I thought it would be fun to come up with my own conspiracy theories about politics and the election. However, unlike actual CTers, I admit right up front that this is pure speculation for the sake of satire, and I have no concrete evidence. I want these to be convincing enough to make people wonder, but also obviously facetious.
Trump was a plant by the Clintons
Given how much Donald and Hillary were at each other's throats during the campaign, it would be hard to tell that the Clintons and Trumps were longtime friends. Bill and Hillary attended the wedding of Donald and Melania. In 2008, Donald endorsed Hillary for president, and has donated to the Clinton Foundation. This is why, even though it shocked a lot of people when Trump said he wouldn't prosecute Clinton once he'd won the election, it didn't surprise me at all.
Why would the Clintons do this? To destroy the Republican Party from within. Trump himself used to be much further to the left on many issues, but when he sought the Republican nomination, he went full flop. There is evidence that the DNC elevated Trump. Sure, you're supposed to think it's because they thought he'd be an easier opponent for Hillary to beat, but you have to wonder if they had ulterior motives, especially given that Hillary still somehow managed to lose to him.
This directly ties into my second conspiracy theory.
Hillary threw the election to screw Bernie
How exactly did Hillary lose the general election to the most easily beatable candidate in history? It's not like she didn't know how to run for office, and it's not like she didn't have firsthand experience with two successful Democratic bids for the White House. Yet for some strange reason, she ignored the warnings of the Sanders campaign, ignored the Rust Belt states despite Obama telling her to campaign there, and she sat on her ass trying to "run out the clock" in the leadup to Election Day. Sure, she had Bernie, and Liz, and Obama running around campaigning on her behalf, but she was nowhere to be seen.
I think it's because there was something more important to her than winning. Even if it meant she had to lose the election, Hillary was not going to let a single shred of Bernie's platform pass. Prior to the convention, Bernie had helped her draft the Democratic Party platform, the most progressive platform in history, as he put it. This meant that many elements of Bernie's agenda were now promises Hillary would have to keep, and this went against everything she stood for as a corporate Democrat. The one thing Hillary did not want to do was piss off the biggest donors to the party, because in her mind, this would cause immeasurable harm to the Democrats. She ran her campaign was under the rationale that she needed lots of corporate money in her war chest to combat the Republicans who do the same. This is nothing new; time and again, corporate Dems will ignore the people in order to appease their donors.
If you listen to the things the corporate Dems have been saying since, and the constant attacks on progressives such as blaming the voters for not falling in line behind Hillary, they are still completely hopeless. They will do anything to avoid having to change their ways, to the point where money is even more important than actually winning elections. If they cared about winning elections, they would have run on single-payer, free public college, ending the wars, and a New New Deal a long time ago.
And speaking of how stupid the corporate Dems are:
Trump is purposely fanning the flames of the Russia scandal
The Russia scandal has been the first and usually only talking point of the corporate Dems and MSNBC since the election. One of the biggest criticisms progressives have of the mainstream / corporate media is they keep beating you over the head with, "Russia, Russia, Russia!" all day long, at the expense of talking about other events or issues. They rarely talk about healthcare, except in terms of defending the ACA from Trumpcare. They rarely talk about the environment, except maybe when a hurricane hits. They rarely talk about all the military engagements the US is tied up in, except when Trump launches missiles or gets into a dick measuring contest with Kim Jong Un. This absolves the corporate Dems of having to actually promise anything or stand for any principles, and this kind of reporting is detrimental to the country given how misinformed most voters are already.
However, I think this is exactly what Trump wants. Sure, on the surface he might say that he just wants the Russia investigation to go away, but his actions show otherwise. He might look like a bumbling idiot who can't keep information from leaking out, or his family and staffers from revealing information on Russia, but I think it's deliberate. What's the one thing Trump is good at aside from lying? He is a master at manipulating the media and getting them to pay undue attention to him. He wants them to focus almost exclusively on Russia, because it's actually the least horrible thing he's done.
Yes, he is most likely guilty of collusion with Russia. We already know he's guilty of obstruction of justice by firing James Comey. Yet when taken in context with everything else he's done since taking office (and even before) it's a fairly minor offense. His economic policies are all aimed at screwing over the middle class and making the rich even richer. His foreign policies are all aimed at dragging the US into even more wars, while at the same time supporting regimes that fund terrorism. His environmental policies are beyond simple negligence or denial, as he seems to be actively trying to kill as many people as possible.
Yet as long as Russia is all his opponents are focused on, there's no way they can beat him in an election, and he knows this.