Photoshopped image shows campaigner in front of underwater ducts with explosives attached
Donald Trump Jr shared a meme accusing Greta Thunberg of being behind the Nord Stream pipeline explosions, echoing a conspiracy theory that has been picked up in conservative circles since the natural gas lines erupted.
The meme, which shows the climate activist photoshopped in front of Nord Stream with explosives strapped around one of the pipelines, was shared by the ex-president’s son on Truth Social.
“I could be wrong but my understanding is this is not photo shopped,” wrote Mr Trump Jr alongside the meme, which has since gained traction on Twitter.
On Thursday, a fourth leak was discovered on the “sabotaged” Nord Stream pipelines, the Swedish coastguard has revealed.
Authorities have so far been unable to determine the direct cause of the explosions on the pipelines, which carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, or who was responsible, but some Western leaders have begun to point fingers in the direction of Moscow.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed the leaks were intentional and that they “probably mark the next step of escalation of the situation in Ukraine”, while Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described them as “deliberate acts”, noting the incident was not “an accident.”
Russia has rebuffed any accusations of involvement, which ensnares many European nations as the leaks have occurred in international waters – two near Sweden and two near Denmark.
“It happened in the trade and economic zones of Denmark and Sweden. They are Nato-centric countries. They are countries that are completely controlled by the US intelligence services,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on Thursday.
While the US has outrightly denied any involvement in the leaks, conservatives in the country have begun picking up the Russian line that the West played a role.
“Blow up the Nord Stream pipelines? OK, we’ve entered a new phase, one in which the United States is directly at war with the largest nuclear power in the world,” said the Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson on his prime-time programme this week.
Far-right activist and radio talk show host Charlie Kirk suggested that the rupture could’ve been staged by the US as part of an alleged “midterm election operation”.
The US has outrightly denied any involvement and has said that they’re willing to support their European allies in this “apparent sabotage”, US state department spokesman Ned Price said.