The last few years alone have seen the President take written shots at Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and even the cast of Hamilton, but now a conspiracy theorist is trying to convince the world that he also tweeted – in a ‘rapidly-deleted’ post – about the infamous death planet Nibiru.
In case you’ve been too busy to keep up with madcap online conspiracy theorists, let’s break it down: last year, the world was scheduled to end on three separate occasions, all of which were pinpointed as the exact day a killer planet would either pass by or hurtle towards the Earth, consequently tearing us all to smithereens.
Luckily – and unsurprisingly – that didn’t happen.
Furthermore, NASA has stated that the planet doesn’t exist. In 2012 (when, surprise surprise, the world was also scheduled to end), the organisation officially stated:
Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax.
There is no factual basis for these claims.
Despite this statement, a definitely 100 per cent legitimate website named SomeonesBones– an “independant publisher” which relies on “donatoins’ for support – has frequently published articles about Trump’s alleged belief in the planet, apparently the result of a tip-off from Putin, as well his rumoured top-secret search for an official Nibiru advisor.
In fairness, it’s not like Trump and his team haven’t contributed their own fair share of ‘fake news’ in the past – remember the fictitious, refugee-led ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ aide Kellyanne Conway cited to his support his discriminatory ‘muslim ban’? – but it’s highly unlikely he believes we’re all actually going to die (this time it’s real, promise!) this coming Monday.
He is, after all, one of the most-followed – and most-trolled – men on Twitter.
It’s fair to say that even the most rapidly-deleted tweet – *cough* covfefe *cough* – about Nibiru likely wouldn’t escape the beady, sarcastic eyes of meme aficionados.