This past Friday, President Trump’s lawyer and famed former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani posted what has become a run of the mill tweet from members of the Trump administration: accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller of using his position to negatively affect the president’s national and international endeavors. The tweet in itself wasn’t extraordinary, but a quick-fingered typo ended up causing a great deal of trouble.

A skipped space between the end of one sentence and the beginning of a second automatically created a hyperlink in the tweet to a website that didn’t exist. Or at least, it didn’t at first. Almost immediately, 37-year-old Atlanta native Jason Velazquez secured the domain and populated it with an anti-Trump message.

At this point, the prudent thing to do for Giuliani would be to delete the tweet. After all, he made a mistake, some crafty internet user capitalized on it, and the story could have been one of a dozen headlines to hit the press the next morning. Instead, however, Giuliani claimed that Twitter had “allowed” his tweet to be hacked because of their anti-Trump bias.

This is the part where I point out that Giuliani is the president’s cybersecurity advisor, and yet doesn’t seem to know how the internet works — but let’s be honest with each other. None of us thought Giuliani knew how the internet worked before this gaffe, either. After all, most 74-year-old men aren’t all that tech savvy. My concerns with Giuliani’s appointment not withstanding, my far more pressing concern is how his response offered a perfect glimpse into America’s newfound love affair with conspiracy.

Of course, America has always had a thing for conspiracies. From the JFK assassination to the moon landing and even the horrible events of September 11, 2001 — if something momentous occurs in this nation, you can be sure there will be a pocket of Americans squinting at it from behind tin foil helmets and shouting about the Freemasons. Conspiracies have always been present in American culture, though relegated to small groups that functioned just outside the beaten path. Fox Mulder’s office was in the basement, it pays to recall.