Former President Barack Obama no longer holds public office, but according to one Republican lawmaker, he might have been keeping busy by orchestrating the violent alt-right protests that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Republican State Rep. Bryan Zollinger of Idaho shared an American Thinker article on Facebook on Aug. 18, which questions whether the rally -- during which a terrorist attack killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured many more -- was set up by somebody like Obama, billionaire George Soros, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, Democratic Mayor Mike Signer of Charlottesville or even a combination of them.
"The ridiculous campaign by virtually every media outlet, every Democrat and far too many squishy Republicans to label [President Donald] Trump some kind of racist and Nazi sympathizer is beginning to have the stink of an orchestrated smear," reads Patricia McCarthy's American Thinker piece. "The conflagration in Charlottesville is beginning to feel like a set-up, perhaps weeks or months in the planning."
Zollinger commented on his post that "it is completely plausible" that the protests were staged, especially since, according to the lawmaker, "many of the protestors were Soros funded."
"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," he added.
The Idaho legislator said it is known that Trump "is not a racist," since he "was in the public spotlight for twenty plus years with zero allegations of racism." However, "the media" is putting forward the narrative that he is and people are buying it, Zollinger explained.
"I think this is the media trying to create a divide that was the only plausible purpose in the way they covered this story," he wrote. "Trump was very clear. 'As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence,' Trump said. 'It has no place in America.'"
In the op-ed, McCarthy suggested that the possibility of the protests being "a despicable plan to further undermine Trump" could just be "a wild conspiracy theory." If that is the case, she said, "the people involved need to be prosecuted," but "the pieces fit."
"How was this not a planned melee?" McCarthy wrote. "Pit groups of demented racists -- all of them on both sides are certainly that -- against each other and violence is sure to occur. (Certainly, there were decent people among the protestors and counter-protesters who had no affiliation with the supremacist groups or Antifa or BLM. Heather Heyer was among them.)"