Rep. Mark Finchem doesn’t believe that President Joe Biden rightfully won the election in 2020. He also thinks former Vice President Mike Pence orchestrated a coup against former President Donald Trump. In other words, the Republican running for secretary of state in Arizona is a complete and utter bozo.
Finchem is also fully supported by a cast of even stranger characters. According to The Daily Beast, the candidate was in Newport Beach, California, last Sunday at a private event co-hosted by a QAnoner and Sandy Hook “truther,” headlined by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (isn’t he behind bars yet?), and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (why isn’t he behind bars yet?).
Former actress and current massage therapist and entrenched 9/11 “truther” Nicole Nogrady, 39, is the woman behind the Finchem event Sunday. The Daily Beast reports that Nogrady just last week alleged on social media that 9/11 was an inside job: “The same people who orchestrated the [Sept. 11] event have been working hard behind the scenes to create their desired ‘One World Gov’t’ and have made us divided more than EVER before,” Nogrady wrote, going on to call 9/11 “the day the Deep State took thousands of lives.”
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As for the Sandy Hook school massacre that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults, Nogrady claims it was a “false flag” event where “no one died,” according to The Daily Beast. She has written on her Facebook page that the parents were “paid crisis actors.”
“These families are all very much so $et for life both from deep state payouts and all of their Go Fund Me accounts ... This is all a game to them and the public are the pawns,” Nogrady wrote.
According to The Daily Beast, the Newport event also included an appearance by prominent QAnon influencer Jordan Sather and a musical interlude by a woman singing a QAnon-themed song with the infamous slogan, “Where we go one, we go all,” posted on Twitter by Media Matters’ Alex Kaplan.
In a post by Sather, who says he was at the event to shoot some video, he reports that two venues canceled due to “death threats.”
It seems redundant to say this, but Finchem, a proud member of the Oath Keepers group, is also a vocal antisemite.
According to AZ Central, the candidate has threatened that if Arizonans don’t vote for him, then Jews will run the government. Finchem thinks his opposition is financed by Jewish donors. He accuses anyone who disagrees with him of being a loyalist “to George Soros and Mike Bloomberg,” both of whom are Jewish and, in recent years, have been increasingly tied through conspiracists’ unfounded claims to all manner of violence and alleged political secrecy.
Just last week, Finchem tweeted:
“Democrat politicians on the ballot in Arizona are liars and deceivers. They want total control over you and our state. Their loyalty is to George Soros and Mike Bloomberg. They want Arizona to be like California. Do not be deceived.”
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix responded to his tweet with:
“@RealMarkFinchem: your reliance on #antisemitic tropes to spearhead your campaign is an embarrassment to the majority of #Arizona residents.”
Still, Finchem says he isn’t antisemitic, which is just another way of saying he doesn’t like any facts that aren’t alternative. Finchem was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and calls himself a “patriot.”
Daily Kos’ Brandi Buchman reports that the week of Sept. 26, “Oath Keepers ringleader Elmer Stewart Rhodes and four fellow members of the far-right extremist network will go on trial to face charges accusing them of organizing a seditious conspiracy to forcefully stop the lawful transfer of presidential power on Jan. 6, 2021.”
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