It’s worth remembering, in this age marked by Donald Trump being in power, that he’s not alone. Rather, he has millions of followers ready to fulfill his every whim, be that harassing Muslims, immigrants, or even Democrats.
Some of his most ardent supporters turned out to Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this fall, sparking violence that ended with three people dead, one of whom was liberal counterprotester Heather Heyer She was killed in a car ramming attack. The other two were police officers killed in an accident while flying overhead the rally.
One of those apparently willing to follow the president’s causes to the very end is YouTuber Carl Benjamin, no doubt better known by his channel name “Sargon of Akkad.”
He markets himself on YouTube as “for finding the truth of the matter using rational arguments backed up by evidence.”
Based on a recent appearance of his on Colin Robertson’s “Millenniyule 2017” interview series — Robertson also has a pseudonym, going by “Millennial Woes” online — Benjamin, with over 737,000 subscribers on YouTube, is anything but an innocent truth seeker.
While speaking with Robertson, Benjamin pushed absolute nonsense, such as the notion that Heyer — killed in that car ramming attack in Charlottesville — wasn’t actually killed as a direct result of the car ramming but instead died of a heart attack.
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Benjamin remarked to Robertson:
‘As I understand it, I thought Heather Hayes or Heyer or whatever her name was, I thought she died of a heart attack.’
Robertson replied by saying:
‘Yes. It looks like what happened is that she was shocked by seeing the car crash happening and had a heart attack.’
That is false.
Benjamin, after Robertson said that Heyer’s made-up heart attack “seemed a bit dramatic,” continued:
‘It’s more that the alt-right being blamed for someone having a heart attack, someone in tremendously bad physical condition has a heart attack, and suddenly the alt-right has murdered someone.’
No, Benjamin — a member of the alt-right drove their car into a crowd of people, and someone died, and that’s why they’re said to have murdered someone.
What makes this even more horrifying is that these conspiracy theory-pushers have an ally in the president. After the violence in Charlottesville, he refused to even single out the white nationalists for any sort of special condemnation.
With Trump’s documented propensity for conspiracy theories, he would no doubt be open to hearing a suggestion that the members of the alt-right he feels to be so innocent aren’t even responsible for Heyer’s death at all.
Benjamin had other conspiracy theories to lend his support to during his conversation with Robertson besides the one about Heyer.
Benjamin suggested that the infamous and incendiary Richard Spencer is actually a government plant meant to discredit the alt-right movement.
Benjamin posed the question:
‘The mainstream media could just have a policy of non-engagement and that would be more successful for kettling the alt-right than it would be promoting them. But I mean Richard Spencer is only a household name because of the media. Is Richard Spencer controlled opposition? I’m genuinely curious.’
That suggestion is in the same category as the assertion from some people that the government was behind 9/11. There’s just no reason to believe it. These people — like the president — pull their beliefs out of thin air.
The discussion went on beyond that point, with Benjamin blaming rape victims being “afraid of social justice warriors calling them racist” for rape.
Check out a selection of clips from the discussion below.
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