From the Salem witch trials to ‘Cease the Steal,’ conspiracy theories refuse to go away

<div> <figure class="caas-figure"> <div class="caas-figure-with-pb" style="max-height: 470px"> <div> <div class="caas-img-container" style="padding-bottom:67%;"><img class="caas-img has-preview" alt="Former President Donald Trump addresses the crowd via video Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the River's Edge Apple River Concert Venue in New Richmond, Wis. The MAGA rally was organized by pillow salesman-turned conspiracy peddler Mike Lindell. For a few hours last weekend, thousands of Donald Trump's loyal supporters came together under the blazing sun in a field in Western Wisconsin to live in an alternate reality where the former president was still in office — or would soon return. 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Press)</span></figcaption></p> </figure> <p>Watching the Jan. 6 committee hearings, one might be forgiven for believing </p></div>…