Bryan Zollinger, a state lawmaker in Idaho, is going on the offensive when he claimed that former President Barack Obama might have helped staged the entire Charlottesville, Virginia incident. He shared an article which suggests the “United the Right” rally itself was created by Obama and other top Democrats including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer and billionaire donor George Soros.
The incident, as you know, caused at least one death and has appeared to only fuel the fires of the alt-Left and the alt-Right. Suggesting that such a group of Democratic elitists may have played a role in what happened is a big bold move… it’ll be interesting to see where this leads.
After his sharing of the article from a conservative site called American Thinker began to receive significant backlash on his Facebook page, Zollinger wrote that he thought the unsubstantiated piece was “interesting” and “thought provoking” and that some of the theories were “plausible.”
Despite the criticism from across Idaho and the country, Zollinger said he was not backing away from his belief that there was at least a kernel of truth in the article.
“At first, I felt genuinely bad that maybe I had offended somebody,” he said in an interview Monday with Idaho’s Post Register. “Since then, the amazing amount of hate and the despicable things that have been said about myself, my wife, my kids, I’ve doubled down.”
American Thinker regularly posts articles with misleading claims. Its piece on Charlottesville questions whether the rally was a set up to smear President Donald Trump as a racist.
“What if Signer and McAuliffe, in conjunction with Antifa and other Soros-funded groups like Black Lives Matter, planned and orchestrated what happened in Charlottesville and meant for events to unfold roughly as they did?” the article read.
Zollinger gave no suggestion of wanting to back away from sharing such unfounded speculation, even raising the possibility of direct involvement by Trump’s predecessor.