Donald Trump and Rand Paul aren’t the only Republican politicians enthralled by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as Rep. David Brat, R-Va., appeared on Jones’ Infowars network show yesterday to claim that liberals are allied with radical Islamists.
After Jones falselyclaimed that the city of London’s new mayor is imposing Sharia law and that President Obama and liberals have “allied with Islam,” Brat wholeheartedly agreed — “You nailed it” — and said the Founding Fathers never thought that an “intolerant” religion like Islam would be able to integrate into American culture.
Brat added that just as the British need to “go back to restoring their culture” after they voted to leave the European Union, Americans need to reclaim “the Judeo-Christian tradition,” lamenting that “religious toleration is becoming a ‘safe zone’ where you’ve got to sign up before you can go to church, it looks like.”
In the lead-up to the last presidential election, conservative bloggers thought they had discovered a grand conspiracy among pollsters to suppress Mitt Romney’s polling numbers, a claim that Romney’s campaign appeared to have embraced as well, and declared that the polls must be “unskewed” to find the truth.
Yesterday, radio host Alex Jones and WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah urged Jones’ listeners not to believe the polls showing Trump trailing Clinton, saying that in reality the two are either neck-and-neck or Trump has a double-digit lead.
Jones said that liberals are “attacking” and “stabbing people” in hopes of intimidating Trump supporters from voting because they know “Trump’s going to win with a Reagan-style landslide.” Trump campaign sources, according to Jones, tell him that “Hillary is just trying to act like she’s really winning and have the media say it because they’re looking at stealing the election.”
The bogus polls, he said, will help Clinton get away with the theft. He added that he wears his Trump hat in “communist areas” to inspire people to be more open about their support for the presumptive GOP nominee.
On Fox News host Sean Hannity’s official website, a blog post complained the poll “is heavily skewed.” On his June 27 radio show, Hannity cited the partisan breakdown and described it as a “misleading poll” because the media is “in the tank for Hillary.”
Hannity apparently didn’t learn his lesson about attempting to unskew polls in 2012, when he was saying things like, “These polls are so skewed, so phony, that we need to start paying attention to what’s going on so that you won’t be deflated.”
In a post purporting to highlight “More Polling Tricks” from an “EXTREMELY SKEWED” poll, conservative blogger Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit complained this week that “Reuters freighted their poll with 20 percent more Democrats than Republicans” and concluded that “we can safely say that Trump appears to be in much better shape than the poll suggests and could likely be headed to a landslide victory in November.”
Hoft made a similar argument in September of 2012, complaining that a CNN poll showing Obama leading Romney “drastically oversampled Democrats to get this stunning result.” He then went on to cite Dean Chambers, who said that when “unskewed” the CNN poll showed Romney leading by eight percent.
Yesterday, Joseph Farah of the fringe outlet WorldNetDaily spoke with Alex Jones, whose radio broadcast is a haven for right-wing paranoia, about their shared love of Trump, whom Farah claims is energizing people across the political spectrum thanks to “his outspokenness” and “forthrightness.”
“Look at that speech he gave about Hillary last week,” Farah said. “That was amazing.”
“You could have been listening to Alex Jones or Joseph Farah give that speech!” he added.
On Monday, Roger Stone spoke with Alex Jones about the firing of Donald Trump’s campaign manager (and Stone nemesis) Corey Lewandowski along with a rally that Stone and Jones are planning to hold to oppose any effort at the Republican National Convention to “steal” the GOP presidential nomination away from Trump.
“Come hell or high water, I’m coming,” Jones said of the upcoming rally in Cleveland. “Come hell or high water, everybody needs to be there.”
The two claimed that local officials are trying to stoke violence among the various RNC demonstrators, which led Jones to wonder if they should hold a rally before the convention where “we all wear gag balls in our mouth.”
“If they steal the nomination, it will cause a revolution,” Jones said. “They’re that arrogant, though. Obviously, common sense is, he’s won more votes than any Republican in history, he’s the nominee, he’s the populist, he’s got 25 percent of blacks going for him, Republicans can’t even get 10 percent, he’s got the gays all behind him now, he’s reaching out, we’re finding the real Donald Trump that you and I already knew. It’s total victory.”
Jones said that if Trump is somehow defeated at the convention, we will reach the point where he will be forced to give blowjobs to people like George Will: “At what point do I not get on my knees then and bow down and ask George Will to pull it out? Do I bow to George Will and say no to George Will, ‘I’m not getting on my knees and do a you know what’?”
“See you in Cleveland and get your gag ready,” Stone said.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Last week, Alex Jones attacked Hillary Clinton for looking like “Emperor Palpatine in drag,” impersonating her by saying, “Go forth my children, the day of doom is at hand, go out into the world and burn it with the great cleansing of Hillary and the great goddess. Cleanse the earth with blood, our sacred goddess of death, Kali.”
“This is like something out of a science fiction/horror film where they’re electing a cult, demon, Antichrist, Linda Blair,” he added.
After describing this weekend's massacre in Orlando as a false flag attack, conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones said on his radio program on Sunday that the LGBT community is to blame for the deadly terrorist attack at a gay nightclub.
Jones, a close ally of Donald Trump, was particularly angry that President Obama addressed the fact that the assault was directed at LGBT people, claiming that the community frequently hypes the threat of anti-LGBT violence in order to take control of the education system “so you can sexualize my children and indoctrinate them into your cult.”
The “InfoWars” broadcaster accused LGBT and radical Islamic leaders of working together so they can promote pedophilia and abuse children. “No wonder the radical left is allied with Islam, they’re a bunch of perverts, they want access to our kids,” he said.
Later in the program, Jones said that he does not hate gay people, he simply hates “the fake, flamboyant, you’re going to run society, you’re going to tell our five-year-olds how to live” agenda that gay rights activists purportedly promote.
LGBT leaders, he said, have backed liberal policies that led to the Orlando attack: “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 who did not deserve to die, who did not deserve to have bullets fired into them and all the other hundreds of thousands of other liberals and gays and others in the Middle East that have been murdered in the last five years under the Al Qaeda/ISIS onslaught that our government and CNN has pushed and said is a good thing.”
Yesterday, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said that the brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was all part of a massive government scheme to flood America with Muslims so that they will commit terrorist attacks, thereby giving the government a reason to confiscate firearms and outlaw hateful speech.
“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,” Jones said. (In fact, the shooter was a U.S.-born citizen.)
Notorious Harlem hate pastor James David Manning joined conservative radio host Alex Jones on Wednesday to discuss his theory that President Obama will try to stay in power beyond the end of his second term in office by releasing anti-American, Muslim inmates from prison, who will then serve as his personal Brownshirts.
“Black men that go to prison learn about Islam,” Manning said. “It’s very pervasive in the prisons.”
He claimed that criminal justice reform, which he said will empty the prisons of violent, America-hating criminals, and the remake of the miniseries “Roots,” which Jones criticized for “hyping” slavery even though “everybody’s done it,” will stoke anti-American sentiment and violence.
Manning suggested that the original “Roots” series “stirred the hearts of young men” and “sent men to prison in large numbers” in the 1970s, while Jones said that Obama wants to empty the prisons because he’s making room to imprison “the libertarians, the patriots and the Christians,” and make sure the “Viacom, CIA-run weapons system is activating the Beyoncés and all the rest of the folks to say, ‘Go out and kill the pigs.’”
He said that while “most Americans are locked and loaded” to deal with violent criminals released from prison, these felons will become Obama’s Brownshirt-like paramilitary. “I just can’t imagine Obama walking away from power,” Manning said.
This personal army and race war will give Obama the means and justification, respectively, to stay in office, he said.
“Why should he walk away and say, ‘Well, I had my eight years’?” Manning said. “He’s gonna try something, he’s going to. He’s already put it in the works. I mean, remember, Obama is CIA, understand that he is a compadre with Putin in Russia, he’s not gonna walk away from world power. He just isn’t going to do it. And anybody who thinks that he does — now, I’m all for Trump, hey, you know I am, I’m all in on Trump — but anybody who thinks that Obama’s gonna walk away from power, you’re not thinking. You just aren’t thinking.”
On Thursday, conservative radio host Alex Jones said Donald Trump is on a “suicide mission” and that his presidency will either make him “greater than George Washington” or “the devil incarnate.”
A vocal supporter and ally of the GOP presidential candidate, Jones praised “prophet” and “Renaissance man” Trump for paving the way for people less courageous than Trump or himself to speak out against “globalism.”
Jones declared that “globalism’s all about not letting any nation state be free or be powerful or be strong. It’s about lowering everyone down to a mud hut standard while the UN buildings sit there in high tech luxury and Obama says Africans can’t have cars or air conditioning but he lands in a huge jumbo jet on a red carpet.”
He then directly addressed Trump:
You want luxury, you want freedom, you want innovation, but you also want others to have a chance to fight to get it. And if that’s what you stand for and what you really deliver, you’ll be greater than George Washington. If you are just an egomaniac as some say — I don’t think that’s true, I think you believe in a great dream of humanity, that’s why it looks like you’re arrogant, because you’re just confident — but if you are arrogant and if you don’t at least try to deliver on restoring our republic and restoring our prosperity and restoring an attempt to level the playing field, you will be the new symbol of the devil incarnate for generations to come because the wave you’re surfing, the wave you’re riding of populist, nationalistic vitriol that the media calls fascism will not be abated by you selling out.
“If you become the symbol of liberty and then betray it, you will be the symbol of a political devil,” he told Trump. “You will be anathema, you will be pariah. The name ‘Trump’ will be reviled for centuries to come.”
Jones discussed his eight-year-old daughter, who made a campaign sign in support of Trump. “If you betray her, we’re gonna be hurt,” he said.
Jones said Americans know that Trump is on a “suicide mission” and “even if you can’t deliver on everything, as long as you stay pure, we’re gonna support you."
Alex Jones is continuing to escalate his feudwithGlennBeck, as the two far-right conspiracy theorists have repeatedly mocked and criticized one another as maniacal and insane.
In a video clip posted yesterday, Jones suggested that Beck is a “marionette” who is being controlled by “spiritual slave masters,” adding that he has cried on air over Beck’s actions “because when you see a Judas Iscariot tarot card, an archetype, when you actually see Judas Iscariot in the modern world, a true Benedict Arnold, and just the spirit of deception and true manifest evil, it’s very painful.”
“He is a very evil person,” Jones said. “Very evil.”
Jones particularly took issue with how Beck acted during a meeting between conservative activists and Facebook executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, after allegations surfaced that the social media giant suppressed posts from conservative outlets.
“Like a rat leaving a sinking ship, he’s scurrying into the arms of Zuckerberg, who just is the very vision of a vampire,” Jones said of Beck. “We can put a photo of him up. Not just the giant canine teeth, the psycho eyes. You can look at him and see an evil that may rival Beck’s. Look at Hillary. These are monsters.”
Progressives like Zuckerberg and Clinton, Jones explained, are using people like Beck to lead a “false opposition” in order to usher in a one-world government and destroy humanity.
“Where we’re going,” he warned. “Is a place like hell on earth.”
Jones added: “Beck is the government, Beck is the Democratic Party, Beck has always been Zuckerberg’s buddy, they’ve always been this snickering, evil team. He is a narcissistic, power-mad Satanist in my view…. The guy is literally such a predator. He looks like a serial killer. My cells cry out against him.”
Not content with just spreading birther conspiracy theories about the president, at least one far-right broadcaster is now looking into whether Michelle Obama is lying about her gender, while conservative “investigator” James O’Keefe blows his latest operation.
Jones told his listeners yesterday that he’s seen enough videos on the internet to substantiate the rumor.
“The national media takes it when I talk about this and acts like I’m crazy,” he said. “Listen, there’s hundreds of millions views on YouTube.” (There are also millions of views on videos claiming that Obama and other leaders are shapeshifting reptilian humanoids, another conspiracy promoted by Jones.)
He went on to say that the first lady acts like she’s “god” and that the president wants schools to “teach five-year-olds how to be trannies.”
“Don’t forget,” Jones said, “the famous comedienne Joan Rivers said, ‘Of course everyone knows she’s a tranny.’ She’s dead serious, ‘She’s a man.’ Deader than a doornail in a routine operation where basically she had fire poured down her throat and was a fire-breathing goblin. Dead on arrival. Shoot your mouth off, honey, you will die.”
Jones didn’t stop there.
“I really think — her daughters don’t look like her — I really think this is some weird hoax they did again,” he said, “just like he didn’t get sworn in on the Bible, it was the Quran. All this weirdness, I mean, I used to laugh at this stuff, but man, it’s all about rubbing our noses in it. I think it’s all an arranged marriage, it’s all completely fake and it’s this big sick joke because he’s obsessed with transgender, just like some weird cult or something. I think Michelle Obama is a man. I really do. I really do. I believe it.”
Gary Heavin, the founder of the fitness business Curves who also happens to be a 9/11 truther and right-wing movie producer, joined Jones and Stone on the broadcast, and asked Stone if he fears for his life because, by attacking Hillary and Bill Clinton, he is “standing up to a machine that has a trail of bodies as far as you can see.”
“If in a couple weeks they tell you that I committed suicide because I was depressed or if I get hit by a truck while crossing the street or if they tell you I was killed in a freak hunting accident, don’t believe it,” Stone said. “Hillary Clinton’s the major perp and she needs to be exposed.”
Stone added that with all the stress of fearing for his life he “would not make it without Brain Force,” referring to a product marketed by Jones that promises to “supercharge your state of mind.”
Before the GOP presidential frontrunner started winning the backing of Republican leaders, he assembled a team of ardent right-wing conspiracy theorists whose bigoted and bizarre beliefs once put them decidedly on the fringe of American politics.
Trump himself has spread a wide range of bizarre and bogus claims, winning state after state by questioning the facts about President Obama’s birthplace and religion, bashing immigrants as “killers and rapists,” parading discredited stories to demonize Muslim-Americans and, at one point, linking an opponent’s father to the Kennedy assassination.
As more “establishment” and “mainstream” Republicans declare their support for Trump, it is critical to remember the people whom Trump initially invited into his campaign: a range of pundits and preachers who have pushed racist, xenophobic and truly insane beliefs throughout their careers.
No endorser was out of bounds for Trump, whether it was a pastor who believes Starbucks injects semen from gay men into its lattes in order to spread Ebola or a radio host who thinks that alien creatures secretly run the government.
These activists have now also become some of Trump’s most outspoken defenders. And, in return, Trump has elevated their profiles by appearing on their radio programs, inviting them to share the stage with him and even praising them to national audiences.
Trump’s apparent victory in the Republican presidential primary gives these figures an unprecedented platform from which to spew their paranoia and bigotry. And it presents a strange turning point at which conspiracy theories that previously only lurked around the edges of political discourse are suddenly thrust to center stage.
The fact that the Republican Party is about to nominate a candidate who has embraced conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones is downright terrifying.
Trump’s top confidant, Roger Stone, a conservative operative who has called for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to be killed, has been on Jones’ show nearly every week during the campaign. The two are even working together on an effort to track down Republican delegates who don’t support Trump and hound them at their hotel rooms at the party convention in Cleveland.
Jones’ “news” program is a natural outlet for Trump, as pollafterpoll shows that Trump supporters disproportionately subscribe to shocking conspiracy theories, including ones championed by Jones and by the candidate himself.
It’s hard to describe how utterly bizarre Jones’ worldview is and how unbelievable it is that a major presidential candidate is promoting it.
Trump has become a regular guest on “The Savage Nation,” a right-wing radio program hosted by Michael Savage that has the fifth-largest radio audience in the country, often appearing on the show immediately before primary election days in order to drum up support from Savage’s listeners.
Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today — go eat a sausage and choke on it. Get trichinosis.
“Ann’s been amazing,” Trump said earlier this year. “I’m a big fan and you know that.”
Indeed, Trump’s extremist plan of mass deportation, constructing a massive border wall, impounding remittances, expelling refugees and curtailing legal immigration seems to resemble the proposals laid out in Coulter’s book, “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” in which she called on the government to adopt draconian policies to curb both lawful and unlawful immigration and refugee resettlement programs because, in her view, America has too many Latinos.
Coulter has urged GOP candidates to win elections by stoking anti-immigrant sentiment and “unapologetically opposing the transformation of America into a Third World country.”
Coulter claims that unless immigration is drastically curbed, parents will have to “get used to your little girls being raped” because “gang rape, child rape, elder rape, and murder rape are highly correlated with specific ethnic groups — ethnic groups we are bringing to America by the busload.”
Gallups and Trump share a passion for promotingbirther conspiracy theories and denouncing the Common Core academic standards, which Gallups warns will ensure that “our smallest children in pre-school” will learn about “the mechanics of homosexual sex.”
“[T]his dude is a Hollywood actor, his so-called wife is a Hollywood actor,” he said of two parents who lost children in the shooting.
A Trump spokeswoman said that the campaign “was not aware” of Gallups’ views, but the campaign still boasts of his endorsement on its website.
Unsurprisingly, Gallups has also speculated about whether Obama is the Antichrist, ultimately concluding that while the president is “an anti-Christ,” it is more likely that “he is a depiction of some of the characteristics of the anti-Christ who is to come.”
Trump was very proud to land the endorsement of Robert Jeffress, a prominent Southern Baptist preacher and Fox News contributor who has hitthetrail with the candidate at a number of events.
At one rally, Trump invited Jeffress to join him on stage as he decried the supposed persecution of Christians in America through the “War on Christmas” and lamented that he wouldn’t have been criticized if he had proposed a ban on Christians from entering the U.S., as he did with Muslims.
Jeffress made waves in the last presidential election when, after endorsing Rick Perry, he told Christians that they shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith, which wasn’t too surprising since he once blasted Mormonism as “a cult” from “the pit of hell.”
Update: Following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, James David Manning said he was outraged by Trump’s remarks expressing support for the LGBT community and has withdrawn his support. “Sodomy is more dangerous to America than radical Islam,” he said.
Accused Obama of murdering his “love child” outside the U.S. Capitol.
And that list barely scratches the surface of the many absurd and offensive things that Manning has actually said.
While Trump of course cannot be held responsible for all of the statements these individuals have made, he can and should be held responsible for embracing them and, at times, promoting their baseless conspiracy theories.
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
While many conservatives continue to be focused on how LGBT rights laws are dangerous and Satanic, far-right commentators like Alex Jones and David Duke are showing how Donald Trump can rescue America from nefarious elites.
5) Satan Behind LGBT Rights
Pat Robertson knows the real reason that lawmakers and activists are supporting laws to prevent discrimination against LGBT people: They are motivated by Satan to “destroy the Judeo-Christian fabric of America.”
Robertson told “700 Club” viewers this week that while he doesn’t oppose transgender people, he believes that those advocating for transgender rights are pushing “the agenda of anti-Christian bias,” and that is why the devil has been so focused on this “one particular place.”
4) Another Right-Wing Smear
Since we have heard from many Religious Right activists about how LGBT nondiscrimination policies are such a threat, radio host Alan Colmes decided to ask one such activist, Anita Staver of Liberty Counsel, if she has any proof that one of these measures adopted around the country has ever led to a crime.
Staver, unsurprisingly, was unable to name any crimes that resulted from such policies, simply saying, “I’m not a statistician,” and asking listeners to go online to look it up.
She may have drawn a blank because the claim that nondiscrimination laws have resulted in widespread sexual assaults is nothing but a right-wing myth.
While speaking this week with a caller this week who said that he was in hiding and that he knows for a fact that Obama is using immigration to pave the way for white “genocide,” Savage wholeheartedly agreed, calling the president a “madman” and suggesting that he has a “specific vendetta” against white people.
Jones, known for screamingintothecamera on a daily basis, posted a video Tuesday night celebrating Trump’s victory in Indiana, before quickly taking it down.
Fortunately, our friends at Media Matters saved a copy of the video, in which Jones railed against Trump’s “stinking, traitorous” critics such as Washington Post columnist George Will, whom Jones advised to “look in the mirror, realize you’re a traitor, and do the right thing, and put a .357 Magnum to your head, and blow what little is left of your brains out all over yourself.”
1) David Duke Hopes Trump Defeats The ‘Jewish Supremacists’
Jones wasn’t the only one rejoicing Trump’s victory in the GOP presidential contest.
White nationalist David Duke also cheered on Trump for successfully challenging the “Jewish supremacists who control our country.”
Powerful Jews, Duke said, “run the political establishment” and dislike Trump because “he is implicitly talking about the interests of European-Americans.”
By trying to stop Trump, Duke claims that these “Jewish extremists” have ended up “exposing their alien, anti-American, anti-American-majority position” and increasing “awareness” that their supposed stranglehold on the government is “the reason why America is not great.”
Donald Trump has taken to using the same lines in order to defend his own conspiracy theories.
When asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in 2013 if he believed Obama “was born in the United States,” Trump replied: “I have no idea. Was there a birth certificate? You tell me. You know, some people say that was not his birth certificate. I'm saying I don't know. Nobody knows and you don't know either, Jonathan.”
He once issued a tweet hinting that Obama murdered someone to cover up the truth about his birth certificate:
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
“I just heard today, just a little while ago actually, I just landed and I’m hearing it’s a big topic, the question, and it’s a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow, I can’t tell you — I can’t give you an answer,” Trump said.
Trump wants to say things without saying things, but anyone watching knows exactly what he is trying to say.
Just take what happened this week when he suggested on “Fox & Friends” that Rafael Cruz, the father of his then-rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald [sic] being, you know, shot, I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous, what is this? Right prior to his being shot and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it…. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.
The reason nobody was talking about it was because it was a bogus theory generated by online rumor sites and the tabloid National Enquirer.
But rather than say that Cruz was involved in the Kennedy assassination, Trump only asked, “What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death?”
Trump was just asking the question later that day while talking to Sean Hannity:
It was a picture put in and [the Enquirer] wouldn’t put it in if they could be sued, that I can tell you, they are very big professionals. It was put in. And by the way, Ted Cruz, I don’t think denied it at the news conference, but they don’t do things unless it could be verified. But if that were true, what was he doing having breakfast or whatever they were doing three months before the JFK assassination? Why are they doing that? Why is the father meeting with Lee Harvey Oswald?
Both Cruzes, for the record, did deny it, but that didn’t stop Trump from repeating the line the next day on “Good Morning America,” where he again refused to take any responsibility for his conspiracy theory. He also added a new and equally fallacious twist, claiming that newspapers other than the Enquirer had picked up the story:
All I was referring to was a picture that was reported in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it. I don’t know what it was exactly but it was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications…. The National Enquirer gave you John Edwards, it gave you O.J. Simpson, it gave you many, many things. You can’t knock the National Enquirer, it brought many things to light, not all of them pleasant. The fact is that it was a cover story on the National Enquirer. It was picked up by many other people and magazines and periodicals and newspapers and all I did was refer to it…. I’m just referring to an article that appeared, it has nothing to do with me.
Finally, Trump told Wolf Blitzer that he never even believed the theory that he had parroted.
Blitzer: You don’t really believe that Ted Cruz’s— Trump: I didn’t say. Blitzer: —father had anything to do with the assassination of President Kennedy. Trump: No, I don’t. Of course I don’t.
Trump went on to falsely claim that Rafael Cruz was “praying for bad things to happen to me,” saying that in response he wanted people to “read the various magazines, because it’s not only there, it was put in numerous — where he has a picture of himself with Lee Harvey Oswald. I’m not saying they conspired…. I’m just saying it was all over the place…. Of course I don’t believe that, I didn’t believe it, but I did say let people to read it.”
“It’s like a walking, talking Enquirer magazine,” RedState founder Erick Erickson said of Trump back in March.
As Maggie Haberman of the New York Times wrote, “It is not a total surprise that Mr. Trump is the candidate most likely to use the phrase ‘I hear’ before stating something as fact, no matter how flimsy the information he passes along.”