Swartout) 1473344824.0
.@DonaldJTrumpJr @RealAlexJones @infowars It's obvious your dad doesn't use an earpiece by his sophomoric answers. Maybe he should!— Mark Stern (@Mark Stern) 1473343834.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @RealAlexJones Hey, if my dad shit his pants that badly on national TV, I'd be looking for bullshit distraction stories too.— Steve Zissou (@Steve Zissou) 1473343531.0
As of press time the deluge of mockery was still pouring in.