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Paranoia-Rama: Far-Right Reactions To Orlando Edition

RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

It took almost no time at all for conservative pundits and politicians to claim that President Obama either wanted the terrorist attack in Orlando to take place or will use the tragedy to advance his nefarious agenda.

5) False Flag!

As expected, InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones swiftly declared that the Orlando massacre was a government-instigated false flag attack.

According to Jones, President Obama and other leaders are trying to encourage Muslims to settle in America in hopes that they will soon turn to violence, which will in turn justify government attempts to censor speech and seize firearms: “Our governments are bringing these people in and they’re allowing them to operate openly in our society so they can attack us and then have our freedoms taken.”

The fact that the shooter was born in New York didn’t stop Jones from blaming “the Islamic invasion” of America through immigration.

Later, Jones accused the LGBT rights movement of allying with Islamic extremists because both groups “want access to our kids” to sexually abuse them.

“I charge the left and I charge Obama and I charge the LGBT community in general with endangering America and with the blood of these 50-plus innocent men and women,” he said.

4) ‘Confiscate Muslims’

“Trunews” host Rick Wiles wants the government to go one step further than just banning Muslim immigration, telling his listeners that every single Muslim living in the U.S. must be rounded up and deported before Islam, which he said should be criminalized, “destroys civilization”:

The left is calling for gun control. What we need is Muslim control. We don’t need to confiscate guns, we need to confiscate Muslims. You’re not going to solve this problem until you round up the Muslims and ship them out of this country. End of discussion. Outlaw Islam. Make it an illegal religion. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Pass a constitutional amendment that says we’re a Christian nation and Islam is illegal. Done. Get rid of it. Stamp it out before it destroys civilization.

3) Tom DeLay Has Some Thoughts

Former House GOP Leader Tom DeLay weighed in on the massacre in Orlando by telling Wiles that the president is a Marxist/Islamist anti-American mastermind who has “empowered” terrorist groups and “put American lives in danger.”

“He’s certainly a Muslim sympathizer and he’s scared to death that the United States and the people of the United States will go after and discriminate against Muslims and that’s why he can’t say the words, ‘radical Islamists,’” he said. “It’s his worldview. This is who he is. He was raised in a communist upbringing. He hates America.”

2) ‘Obama Intends To Take Control Of The Internet’

Apparently unaware of how net neutrality works, Rush Limbaugh said today that the president, when he commented that “deranged individuals” like the Orlando shooter are often “warped by the hateful propaganda that they had seen over the internet,” actually revealed that he “intends to take control of the internet, using this as justification,” linking it back to Obama’s support for net neutrality rules.

“Obama's takeover of the internet will not be to prevent these kinds of things from happening,” he said. “He's got an entirely different agenda. All the Democrats do. It's total control. It's limiting access to information. It's about shutting down opposition. That's why they want control of the internet.” Watch via Media Matters:

If Limbaugh is really worried about an American leader using terrorism as an excuse to “take control of the internet,” then he should look no further than Donald Trump.

1) Donald Trump Is Just Sayin’

During his egotistical and nauseating reaction to the Orlando massacre, Donald Trump made a not-so-thinly-veiled suggestion that the president may in fact be on the side of the terrorists.

As Trump often does, he framed the claim by saying that he was simply saying what “a lot of people” think, and that anyone who tries to hold him answerable for his remarks must be dishonest and biased.

After vigorously denying that he ever implied that Obama supported ISIS, he tweeted an article from the pro-Trump outlet Breitbart alleging that the administration is backing ISIS.

Trump’s insinuation that Obama is a champion of ISIS shouldn’t be that surprising, since he has repeatedly accused Obama of arming ISIS and claimed that the president “doesn’t want to get rid of the problem” of terrorism.

But that’s just what happens when the GOP decides to put up a notorious conspiracy theorist for the most powerful office in the world.

Michael Savage: 'Madman' Obama Must Be Impeached For Inviting 'Barbaric Invasion'

Yesterday, Michael Savage said that President Obama is ushering in a “barbaric invasion” of America and “wants to harm America forever” by resettling Muslim refugees in the country.

“My instincts are intact with regard to the barbaric invasion and my instincts tell me that Obama is doing it on purpose,” the conservative talk radio host said. “My instincts tell me that Obama wants to harm America forever. My instincts tell me he’s a madman and he’s very evil and must be impeached immediately.”

Savage, a major booster of Donald Trump, claimed that anyone critical of Obama has been effectively banned from appearing on television or in newspapers because he has quashed dissent.

Kevin Swanson: God Let Orlando Massacre Happen Because The Sins Of Homosexuality And Islam Lead To Murder

Yesterday, Colorado-based pastor Kevin Swanson addressed the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando by arguing that homosexuality and Islam are both inherently violent because God gives gay people and Muslims up to their dishonorable ways and other sins like murder.

“Why do homosexuals murder homosexuals?” he asked. Because, according to Romans 1, “God gave them up to vile passions.” “Violence” and “murder,” he said, are deeply tied to homosexuality.

“What’s the bottom line as we view what’s happening in Orlando today?” he said. “I think it is, again, the Romans 1 scenario, it is that God gives them up.”

The Orlando massacre, Swanson added, shows what happens when God’s “restraints have been lifted entirely and when God doesn’t restrain, people go nuts in their sins.”

Swanson hosted an event last year with GOP presidential hopefuls including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, where he repeated his longtime belief that a just government would put gay people to death.

'Obama Was Known To Be A Homosexual In Chicago With Rahm Emanuel'

Yesterday, Donald Trump ally Alex Jones chatted with fellow conspiracy theorist Steve Pieczenik, who told the InfoWars broadcaster that government agencies and the Muslim Brotherhood are blackmailing President Obama and Hillary Clinton over their secret gay pasts.

He said that Obama had a relationship with Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff and the current mayor of Chicago, and that Clinton has a relationship with her aide Huma Abedin. The two agreed that because Trump does not have such a hidden past, the CIA and the Secret Service cannot blackmail him and that is why they “hate” him.

Jones has already claimed that First Lady Michelle Obama “is a man” who murdered comedienne Joan Rivers to cover up the truth.

Pieczenik: Here’s where we get into the intelligence community and what I said a long time ago: When the CIA recruits an individual, particularly a president of the United States, there has to be a psychological deficit and lacunae in their personality. In the case of Bill Clinton, it was the fact his mother was a prostitute, she ran a whorehouse in Hope, Arkansas, and he was nothing but the bastard child of the john.

In the case of Obama, he was known to be a homosexual in Chicago with Rahm Emanuel, who was a trained ballet dancer, and he was recruited by the CIA repeatedly and basically threatened by them and the Muslim Brotherhood and everything else. That’s why the political correctness comes in.

Now, in the case of Hillary Clinton, I’ve known her for years and I’ve known her other family members, she is a well-known lesbian. The reason why she’s been recruited and could be threatened is she’s has a history of lesbian affairs which is relevant only to the fact that it’s a national security problem. [Huma] Abedin may be her lover, Abedin may be her lesbian lover, I could care less. But the point of fact is not one of our presidents, presently or in the future, other than Trump, is a highly compromised candidate.

Jones: And that’s why they hate Trump. He’s not compromised. He’s open about women.

Dennis Prager: Voting For Trump Is Like Dropping The Atomic Bomb On Japan — In A Good Way!

In an interview today with the Christian Broadcasting Network, conservative talk show host Dennis Prager once again attempted to rationalize his support for Donald Trump, explaining that voting for Trump is much like America’s decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japanese cities in World War II in order to swiftly end the war.

“We dropped two atom bombs over Japan. Why? Because the context morally demanded it and the moral demand in our time in America is the defeat of the Left,” he said.

Conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager, who initially wasn't for Trump at all, sees Hillary Clinton as a far worse alternative.

"In life you don't always get a choice between wonderful and awful. You get between awful and more awful and I'll always take the awful over the more awful," Prager explained.



Prager believes the moral choice isn't about backing Trump or not - it's much greater.

"We dropped two atom bombs over Japan. Why? Because the context morally demanded it and the moral demand in our time in America is the defeat of the Left," Prager rationalized.

In the end, that may be Trump's saving grace.

Ann Coulter: Donald Trump Is 'Our Only Hope'

Ann Coulter stopped by “The Eric Metaxas Show” on Tuesday to discuss Donald Trump’s speech following the massacre in Orlando, in which he expanded his proposed ban on Muslim immigration.

Coulter, who in a previous appearance on Metaxas’ program claimed that God is raising up Trump to save the world from 1,000 years of darkness, was of course thrilled with Trump’s speech, telling Metaxas that permitting Muslim immigration to America would be akin to the U.S. “bringing in Nazis” during World War II.

“What is this compulsion that we have to bring in today’s Nazis to our country?” she asked. “We don’t need this.”

Coulter, who has claimed credit for Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and platform, also said that we shouldn’t be treating the terrorist behind the Orlando attack as an American even though he was born in New York: “He’s an Afghani!”

America is now facing terrorist attacks, according to Coulter, because Democrats decided to bring in “hordes of the Third World” in order to defeat Republicans at the polls.

“We’re not a nation of immigrants,” she said. “We have never been a nation of immigrants. This is a myth invented by the Democrats for electoral purposes and Republicans for who knows what reasons, because their donors need the cheap labor.”

She added that Trump’s campaign is “the only hope” for America and “the only frontal assault” against liberal immigration policies. Otherwise, “we can build the bunkers and hire the cheap labor.”

Metaxas, for his part, said that Trump is our last hope “to pull back from the cliff so we don’t all die.”

Coulter told Metaxas that she will soon release a new book titled “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome,” which Metaxas was not exactly excited about because of her decision to “replace ‘God’ with ‘Trump.’”

Roger Stone: Huma Abedin Is 'Handling Hillary For The Saudis'

Roger Stone, a close ally of Donald Trump, appeared on Newsmax TV yesterday to continue his smear campaign against one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, Huma Abedin.

Stone, who has previously suggested that Abedin may be a “terrorist agent” and Clinton’s lesbian lover, told host Steve Malzberg that he thinks that Abedin may be “handling Hillary for the Saudis” and is “tied to Islamic extremism.”

Steve Malzberg: 'We Need A Conservative Facebook, A Conservative Google, A Conservative Twitter'

Yesterday, conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg said that it is time for conservatives to rise up in this country and urged the entrepreneurial ones to create conservative alternatives to some of the most popular websites that he thinks have a liberal bias.

“We need a conservative Facebook, a conservative Google, a conservative Twitter,” he said.

The Newsmax host may want to ask Janet Porter of the Religious Right group Faith 2 Action how creating a conservative alternative to Facebook turned out.

7 Other Times Donald Trump Suggested Obama Is A Secret Muslim And Terrorist Sympathizer

Donald Trump is furious that the Washington Post reported on his recent suggestion that President Obama may be on the side of the terrorists, even going so far as to deny the newspaper credentials to cover his campaign events.

Trump, who often tries to raise conspiracy theories by saying that he is simply asking the question and only throwing things out there that he’s “heard” from others, repeatedly hinted in the wake of last weekend’s attack in Orlando that Obama may be deliberately helping Islamic extremists.

Trump said while discussing terrorism on Fox News on Monday:

He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understands — it's one or the other, and either one is unacceptable …. Look, guys, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or has something else in mind. And the something else in mind — people can't believe it. People cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism. There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on.

“Well there are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn't want to get it,” Trump said on NBC. “A lot of people think maybe he doesn't want to know about it.”

Yesterday, Trump told the Associated Press that Obama “continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies and, for that matter, the American people.” Earlier today, Trump shared on Twitter a Breitbart article which he claimed proves that Obama is in fact on the side of ISIS.

No one should be surprised by this Trump conspiracy theory.

Polls show that Trump’s supporters have widely embraced the conspiracy theory that the president is a secret Muslim. And the birther candidate has made such claims for years, among many, many conspiracy theories that he has embraced.

Here are seven other times when Trump has suggested the President Obama is secretly a Muslim or secretly sympathizes with terrorists:

1) ‘Maybe He Doesn’t Want To Get Rid Of The Problem’

In February, Trump told radio host Michael Savage that Obama refuses to say the magic words “radical Islamic terrorism” because maybe he doesn’t want to stop the terrorists.

We have a president that won’t even use the words and if you don’t use the words, you’re never going to get rid of the problem. We have a — maybe he doesn’t want to get rid of the problem. I don’t know exactly what’s going on.

Savage seemed to know exactly what Trump meant.

“Ah ha. Now you’re going as close to the board as a hockey player can go without hitting the puck into the stands. I get it,” he said.

In another interview with Savage, Trump falsely claimed that the U.S. was actively trying to prevent Russia from bombing the terrorist group ISIS.

2) Obama Is Arming ISIS

Back in 2014, Trump tweeted the grossly inaccurate claim that Obama was actually trying to send arms to ISIS.

3) Maybe It Says ‘Muslim’ On His Birth Certificate

In a 2011 interview with Laura Ingraham, Trump said that “somebody” told him that Obama might be suppressing the truth about his birthplace because his real birth certificate identifies him as a Muslim:

He doesn’t have a birth certificate or, if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now somebody told me, and I have no idea whether this is bad for him or not but perhaps it would be, that where it says ‘religion’ it might have ‘Muslim,’ and if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion by the way, but somebody said, ‘Maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t want to show it.’ I don’t think so. I just don’t think he has a birth certificate and everybody has a birth certificate.

He made a similar statement on an interview that year with Bill O’Reilly: “He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one but there's something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that. Or he may not have one. But I will tell you this. If he wasn't born in this country, it's one of the great scams of all time.”

4) Obama’s ‘Arabic’ Ring

In 2012, Trump tweeted an article from birther investigator Jerome Corsi that falsely claimed that Obama wears a ring bearing the Islamic statement of faith, something that Corsi believes is proof that Obama was secretly married to his male Pakistani roommate. (The ring only contains a series of loops).

“Who is this guy?” Trump asked.

5) Madonna Knows The Truth!

Trump appeared to take a joke from Madonna way too seriously:

6) Scalia Funeral

Trump marked Justice Antonin Scalia’s death by wondering about the real reason Obama didn’t attend his funeral:

7) ‘There’s Something We Don’t Know About’

At a South Carolina campaign rally last year, Trump said that Obama is deliberately ignoring the problem of terrorism in the Islamic world to advance his nefarious agenda:

“We can’t close our eyes,” he said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with Obama, he wants to close his eyes and pretend it’s not happening. Why is he so emphatic on not solving the problem? There’s something we don’t know about. There’s something we don’t know about.”

Naturally, at least one of his supporters shouted, “He’s a Muslim!”

Tom DeLay: Obama Is A Communist 'Muslim Sympathizer' Who 'Hates America'

On Monday, Tom DeLay stopped by the conspiracy theory outlet “Trunews,” where, in the same program in which host Rick Wiles called for Muslims to be deported from the U.S. and declare that the Orlando massacre was divine judgment, the former GOP House leader blasted President Obama’s handling of terrorist groups and the attack in Orlando.

DeLay said that the president has “put American lives in danger” and “emboldened” America’s enemies.

When Wiles asked if Obama is “actually on the other side of the war on terror,” DeLay said that Obama is “a Muslim sympathizer” who was “raised in a communist upbringing” and “hates America.”

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