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  • Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, a close informal adviser to
    President Donald Trump, suggested in a Thursday tweet that at
    least nine explosive devices sent by mail to top Democrats this
    week were “fake news” invented by the left. 
  • In a tweet he later deleted, Dobbs wrote, “Who could
    possibly benefit by so much fakery?”
  • Dobbs is one of a seemingly growing group of conservative
    activists and talking heads who have or are actively promoting
    the conspiracy that Democrats planted the mail bombs
    to fuel support for the party in the weeks leading up
    to the midterm elections

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, a close informal adviser to
President Donald Trump, suggested in a Thursday tweet that at
least nine explosive devices sent by mail to top Democrats this
week were “fake news” invented by the left. 

“Fake News—Fake Bombs,” he wrote. “Who could possibly benefit by
so much fakery?”

Dobbs later deleted the tweet. Fox Business did not immediately
respond to a request for comment. 

Dobbs is one of Trump’s most loyal supporters, and reportedly
regularly calls in to White House meetings to advise the
president on a range of issues. Trump even puts Dobbs on
speakerphone during sensitive Oval Office discussions,
The Daily Beast reported
earlier this year. 

A host of other prominent conservative talking heads and
activists promoted fringe conspiracies following the discovery of
several of the packages on Wednesday. Some have suggested that
Democrats or “leftists” planted the bombs to fuel support for the
Democratic Party two weeks ahead of the midterm elections. 

Popular right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested on his
show on Wednesday — soon after reports that devices were sent to
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President
Barack Obama, as
well as to CNN’s New York office
— that the act was committed
to fuel support for Democrats two weeks before the midterm
elections.

“It’s happening in October,” Limbaugh said. “There’s a
reason for this.”

Candace Owens, a frequent Fox News guest,
tweeted there was “a 0% chance”

 the bombs
were sent by someone with conservative leanings, instead accusing
“leftists” of staging the attack for political gain. Owens later
deleted the tweet. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire philanthropist and
Democratic donor George Soros, former CIA Director John
Brennan, and Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, were
among the targets of the packages. Each has been critical of
President Donald Trump and has in turn been criticized by
Trump.

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