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.
— The only Derp™ (@D2_Derpinator) September 8, 2016
— jim (@jlcoffeecup) September 8, 2016
— (((Susan Campbell))) (@campbellsl) September 8, 2016
@DonaldJTrumpJr Nothing says “team of winners” like making shitty excuses for why you got embarassed by the more prepared candidate.
— Ryan (@coachryan82) September 8, 2016
— Jeremy Dickey (@JeremyDDickey) September 8, 2016
— (((Morgan Harris))) (@mharris621) September 8, 2016
— #NeverTrump #ExGOP (@PaulWDrake) September 8, 2016
— Earl G Elliott III (@egelliott3) September 8, 2016
— Molly #CrookedPress (@Plantflowes) September 8, 2016
— Christopher Swartout (@chrisswartout) September 8, 2016
— Mark Stern (@mfstern) September 8, 2016
— Nick Flynn (@N1ckFlynn) September 8, 2016
As of press time the deluge of mockery was still pouring in.