The Republican Party's nominee in California's 17th Congressional District is a conspiracy theorist who blames George W. Bush for the 9/11 attacks.
The Republican Party's officially endorsed nominee in California's 17th Congressional District is a conspiracy theorist and a "truther" who believes the 9/11 attacks were staged, Media Matters reports.
Ron Cohen, the Republican candidate in question, will face off against Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) in this fall's congressional election.
Cohen is not subtle about airing his fringe beliefs. He once wrote on Twitter, "G.W. Bush staged 9/11 to attack Iraq."
On his official campaign website, alongside his testimonial advocating the Trump presidency, Cohen describes the collapse of World Trade Building 7 as a "pre-planned demolition." This wildly false claim has long been a staple of the 9/11 conspiracy theory community.
The Republican candidate's website also promotes a 9/11 video from Infowars, the site run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, that makes further inaccurate claims about building 7.
"The official story is utter nonsense and a cover-up by the mainstream media," Cohen writes.
The 9/11 comments appear on the "Issues" section of Cohen's website, a rambling, 35-point list that is thousands of words long.
Cohen has also repeated Jones' completely made-up story that Michelle Obama is transgender.
It's shocking that California Republicans would officially endorse such a candidate. But it's a reminder that under Trump, conspiratorial thinking has become even more prominent and mainstream within the Republican Party than it already was.
And Trump is a conspiracy theorist in his own right. He has promoted the absurd lies that climate change is a hoax and that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.
Cohen has the imprimatur of official GOP support, despite his absurd and debunked beliefs. But such beliefs no longer appear to be a serious stumbling block in today's Republican Party.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.