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David Corn: GOP Secretary of State Candidates Scheduled to Appear with...Conspiracy Theorists


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GOP Secretary of State Candidates Scheduled to Appear with a White Nationalist and Conspiracy Theorists
They’re not even trying to hide their ties to the extremist fringe.
David Corn
Washington, DC, Bureau ChiefBio | Follow

An ally of white nationalists; a former CEO and conspiracy theorist who tried to convince Donald Trump to use the National Guard to seize voting machines after the 2020 election; an Ohio math teacher who claims he discovered an algorithm showing that virtually every county in the United States was hacked to prevent Trump’s reelection two years ago—these are people with whom Republican secretary of state candidates have forged alliances.

Mark Finchem, Jim Marchant, and Kristina Karamo, each an election denialist and a GOP contender for secretary of state in, respectively, Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan, were scheduled to appear October 29 at a self-described “Florida Election Integrity Conference 2.0” in Orlando. Also on the bill: other proponents of Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen from him. The event, one in a series of such conferences being mounted by 2020 truthers across the country, shows how these Republican candidates are closely tied to right-wing extremism. The previous conference in this series, held in New Mexico, was moderated by Lara Logan, the past CBS News reporter who has recently been mouthing bonkers QAnon-ish claims that a Satanic global cabal of elitists is kidnapping hundreds of thousands of children to drink their blood. (She has been booted off Fox News and Newsmax for her conspiracy-driven ravings.)

The Florida event is moderated by Carolyn Ryan, who works for Real America’s Voice, a conservative network that broadcasts Steve Bannon’s daily show and has promoted QAnon material. Scheduled speakers at the conference—in addition to the three Republican secretary of state candidates—include Laura Loomer, Patrick Byrne, and Douglas Frank, each a luminary in the 2020 truther movement.


It’s not surprising that Finchem, Marchant, and Karamo would participate in an election denialism shindig. They have each championed Trump’s lies. Moreover, Finchem has hobnobbed with QAnoners and 9/11 truthers; Karamo was slated to appear at a QAnon conference last year; and Marchant in 2021 spoke at a QAnon event, where he said he had been convinced to run for secretary of state by a key QAnon influencer. Yet this conference is a reminder of how far gone the GOP is. Leading Republicans, who are vying for positions critical to the operations of elections in swing states, are not bothering to hide their ties to fringe players, bigots, and loony conspiracy theorists, not even in the final days of the campaign. There’s not much integrity in the so-called election integrity movement, but these events certainly are accurate displays of how extreme and unhinged the GOP has become.

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Sat Oct 29, 2022, 10:37 AM

1. They keep coming to Florida!--a Carnival of Idiots, stupid, evil and proud.

Turn off their air-conditioning and watch the place explode from their hot air.

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Sat Oct 29, 2022, 10:43 AM

2. They're unhinged with a purpose and a singular goal

Total dominance of the US political landscape. This type of nuttery already has a stranglehold on my home state of Tennessee, to the point that the political landscape here is unrecognizable. This state legislature is indistinguishable from the far right evangelical mega churches that dominate suburbia within the state. People are so hoodwinked by the faux religiosity of their political leaders that they ignore the fact the state is third in the country for violent crime..."oh that datas skewed because of Memphis" (which is both wrong and a not so subtle racist dog whistle)...the states rural health systems are in collapse because the state has refused to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.."but healthcare isn't a right and people should have to pay for those services and it's just too bad if they can't" (until they realize their family may go bankrupt because they can't afford cancer treatments or grandpa died from a heart attack because the local hospital closed and the closest ER is over an hour away)...they crap on the homeless as if it's a blight to be wiped out because it's unsightly while ignoring the gentrification of neighborhoods that has made affordable housing a fairy tale.

This mentality is most definitely unhinged and the Qanon crap deserves all the scorn we can heap on it, but we shouldn't underestimate the allure that these movements are presenting to to populace. I weep for what we are losing as a country. We're more divided than ever and that leads to conflict, but it's even darker than that...we don't even have the decency to care about or fellow humans anymore. How can we solve the monumental issues of our times when you have a whole segment of our society who couldn't be inconvenienced to put on a damn mask to protect themselves and others during the height of the pandemic?

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