By Michael Houltt
The right-wing media is bending over backwards to paint Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock as a Democrat. And leading the charge is conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has several ideas on the motivations behind Paddock’s mass murder.
Jones claimed Paddock was brainwashed by President Barack Obama and funded by billionaire George Soros, a favorite bogeyman of the right.
“Obama ordered his allies, the reptilian shape shifters, to use their mind control powers to turn Paddock into a mass murderer,” said Jones on his show InfoWars. “The whole operation was funded by Soros, so it was off the books, and he also paid for the guns.”
Jones had several other crackpot theories about the Las Vegas shooting. He blamed the shooting on the “Deep State” and their Islamic allies and also claimed it was a false flag operation designed to kick start a civil war.
“About 20 minutes ago, ISIS took responsibility for the attacks, and the police have confirmed that he had — the reported shooter had recently personally threatened them and posted videos threatening them, saying that he had joined ISIS, joined Al Qaeda, and that he was basically a leftist, just like [alleged NSA leaker] Reality Winner, and just like so many others that had converted to Islam, that was so angry about Trump and everything that was happening that he went out and carried out this attack,” said Jones.
But news reports state that the police have not identified Paddock’s political views or motivations behind the attack.
However, several other right-wing sites tried to blame the Las Vegas shooting on the left. Conspiracy website, the Gateway Pundit first claimed Paddock was a Donald Trump-hating fan of MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow. According to Media Matters, Gateway Pundit has a long history of getting things wrong.
“This is not the first time The Gateway Pundit, a blog connected to the ‘alt-right’ that has regularly published misinformation, has misidentified a suspect in a killing. In January, the blog misidentified the alleged shooter at Fort Lauderdale’s airport. And in August, the blog wrongly accused a Michigan man of being the driver who drove over and killed counterprotester Heather Heyer during the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, VA,” said Media Matters.