Sometimes it’s easy to think that the crazy exists only on the right, but the left has its share of whackos too. Two of them are going to appear at “Freedompalooza” in Pennsylvania along with Larry Pratt, who is so far out on the right wing fringe that he thinks the NRA is too liberal. Oh, and the event is being hosted by a Holocaust denier.
How will you be spending your Fourth of July? Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt will be spending his with former congressman and convicted felon Jim Traficant and former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney at an event hosted by the Holocaust-denying frontman of an anti-government rock group with ties to the Hutaree militia.
The anti-Semitic weekly American Free Press reports that Pratt, Traficant and McKinney are all signed up to speak at the southeastern Pennsylvania “Freedompalooza,” hosted by Paul Topete. Topete heads the rock group Poker Face, which got national attention in 2010 when the Anti-Defamation league reported that it had licensed a song to and defended the violent right-wing Hutaree militia. Topete himself is an unabashed anti-Semite who, according to the ADL, once called the Holocaust “one of the largest if not THEE largest scam every played on humanity” (sic).
Topete’s anti-Semitic view of world history doesn’t stop there. He has also claimed that “the Rothchilds set up the Illuminati in 1776 to subvert the Christian basis of civilization.”
McKinney is stark raving nuts. Traficant is too but I always loved watching him giving rambling, incoherent speeches on the floor of the House in the 80s before he was convicted of taking bribes and sent to prison.