After having tried and failed on several occasions to talk some sense into the deplorable brand of Trump supporters elsewhere online, I've decided it might be useful to compile a list of the dumbest lies, bullshit, and conspiracy theories that influenced the 2016 election. It did not come as much of a surprise to me that so many people are this gullible or willfully ignorant, seeing as how 42% of Americans believe in creationism and about half of Americans believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories and others like it. I'm not just singling out right wingnuts, as there are plenty of leftists who believe CTs too-- in fact, the belief in various CTs about Hillary Clinton was so strong among voters on the left that a considerable number of them voted third-party or abstained from the election entirely.
Let's start with one that was used as a major talking point by the Right, the Hillary Clinton emails. This likely cost her more than 2% of the vote, which would have been enough to tip the scales. By now, everyone has heard the story. You can get the facts about it here.
There are several important things that are worth pointing out. FBI director James Comey certainly has no love for Hillary Clinton, as his ill-timed announcement that may have cost Hillary the election came just a week before the polls opened. Yet even so, he concluded on two separate occasions that there was no evidence that Hillary had committed any intentional wrongdoing. He didn't exonerate or clear her, because those require an actual criminal charge, and Hillary was never even charged in the first place. Comey did the equivalent of throwing the case out before it ever went to court.
Trump supporters claim that Clinton's violation of protocol was a criminal offense, but legal minds more experienced than they have concluded otherwise. She did not break the law, she violated a social norm or moral folkway. Government officials are supposed to use a government server, but there's really not much stopping them from doing otherwise. Past officials have used private email servers, including numerous Bush administration officials. Though I'm not defending this behavior in either case, because this led to allegations back in 2007 that 22 million emails went missing. It's suspected that 95% of Bush's cabinet used private RNC servers. These weren't mere personal correspondences like Clinton's either, as they pertained to the Iraq War and War on Terror among other things.
Another fact that often gets ignored, and one that you will never hear a peep from the Right about, is that Trump has his own share of shady email mishandling. Over the years, Trump's businesses have destroyed hundreds of thousands of emails in direct violation of court orders. This isn't the equivalent of what Hillary Clinton's staffers did, it's far worse, because it was intentional. Logically, this makes Trump much more crooked than Clinton ever was, but Trump supporters have the gall to defend him by saying, "He did it as a private citizen, so it should be of no concern to anyone." Yeah, the same guy who ran for president based on his business experience, saying he would run the country exactly like he ran his businesses.
You can see their blatant hypocrisy for yourself. Several of Trump's high ranking cabinet members have private RNC email servers and when asked, a majority of Trump supporters are perfectly okay with this. This proves that the Clinton emails were a non-issue, a distraction issue, and were just one of the many things Trump said only to get elected. However, that hasn't stopped the deplorables from bringing up that talking point over and over again whenever they feel like re-litigating the election.
The irony in all this is that when Russia hacked the DNC, they didn't get into Clinton's private server and they didn't hack Clinton's emails. Those were leaked from other sources.