GOP Rep. Bryan Zollinger claimed through a Facebook post that former President Barrack Obama was to blame for the white supremacists march that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week.
Zollinger had shared an article by the conservative website The American Thinker that stated Obama worked with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer and billionaire donor George Soros to plan the “Unite the Right” march.
The lawmaker began to receive immediate backlash after sharing the article, but that didn’t keep him from backing his belief that the article is true.
“At first, I felt genuinely bad that maybe I had offended somebody,” he said in an interview Monday, reported the Idaho Falls Register. “Since then, the amazing amount of hate and the despicable things that have been said about myself, my wife, my kids, I’ve doubled down.”
“What if Signer and McAuliffe, in conjunction with Antifa and other Soros-funded groups like Black Lives Matter, planned and orchestrated what happened in Charlottesville and meant for events to unfold roughly as they did?” the American Thinker article read.
Zollinger stuck by his thoughts, saying:
“[Obama] was a community organizer before he was the president of the United States…I still do think it’s plausible.”