Episode

6/18 Republic Of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists & Their Surprising Rise to Power w/ Anna Merlan

June 18, 2019

Anna Merlan (@annamerlan), reporter at G/O Media (formerly Gizmodo Media Group), joins us to discuss her book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

On today’s show: Trish Regan says deep state GOP is banging war drum to make Trump look bad before 2020.

Anna Merlan joins us to discuss her new book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power. Birtherism and how conspiracy theories have become weaponized by the powerful. Conspiracy theories in the black community and their basis in historical reality. What do conspiracy theories do for people and why do they so often go back to the Jews? Merlan’s take on UFOs, Pizzagate, and Russiagate. How a more fair, just and democratic society would help stem the proliferation of conspiratorial thinking.

On the fun half: Tucker Carlson says Africans at Southern border could “change US completely and forever.” Laura Ingraham says Congolese are “repopulating” Portland, Maine. Stuart Varney says AOC is wrong about Amazon “starvation wages,” cites wages raised by Sanders campaign. Gorka reminds caller that Trump was a Democrat during Access Hollywood hot mic. Tom Cotton says Pelosi is siding with the Ayatollahs when she says she does not want war. Rep. Katie Porter of CA joins Democrats calling for impeachment inquiry. Kyle Kashuv gets grilled on Fox News.

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