GOP Rep. Reacts to News that Charlottesville Car Attack Was PLANNED—By Blaming Obama

GOP Rep. Reacts to News that Charlottesville Car Attack Was PLANNED—By Blaming Obama

Freshman Idaho state representative Bryan Zollinger (R-Idaho Falls) waited almost a week before he decided on August 19 to comment publicly on the previous week’s sad events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia. He claimed that it is “completely plausible” that the attacks by white supremacists against counterprotesters, in which Heather Heyer was murdered, had been staged by a lineup of the usual suspects that the right considers bogeymen: former president Barack Obama, billionaire George Soros, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe. Yes, he thinks it’s these supposedly villainous leftists planned it all to sow discord and smear the good name of the current president.

Of course, no such plans have been uncovered by journalists of any political stripe, or even of no political affiliation. And it would be a fair trick for Obama, Soros, etc. to have convinced the likes of Richard Sherman to come out and play along. But a large trove of communications has been published in which the white supremacists and modern Nazis who organized the “Unite the Right” white supremacist demonstration at Charlottesville planned for all contingencies and even joked on July 17 about the legality of ramming a vehicle into the potential human rights protesters. “It sure would be nice” to drive into protesters, one planner wrote in an online group chat.

On his personal Facebook account, Idaho representative Zollinger shared an article titled “Charlottesville and Its Aftermath: What if It Was a Setup? that was published on August 18 in a right-wing website called The American Thinker.

‘The American Thinker’

Even thought the article’s title offers the author’s thoughts as a conjecture, the author, Patricia McCarthy, does not offer her suppositions as conjecture. “We know” leads many of her paragraphs, and her logic is irrefutable at least to her:

So were the events of Saturday the result of a despicable plan to further undermine Trump? There was plenty of time and Charlottesville is the “capital of resistance.” If it was, it was evil and deadly and the people involved need to be prosecuted. Or is this a wild conspiracy theory? Perhaps. But the pieces fit. Will the DOJ and the FBI actually investigate the many mysteries that surround the events of that day? Not likely. The left in this country has long been and seems to remain above the law.

Ms. McCarthy offers a world in which Obama, McAuliffe, and Soros hired Jason Kessler, the white supremacist and general purveyor of hate, to front the “Unite the Right” rally as part of a so-called “false flag” operation, as a false leader who could infiltrate the movement, lead it to disaster (a death), and thus destroy it from within. Kessler, she “reports,” used to be a liberal who voted for Obama in 2012 (he admits this) and was involved with Occupy Wall Street (even he does not claim this). Thus, the left has Heather Heyer’s blood on its hands, more than James Alex Fields, who rammed her with his car, has.

“What if?” indeed.

Idaho state representative Zollinger posted the link to the article without comment. A friendly correspondent wrote, “Bryan, you have to know this is crazy, right,” to which Zollinger replied:

I’m not saying it is true but I am suggesting that it is completely plausible. We know that many protestors were Soros funded and we also know that Donald Trump is not a racist. The man was in the public spotlight for twenty plus years with zero allegations of racism. He has clearly and unequivocally denounced by name these hate groups as he well should have. The media has chosen to push this narrative until even some of the president’s own party are sucking up to the media, mind you only those that know they are part of the swamp that Trump avowed to drain. So while I’m not saying I believe the article, I’m glad to see someone out there asking people to think for themselves and use some logic and reason rather than spout what the media, otherwise known as the communications branch of the Democratic Party is selling.

Those are the words of a man who wants to jump into the swamp before it has been drained. “We” do not know that any “protestors” or even one protester was paid by George Soros, but we do in fact know that the current president may not be a racist in his heart but his actions since the mid-1970s have been welcomed and cheered on by racists. Trump does not need to be a racist; he simply does racist things.

In an interview with the Idaho Falls Post Register, Zollinger suggested that he had not meant to offend anyone with his post and then doubled-down on his logic by stating that the article in The American Thinker is “probably wrong” while also “plausible.”

White Supremacists Planned to Use Vehicle to Ram Protesters

One group’s real (not “plausible”) plans for the “Unite the Right” pro-racism rally have been uncovered and are being published: the modern day fascists and racists who actually organized the event planned for all contingencies (should attendees use Uber? will there be port-a-potties?) and even encouraged the possible ramming of a vehicle into the crowd of anti-fascist demonstrators as early as a month before the rally. Unicorn Riot, an anti-fascist website, received a collection of 250 screen shots of instant messenger chats and several recordings from instant messenger live conferences.

Most participants used pseudonyms but many did not.

The organizers of the hate rally, including the editor of the pro-hate website the Daily Stormer, used Discord, a gaming instant messenger service, through July and into August to check in with one another, schedule rides, share advice about weapons that they could and would bring to the event, and voice frustrations about group goals like this: “If we say on social media we’re gonna gas the kikes tomorrow, we haven’t gassed the kikes yet.”

After the Unite the Right rally, and as Internet hosts such as GoDaddy acted to shut down various hate-filled and right-wing web sites such as the Daily Stormer, Discord shut down channels related to the alt-right.

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Those channels for hate have found homes elsewhere and participants continue to make plans even as low-level politicians such as Bryan Zollinger, high-level politicians such as the president of the United States, and publications such as The American Thinker, fabricate bizarre, implausible, excuses for the blood on their hands.

Today, Representative Zollinger reported on his Facebook account that his campaign for re-election benefited from the controversy: “Our local tv station 8 put a Swastika [sic] in the background of my picture last night. I’ve struck a cord [sic]. The hate mail has been awesome. The financial campaign ramifications even better.”

Featured image composite by Reverb Press; Rep. Zollinger photo via State of Idaho, Public Domain, Charlottesville car attack vehicle by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images.