Trump is privately pushing the theory the attack on an Ohio FBI office by a Trump supporter was a false flag, report says

Former President Donald Trump at CPAC on August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Trump has quietly hinted that the attack on an FBI office was fake, Rolling Stone reported.
Trump has said little publicly about Ricky Shiffer, who was killed trying to break into the office.
Unsubstantiated claims that Shiffer's attack was a ruse have also circulated on social media.
Former President Donald Trump is suggesting to those around him that one of his supporters who was shot dead trying to enter an FBI building was actually part of a false flag operation, Rolling Stone reported.
Trump has been publicly silent about the gunman who tried to enter the FBI office near Cincinnati, Ohio on Aug. 11, leading to a standoff with police in which he was killed.
Ricky Shiffer had been on the agency's radar for months over possible involvement in the Capitol riots, the New York Times reported.
Posts from a Truth Social account on his behalf expressed his anger at the agency after it raided Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, and detailed his attention to attacking the FBI.
According to two unnamed people quoted by Rolling Stone, Trump voiced his concerns about the man's mental health, describing him as "insane."
He also told people close to him that Shiffer may actually have been someone who discredited Trump supporters, according to Rolling Stone. The sources described this as "false flag theory".
The idea, for which there is no evidence, is reminiscent of "false flag" claims by Trump's most ardent online supporters.
These spread to the right-wing corners of the internet after the news broke, as reported by Insider's Kieran Press-Reynolds and Katie Anthony. (There is no indication that Trump's talks were influenced by this.)
Multiple posts on — a common meeting place for people who used to visit the banned subreddit r/The_Donald — show the idea gaining momentum immediately after Shiffer's attack.
A Reddit-style screenshot of discussing the attack on the FBI's Cincinnati office as a "false flag."
Similar claims have been made via Twitter and Truth Social, Insider reported.
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