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Analysis: Trump's Lengthy History of Conspiracy Theories and Rumors

The Republican candidate seems to be obsessed with conspiracy theories that touch on race, religion or ethnicity

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at luncheon for the Economic Club of New York in New York, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

    Donald Trump's abrupt acknowledgment of President Barack Obama's U.S. birthplace has brought his lengthy history with conspiracy theories, rumors and innuendo back into the spotlight, NBC News reported.

    Whether Trump publicly renounces birtherism — and his trolling event on Friday was far from definitive — is largely beside the point. That's because the broader issue isn't just the question of how he feels about Obama's birthplace, it's the way inflammatory and false claims have defined his political career.

    Trump has changed his position on a lot of things over the years. But if there's one consistent thread, it has been his seeming obsession with conspiracy theories that touch on race, religion or ethnicity.