Gohmert Goes Too Far Even for Fox News

Gohmert Goes Too Far Even for Fox News December 7, 2018

Louis Gohmert, the dumbest man in Congress by a country mile, went on Fox Business with host Stuart Varney and blurted out the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about George Soros, including the false claim that he helped steal property from other Jews during the Nazi takeover of central Europe. This is practically an article of faith on the far right.

“You mention Orwell, it also reminds me of another George—George Soros,” Gohmert said, making a clumsy transition during his segment. “Because Google is born in a free country and then they go over and help oppress another country.”

“George Soros is supposed to be Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from the damage he’s inflicted on Israel and the fact that he turned on fellow Jews and helped take the property that they own.”

That wild accusation—or as Gohmert put it “fact”—went unchallenged by host Stuart Varney, who helped steer the conversation back to China…

In the following broadcast hour, Varney issued an on-air apology for Gohmert’s remarks: “Congressman Louie Gohmert, for some reason went out of his way to bring up George Soros and made unsubstantiated and false allegations against him. I want to make clear those views are not shared by me, this program or anyone at Fox Business.”

But they are shared by both hosts and regular guests on Fox News still. Fox News long ago merged with the wingnutosphere, with all manner of idiotic conspiracy theories bubbling up from the fever swamps and amplified by Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro and other hosts.

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