By Blake Edmunds
Conservative commentators are furiously trying to paint Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock as someone affiliated with the left. Gateway Pundit published a story that Paddock, a real estate millionaire, had donated to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“The press is trying to suppress the information that he had an Obama shirt under his clothes,” said an article on Gateway Pundit.
The website wasn’t the only outlet running conspiracy theories about Paddock.
According to Media Matters, Freedom Daily also tried to tie Paddock to the Democratic Party.
“In an article titled ‘Obama Suddenly Silent On Shooting After SICK Connection To Him Was Found In Killer’s Hotel Room,’ fake news purveyor Freedom Daily pushed a conspiracy theory that the shooter had ‘direct ties to Obama’ and that ‘Obama has the blood of Americans on his hands yet again.’ The article also attempted to implicate Obama and former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, claiming they had direct ties to the “Antifa terrorists” and pushed another conspiracy theory that Clinton was ‘busted for giving Antifa terrorists around $800,000,’ echoing an earlier and already-debunked conspiracy theory that the Clinton Foundation donated $7.1 million to antifa,” said Media Matters.
Fake new site Before It’s New claimed Paddock was an undercover federal agent on a case.
“Stephen Paddock was an undercover FBI agent who participated in multiple illegal arms deals in the Las Vegas area in a gun running entrapment scheme similar to Fast and Furious. Paddock thought he was engaging in another routine arms transfer, but ISIS operatives who were going to meet him learned about the entrapment scheme and Paddocks’ true identity. They killed him and carried out the massacre and then fled the scene,” said the site.
FOX News commentator Laura Ingraham claimed Paddock was part of the intelligence community.
“Someone who worked for the CIA, NSA, someone who understood intelligence gathering, strategies, someone with a background, a military sniper. But not — some guy who’s just a mail carrier who liked to play video poker? It’s all very curious,” she said.