President Barack Obama holds a press conference following the
conclusion of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit
in Laos on September 8, 2016 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)
A Republican lawmaker in Idaho recently shared a conspiracy
theory on Facebook that claims former President Barack Obama may have
orchestrated the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“I’m not saying it is true, but I am suggesting that it is
completely plausible,” Idaho Falls Rep. Bryan Zollinger wrote on
Facebook, according to the Idaho Falls Post Register.
His post linked to an article
published at the American Thinker that claimed the white supremacist
rally in Charlottesville could have been staged by Obama, with the help
of the mayor of Charlottesville and billionaire George Soros.
“The conflagration in Charlottesville is beginning to feel
like a set-up, perhaps weeks or months in the planning,” the author
wrote. “We know that Obama and his inner circle have set up a war room
in his D.C. home to plan and execute resistance to the Trump
administration and his legislative agenda.” After being contacted by the Post Register, Zollinger admitted that sharing the conspiracy might not have been wise.
“In hindsight, maybe it was a mistake to post it,” he said. “I didn’t mean for it to ruffle any feathers.” But Zollinger reiterated that it was “plausible.”