Someone alert social media and the “fact-checkers”: A new conspiracy theory is making the rounds.
Except, unlike when Republicans say odd things, Democrats will likely believe this one. After all, it’s being spread by one of their own.
Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia believes the classified documents that recently showed up in President Joe Biden’s old office and the garage of his residence were actually planted.
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Johnson said, “Alleged classified documents showing up allegedly in the possession of Joseph Biden… I’m suspicious of the timing of it.”
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Johnson was responding to a report that day that a second batch of classified documents Biden once had possession of were in his private quarters.
In this case, as The Free Press reported, the records were found in his garage in Wilmington, Delaware, locked up next to his vintage Chevrolet Corvette.
Continuing, Johnson added, I’m also aware of the fact that things can be planted on people… things can be planted in places and then discovered conveniently. That may be what has occurred here. I’m not ruling that out. But I’m open in terms of the investigation needs to be investigated.”
Johnson has floated loony theories before.
His main moment of notoriety occurred in 2010, when he asked a Navy admiral if stationing an additional 8,000 U.S. Marines at a base on Guam would mean “the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”
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Yet Johnson was not alone. Left-winger Joy Behar of “The View” was also promoting the conspiracy theory.
“I’ve never seen a luckier person than Donald Trump,” Behar said on the show on Thursday. “Just as we’re this close to getting him, somehow these documents appear,” suggesting that someone planted those records.
The problem for Johnson and Behar is that Biden admitted he stashed them where they were found.
When Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Biden if he knew the classified materials were in his garage, he replied, “Yes, as well as my Corvette.”