Though Donald Trump has left the presidency and been banned from posting more newsworthy tweets, he still makes headlines every day. Most notably, eyes have once again turned to Donald for his possible involvement in inciting the January 6 riots in Washington DC election.
The twenty hours of public hearings were full of shocking moments. Business Insider reported a testimony from a former employee who shared that Donald threw food against the wall and turned tablecloths when he was angry. General William Barr said there was no evidence of voter fraud, according to CNN, noting that Donald was made aware of it.
At the same time, another investigation into the Trump family was taking place, which made its own headlines. According to CNBC, the New York Attorney General’s office has begun investigating the Trump Organization, which may have illegally manipulated real estate markets. The impeachment of Donald and his children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. was scheduled for July 15. However, the death of Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump has created a hiccup in the process, and some conspiracy theorists find it all too convenient.
Ivana Trump’s death has delayed statements
For more than a month, the Trump family testimony had been scheduled for July 15. However, on July 14, The New York Times said that Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump, had died at the age of 73. As a result, ABC reported the attorney The General understandably decided to delay all three statements to give the family time to grieve. Yesterday, a devastated Ivanka Trump tweeted a childhood picture with her mother. Write“Heartbroken by the death of my mother.” Donald Trump took to his platform Truth Social (via The Hill) to share, “She was a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman who lived an amazing and inspiring life.”
However, after announcing the delayed statements, some conspiracy theorists could not help but point to the timing. “What an amazing coincidence”, someone wrote under ABC’s announcement. one user Summarize the wild conspiracy in simple terms: “Ivana Trump ‘fell’ down her stairs and died a day before Trump was supposed to make a statement…You can’t make this up.” In particular, there is no evidence to support the theory that Ivanas death was planned or caused in connection with the process. Some netizens were completely unamused by the speculation with a user tweet“Why would anyone make the death of Ivana Trump political. That is ignorant and disrespectful. Not funny, not even close, and I really don’t like Trump.”
Ivana Trump’s death was officially ruled an accident
While conspiracy theories have swarmed around Ivana Trump’s sudden death and the exact time of the incident, the New York City coroner has officially declared her death as the result of an accidental fall, per CNN, with the official cause of death being “blunt impact injuries” to the torso. Although her cause of death – falling down stairs – might sound pretty odd, there’s no reason to suspect foul play. In fact, the CDC has reported that falls are the leading cause of “injury-related deaths” in Americans age 65 and older (Ivana was 73). The coroner’s verdict appears to bolster the NYPD’s suspicions, which previously announced that “there appears to be no crime.”
Despite the verdict, however, conspiracy theories still circulate online, in no small part due to the numerous ongoing criminal and civil investigations into Ivana’s ex-husband Donald Trump and their children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, with some Twitter even suspecting it was her “Epsteined.” A user expressed their suspicion that the former president might be behind the accidental death, writing: “Had she lived in Moscow, would the official report have said that she accidentally slipped and fell out of a 4th floor window instead?” Some were quick to point out that Donald had his own vice president on the chopping block, so why not apply the same logic to his ex-wife?
Others expressed the wish that Ivana’s ex-husband would have suffered her fate instead. Comedian Buddy Winston, for example tweeted“In a perfect world, Ivana Trump would have come down the escalator and Donald would have taken the stairs,” echoed shouts of #WrongTrump tag, which was seen on social media after the death of Donald’s younger brother Robert in August 2020.