Conservative radio host Alex Jones argued that Wednesday night’s terrorist attack against a black church in Charleston, South Carolina was the set-up for the “race war” he claims President Barack Obama and the media have been building up, while pushing a bogus claim in defense of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Folks, this is it. They’ve been hyping ‘race war,’ pushing it as hard as they can, saying ‘NRA is the new KKK,'” Jones said on his show on Thursday. “Even though the NRA was founded, in part — 50-50 — to arm blacks in the South who were being disarmed. In fact, there were calls by liberals to disarm whites particularly today. I just want to point out, that’s been done before, but to blacks.”
The latter specifically noted that there is no mention of the Klan or protecting black citizens in the NRA’s statement regarding its origins on its own website.
“Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871,” the website states. “The primary goal of the association would be to ‘promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,’ according to a magazine editorial written by Church.”
Jones said on Thursday that the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, did not feel like a “false flag” attack to him because of the lack of what he called “talking points” from the media. He also said that the suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, “looks like the textbook-case lunatic.”
ABC News reported that according to Roof’s roommate, Dalton Tyler, the suspect had been planning the attack for the past six months.
“He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”
Jones also seized on the attack as a way to swipe at reproductive rights, saying that Roof “should have gone and gotten a job at Planned Parenthood, or gone to medical school to be an abortionist and then, he can kill tens of thousands of black people in his career and be called a great member of society. That’s what the smart racists do.”
Watch the first hour of Jones’ show, as posted online on Thursday, below.
Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.
Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.
Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.
Giuliani’s potential witness tampering in Ukraine is impossible to separate from Trump: Judiciary Democrat
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) broke down how Rudy Giuliani's misconduct in Ukraine is "inseparable" from President Donald Trump's.
"To everyone who asks whether we are moving too quickly, I say the president's lawyer is moving quickly to continue to ask a foreign government to cheat our elections, and doing nothing is completely off the table," said Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the two most crucial committees in the impeachment inquiry. "We have to secure our elections. We have powerful, uncontradicted evidence now. And now is the time to hold the president accountable and determine just which impeachment articles we should proceed with."
‘Why not cooperate?’ CNN’s Wolf Blitzer hammers Pence’s chief of staff over impeachment stonewalling
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," anchor Wolf Blitzer challenged Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short to justify the administration's stonewalling of the impeachment inquiry.
"Wolf, the reality is that the last three years, they've been trying to overturn the will of the American people. They're trying to take away the votes of the American people," said Short. "This whole impeachment has been a sham. What they've tried to prove there is no proof of ... I think it sets a dangerous precedent."
"Here's what I don't understand," said Blitzer. "If the president has nothing to hide, it was a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine, why not cooperate, provide the documents, why not let individuals go before the committees and testify?"