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Did Adderall fly out of Trump’s nose at a press conference?

It's a Zapruder film for amphetamines.

Sep 8, 2020, 8:06 pm*

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David Covucci 

David Covucci

Ever since he delivered a sniff-heavy performance in a debate with Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election—which has continued in numerous speeches and conferences throughout his presidency—people have speculated about the behaviors that precipitate President Donald Trump’s sniffing.

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Is it an intense breathing exercise used to calm nerves and keep focus during intense moments, as some right-wing mindset gurus have claimed? Or is it an addiction to ephedrine-laced Sudafed? What about cocaine?

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Others have frequently—and without any sort of evidence—claimed Trump has snorted Adderall, the stimulant used to treat children with ADHD.

And thanks to a press conference yesterday at the White House, the Adderall truthers believe they’ve found their smoking gun—the flecks of a snorted pill.

Donald Trump Adderall conspiracy theories

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“Drugs just shot out of Trump’s nose, live, on national TV,” wrote user Fred Harding in a viral tweet that was favorited more than 13,000 times.

But while it’s not unprecedented for a president to pop pills, what proof did they have? Videos from his presser that, well, could be the Zapruder film for our age.

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Here’s one where something small and white flies across the screen like a dart.

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Another shot shows an even heftier chunk of …. something, going across the screen. (Which is at 32:06 of this video, if you are interested in breaking it down frame-by-frame.)

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Others fell back on the cocaine theory, noting that this might be the first time we’ve seen presidential coke boogers on live TV.

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Whatever it is, the internet truly wants to believe the family is frequently abusing some sort of substance. Because this isn’t the first time a Trump has faced widespread speculation of stimulant use this summer. Last month, after Donald Trump Jr.’s Republican National Convention speech, “cocaine eyes” trended on Twitter.

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*First Published: Sep 8, 2020, 9:55 am