Idaho GOP Rep Says It’s ‘Plausible’ That Obama Staged Charlottesville Nazi Rally

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Everyone knows somebody who believes idiotic conspiracy theories, especially about Barack Obama. Thankfully, they’re usually nobodies whose opinions don’t matter one way or the other, annoying though they may be. But every once in a while, you find someone notable who actually subscribes to Alex Jones-type garbage, and it’s usually equal parts hilarious and terrifying.

When it’s an elected official, however, it’s heavy on the terrifying part.

On Friday, a state legislator from Idaho Falls, ID decided to post one such conspiracy on his Facebook page. Bryan Zollinger, a “Freedom Caucus” (Tea Party) representative from the 33rd district of the neo-Nazi-rich northwestern state, posted a link to an article on American Thinker, a right-wing blog site based in his home state.

The piece posited the possibility that Barack Obama, perhaps in cahoots with George Soros or some other nefarious left-leaning figure, was responsible for the violence and mayhem that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on the 12th of August:

“We know that Obama and his inner circle have set up a war room in his D.C. home to plan and execute resistance to the Trump administration and his legislative agenda.”

Even the conspiracy theory is based on a conspiracy theory.

Zollinger was contacted by the Idaho Falls Post-Register, and he backed down a little bit, saying “maybe it was a mistake to post it.” As of Monday, however, the Tea Party lawmaker was claiming on his personal Facebook page that he was using the media coverage of his post to raise money:

“I have several donors pledging $ for every Twitter hit, FB comment and email.”

That is, of course, ridiculous. Aside from the fact that there’s no such thing as a “Twitter hit,” there’s a zero percent chance he’s getting money for comments left on his posts or emails he gets in response.

But really, you have to be the kind of person who’s comfortable with lying to be comfortable believing lies so obvious.


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