READ: Donald Trump Tweets ‘Border Rancher: We’ve Found Prayer Rugs Out Here. It’s Unreal’

As his own crimes begin to come to light, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter, advancing a conspiracy theory that preys on misguided, manufactured fears of immigrants and Muslims.

Trump tweeted about ranchers finding prayer rugs on the southern border, where he still demands a wall and has proven willing to hold the government hostage to do so.

Even if finding a religious artifact near the border was somehow enough of a reason to worry about incoming terrorists, the President neglected to mention that the Washington Examiner article provided no pictures and no valid sources.

The article is based on a single source: an unnamed rancher. She claims that people have been finding prayer rugs, or fragments of them, yet provided no evidence to the Washington Examiner, which is known to be a right wing publication.

It’s a good indication of the sources Donald Trump trusts as “real news,” and people are getting sick of his attempts to stoke fear.

Though Trump cited the Washington Examiner, the rancher’s lack of sources and admission to never having seen these prayer rugs herself in the article led one Twitter detective to resurface an even more outrageous story.

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Evan Brechtel

Evan is a writer and editor based in New York. In addition to his work with Second Nexus, he freelances for a variety of sites addressing topics of queer culture and history. You can find his other work at www.evanbrechtel.net. Twitter: @EvanBrechtel