By Michael Houltt
Almost a month after Stephen Paddock’s deadly gun rampage in Las Vegas and Republicans still don’t want to believe the obvious. Instead they are latching on to increasingly ridiculous conspiracy theories.
According to America’s favorite conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Paddock was a “light-skinned Black Panther” who targeted white people.
National White Alliance President Brian Blanc also supported this idea. “The rampage was just another example of white genocide,” said Blanc. “There’s a reason why he targeted a country music concert. You won’t find many black people there.”
Several other conservatives have pushed conspiracy theories about the shooting. FOX News’ Tucker Carlson tried to shift blame to Jesus Campos, a Vegas security guard.
“Jesus Campos is the only eyewitness to the biggest mass shooting in modern American history. At the time he was in Mexico, the press was reporting that investigators thought Paddock, Stephen Paddock may have had an accomplice in these killings. Why did authorities allow Campos to leave the country just days after the shooting, while the investigation was still chaotic and of course ongoing? How did Campos, who reportedly had a gunshot wound to the leg from a high-powered rifle round, manage to travel to Mexico?” said Carlson.
In related news, several victims of the shooting have complained they are being attacked by conspiracy theorists who don’t believe their story. Several conspiracy theorists have dubbed the victims “crisis actors,” who are paid by the government to pretend to be victims.
According to the Guardian, several victims have been smeared online.
“Mike Cronk, another Las Vegas survivor, was also widely targeted by conspiracy theorists after he did interviews with ABC and NBC news stations. So many users on YouTube have published videos calling him a fake that a search for his name autocompleted to ‘Mike Cronk crisis actor’ and ‘Mike Cronk fake.’ The top three search results for ‘Mike Cronk Las Vegas’ were conspiracy videos, promoted higher than the ABC News segment,” said the Guardian.