Many on the left are convinced that Trump and those close to him are secretly working with Russia. As a result, they tend to be quick to believe some absolutely insane conspiracy theories. Fortunately, reasonable people are starting to push back.
For example, a New York Times journalist recently sparked outraged after posting a series of tweets accusing several prominent conservatives of spying on the United States on behalf of Russia without providing any evidence. She also claimed, without evidence, that as punishment, government officials were considering the death sentence.
Earlier this week, Louise Mensch, a former Conservative MP in England and current Trump-Russia conspiracy theorist, went on Twitter and insisted that the death sentence was being considered for Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and others.
The first person she called out by name was Steve Bannon. “My sources say the death penalty, for espionage, being considered for [Steve Bannon]. I am pro-life and take no pleasure in reporting this,” tweeted Mensch, hoping people would believe her without any evidence. “Bannon coordinated the Russian attack on America since 2010,” she added in a follow-up tweet.
My sources say the death penalty, for espionage, being considered for @StevenKBannon. I am pro-life and take no pleasure in reporting this.
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) July 19, 2017
Believers in the conspiracy theory told Mensch that they wondered if the death penalty would extend to anyone else. “[It’s] being considered for others,” hinted Mensch, before adding Rudy Guliani’s name to the list of people being considered for execution. “Guiliani begged for a deal and was told to pound sand. He sang completely for ‘consideration’ at sentencing,” she explained.
Mensch then tweeted that the charges against them went beyond working with disinformation armies during the 2016 election. Specifically, she claimed, “he and [Sebastian Gorka] were also working for Russia with [General Michael Flynn] since 2010.”
According to Mensch, President Donald Trump may also be given the death penalty. On Twitter, she noted, “the evidence against [Donald Trump] is SIGINT. It is recordings audio and visual. It is overwhelming. He may indeed face the death penalty.”
The evidence against @realDonaldTrump is SIGINT. It is recordings audio and visual. It is overwhelming. He may indeed face the death penalty
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) July 19, 2017
However, since she failed to provide any evidence, her claims were largely met with ridicule. Paul Joseph Watson, a conservative writer and radio host, tweeted, “Mensch’s one woman political comedy act continues to impress.”
Michael Tracey, a journalist at The Young Turks, a far-left media organization, added, “Louise Mensch is obviously beyond parody, but her Russian conspiracy worldview is only one or two steps removed from your average Democrat.” He’s convinced that the Trump-Russia conspiracy is distracting his colleagues from more important issues.
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped Snowden leak classified information to the public, went so far as to criticize her “enablers.” After reading her tweet about Bannon possibly being executed, he went on Twitter and posted an image of the tweet alongside images of Donna Brazile, Laurence Tribe, and Joy Reid praising Mensch’s work. Underneath the image, he wrote, “congrats once again to everyone who enabled this.”
Congrats once again to everyone who enabled this pic.twitter.com/r2zLWQE6cH
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 19, 2017
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Mensch has made absolutely absurd claims. Earlier this year, she tweeted an absurd conspiracy theory about Andrew Breitbart, the founder of Breitbart News Network. “I absolutely believe that Andrew Breitbart was murdered by Putin, just as the founder of RT was murdered by Putin,” stated Mensch, which resulted in a massive amount of ridicule and mockery due to the lack of evidence supporting her claim.
A month later, she claimed a source told her that the Supreme Court notified Trump he was being impeached. “Sources further say that the Supreme Court notified Mr. Trump that the formal process of a case of impeachment against him was begun, before he departed the country on Air Force One,” wrote Mensch in a blog post. “The notification was given, as part of the formal process of the matter, in order that Mr. Trump knew he was not able to use his powers of pardon against other suspects in Trump-Russia cases,” she added, noting, “sources have confirmed that the Marshal of the Supreme Court spoke to Mr. Trump.”
However, those familiar with how the Supreme Court actually works knew that what Mensch was saying was completely false. “Hilarious – says Supreme Court notifies you of impeachment being considered. That’s, um, not how it works. Sad people think this is credible,” explained Brendan Nyhan, a political science professor at Dartmouth.
Since Mensch has repeatedly made false claims in the past, there’s no reason to believe what she says about people being considered for the death penalty. In order for that to change, she needs to provide actual evidence. Until then, her baseless accusations should continue to be met with mockery and ridicule.