I have been repeatedly asked to explain why I say the Republicans are political allies of conspiracy theory. My point is not that electoral voters for the Democrats do not endorse conspiracy theories. Rather, my point is that the Republicans have an institutional bond with conspiracy theory. It is so deeply ingrained in the party that publicly supporting a conspiracy theory is not only not stigmatizing for a candidate, it may even, in some cases, be necessary to get as many Republican votes as possible.
Below is a partial list of Republican candidates and representatives who at some point referred to so-called Obama Birther conspiracy theories as part of their political life. It is not complete and anyone able to supply me with more names and references is invited to contact me. I have no doubt that some of those named, like my Facebook friend Mike Huckabee, are not real Birthers. But that’s my point. In some cases, even candidates or major figures who are not real Birthers need to at least pay lip service to the idea.
In contrast, the only significant Democrats I am aware of who have publicly endorsed a 9/11 conspiracy theory are Cynthia McKinney, who served six terms in the United States House of Representatives for the Democrats, and Van Jones, who was Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. McKinney is now completely ostracized from the Democrats and has recently appeared on stage endorsing an American patriot group that promotes chemtrails and global weather engineering. Jones was fired from his position after it was disclosed that in 2004, he had signed a 911Truth.org petition calling for a new 9/11 investigation.
In fact, the most prominent politician that I know who has recently publicly endorsed a 9/11 conspiracy is Debra Medina, who was candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20100211-Debra-Medina-s-9-11-remark-7131.ece
In the Republican primary on March 2, 2010, Medina finished with 18.6% of the vote, behind Perry (51.1%) and Hutchison (30.3%). Rick Perry is also on my list of Obama Birthers – so that’s 2 out of 3 for Texas.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Scott Keadle, who is running for the Republican nomination for the state’s 8th Congressional District
GOP congressional candidate Jim Pendergraph
NC-8 candidate Richard Hudson
Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), who is running for Senate
Republican candidate for senate Tommy Thompson
Iowa’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives
GOP nomination in North Carolina’s 8th congressional district, Richard Hudson
Former Michigan congressional representative and current Republican candidate for Senate, Pete Hoekstra
James Grinols, one of 10 presidential electors chosen by the Republican Party of Minnesota
Leo Berman, Texas State Legislator
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Missouri and Republican candidate for President
Republican congressional candidate William Hudak
Hudak used birther code name for Obama
John Sampson, Republican candidate for Colorado State Senate – District 25
U.S. Representative for Florida’s 15th congressional district
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey,
Wil Cardon, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona
Larry Klayman, former Sen. candidate & Judicial Watch founder
Nathan Deal, Republican governor of Georgia
Even Romney had to pay lip service to the idea.
And of course there is Donald Trump
You may not be aware of this, but all over the USA, Republican legislatures have been introducing bills inspired by the challenges of the Obama Birther conspiracy. You can read about these on the Fogbow ‘Birther Legislation’ forum
However, the lay news is full of information about this,
Missouri Birther Bill Gets Preliminary Approval From Lawmakers
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/missouri-birther-bill-lawmakers-preliminary-passage_n_1385575.html”Birther” bill passes in Arizona legislature
Kansas committee approves Birther Bill