Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#1083: Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Party vice-presidential nominee and is currently a radio personality, author (a variety of books on gambling, as well as The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts), television producer and political commentator with stints at CNBC and FoxNews.com; his columns appear across the range of wingnut websites and media outlets, from Townhall to the Moonie Times. He has also announced that he intends to run as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Nevada in 2016, which should strike one as an unintentional plan to reconstruct the successful campaign of Sharron Angle.

Root’s political views are characterized by intense conspiracy theories. Not being particularly happy with Obama, Root doesn’t only think Obama is wrong, but that he is working to intentionally ruin the economy as a means of destroying the country based on a plan that Obama learned while attending Columbia University; the goal, of course, is to turn the US into a communist country. Though Obama may seem moderate, according to Root, “in reality, he's a Communist.” He’s just very good at avoiding disclosing any possible evidence of that. (Root, however, relies on his powers of intuition to circumvent the lack of evidence.) Similarly, in a commentary published by The Blaze in 2012, Root – an avowed birther – speculated that Barack Obama attended Columbia University as a foreign exchange student, citing his “gut instinct” as evidence.

With such nefarious motives, how did Obama ever win the presidential elections? Thanks for asking: Through massive voter fraud, of course. In 2012 the Democrats won by voting up to 10 times each, says Root, citing the Philadelphia myth as evidence, a claim so ridiculous that it has been debunked even by the wingnut anti-voter fraud group True the Vote.

With conspiracy theories comes paranoia, and Root has actually claimed that the IRS is going to kill him with Obamacare, just as the Obamacare death panels will ensure the death of anyone affiliated with the Tea Party. In league with the IRS are a number of liberal TV show hosts, who are deliberately trying to take him out by … well, directly quoting what he actually says, mostly. Which again is evidence that his conspiracy theories are correct, of course. And so it goes.

Diagnosis: Good grief.

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