Republican lawmaker says it is 'completely plausible' Obama staged racist Charlottesville rally
US 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."