A former Navy SEAL is pushing back against a baseless conspiracy theory about the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Robert O'Neill, who claims to have fired the shot that killed the al-Qaeda leader, took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to a viral post that was retweeted by Donald Trump. The tweet in question was shared by a since-suspended account with ties to the QAnon movement. The post linked to a conspiracy theory article that claimed President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had colluded to stage bin Laden's killing, and then paid the Iranian government to kill the Navy's SEAL Team 6 as part of the cover-up.
The conspiracy theory alleges that the SEALs had killed bin Laden's body double, and those who were involved with the raid were killed in a 2011 helicopter shootdown in Afghanistan. According to the Washington Post, none of the SEAL Team 6 members were aboard the aircraft.
"Hiden Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed!" the tweet read. "EXPLOSIVE: CIA Whistleblower Exposes Biden's Alleged Role with the Deaths of Seal Team- Claims to have Documented Proof. RETWEET!!!"
Shortly after Trump's retweet, O'Neill took to the platform to issue a response: "Very brave men said goodby to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden. We were given the order by President Obama. It was not a body double. Thank you Mr. President."
Very brave men said goodby to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden. We were given the order by President Obama. It was not a body double. Thank you Mr. President. Happy birthday @USNavy— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) October 13, 2020
He also dismissed the conspiracy theory with a few jokes, but insisted he was sure he had killed bin Laden: "I know who I killed, homie. Every time," he tweeted.
You can read other reactions to Trump's retweet below. The White House has yet to release a statement on the matter.
The president retweeted an insane article alleging "Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed" posted by a QAnon account and written by "an ex-Community Organizer and Homeschool Mom." pic.twitter.com/ydoCEFLkAt— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) October 13, 2020
This is fucking deranged even by Trump standards.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) October 13, 2020
Is anyone going to ask the President or his campaign why he promoted an imaginary murder accusation involving Barack Obama and Joe Biden? https://t.co/dc8Bv8exIW
This kind of behavior would end any other presidential campaign. For Trump, it’s a Tuesday. https://t.co/3YixLcD5NJ— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 13, 2020
Trump shared a conspiracy theory that the US only killed Osama Bin Laden’s body double, that the ‘real’ Bin Laden was saved by Iran, that Barack Obama paid Iran millions of dollars to cover it up & that Biden had the SEAL team from the Bin Laden mission killed to keep them quiet. pic.twitter.com/1eli8H58xo— Alexander (@purplechrain) October 13, 2020
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