The dress that Hillary Clinton wore at her recent appearance at the Met Gala has reignited social media with the “Clinton body count” conspiracy theory. As the theory goes, the former first lady and he husband, President Bill Clinton, have racked up a “body count” by offing their political rivals or other adversaries.
The former Secretary of State and twice failed Democratic nominee for president’s appearance at the Met Gala earlier this month generated a lot of attention, not only because this was her first appearance at the event in 21 years – but because of the dress she wore.
Days after the Gala, photoshopped pictures showing Clinton with a dress covered in names began circulating on social media, as reported by USA Today. In reality, the dress was covered in names, just not the ones on the doctored images.
The names were of individuals such as Jeffery Epstein, Seth Rich, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Paula Jones, all a nod at the “Clinton body count” conspiracy theories.
Clinton body count conspiracy theories first emerged in the early 1990s and claim that Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have assassinated dozens of prominent individuals over the years.
While such claims that the Clintons have been killing off their political opponents for years have been largely debunked, it hasn’t stopped the far-right from embracing these conspiracy theories.
Though the doctored images of Clinton at the Met Gala were most likely satire and done in jest to create funny and viral “memes,” they did, either intentionally or unintentionally, inspire a new wave of Clinton body count theories, according to USA Today.
“The photo was digitally manipulated to include names of individuals from the baseless Clinton body count conspiracy theory and other conspiracy theories surrounding Clinton. Fact-checkers and news organizations have repeatedly debunked the claims that the Clintons are to blame for an array of deaths,” the paper said.
The actual dress that Clinton wore to the Gala did have names inscribed upon it. Only, they were not the names of individuals who died under mysterious circumstances, but rather the names of famous and influential women.
Lady Bird Johnson, Clara Barton, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and around 60 other influential women were featured on the former Democratic presidential candidate’s burgundy dress.
The theme of the 2022 Met Gala was In America: An Anthology of Fashion.
Hillary and the Durham Probe
Meanwhile, although the Clinton body count conspiracy theory is likely untrue, the former First Lady is in some real-world hot water pertaining to the ongoing Durahm probe.
The resurgence of conspiracy theories about Clinton going viral comes amid special counsel John Durham’s investigation into her alleged attempts to tie former President Donald Trump to the Kremlin.
As reported by Fox News, Durham claims that former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann lied to the FBI about Trump conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has long maintained that neither he nor members of his campaign had inappropriate contact with Russian government officials during the 2016 race.