A Conspiratorial Life praised in the TLS

Conspiracy has been at the core of Donald Trump’s politics, from his insistence that President Barack Obama was born in Africa to his claims that Ted Cruz’s father had a part in the JFK assassination. Trump has often flirted with QAnon, too, ranting about the “Deep State” plot against him. This is a world in which Robert Welch (1899–1985), the founder of the John Birch Society (JBS), would have been right at home.