Trump Ambassador Nominee is a Wild Eyed Hardcore Conspiracy Nut
Last month, President Donald Trump nominated Leandro Rizzuto to be the next Ambassador to a swath of Caribbean nations. They include Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Leandro Rizzuto died in December. Other than that minor detail, this seemed like a standard ambassadorship for a crony instead of a diplomat. The administration would later clarify that Rizzuto’s son, conspiracy theorist Leandro Rizzuto Jr. was the nominee, not the late family patriarch.
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Rizzuto Jr. deleted all his tweets from the 2016 campaign season, but CNN was able to access many through retweets. Among the bombshell tweets Rizzuto fired off:
He claimed that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was having an extramarital affair. For good measure, he added that Cruz’ wife Heidi was leading an effort to create a sort of North American hegemony. She would merge the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Clearly, Rizzuto felt Cruz was a threat to Trump. He later tweeted that Democratic donor and GOP boogeyman George Soros was bankrolling the Cruz presidential campaign. Another time, he urged Cruz to “go back to Canada.”
Rizzuto made a similar claim about Soros later in the campaign. This time he alleged Soros was backing former Governor John Kasich (R-OH), the last challenger to concede.
this ambassador nominee attacked a former presidential nominee
He tweeted a picture of 2016 Trump antagonist and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney with the word “dumbass” across it, adding that as a Mormon, Romney “will go to hell.”
Rizzuto played a significant role in spreading the rumor that Hillary Clinton aide (and husband to Anthony Weiner) Huma Abedin was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Clinton, per his tweet, was “a terrorist with amnesia.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has not addressed the timeline for Rizzuto’s confirmation. Per CNN, the State Department refused to comment on any active nominees.
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