Green Party VP candidate is a loon

Much has been made of Donald Trump's belief in wild conspiracy theories.  But compared to Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka, Trump is the soul of reason.

Baraka ran a human rights organization before accepting the nomination for Green Party veep.  And aside from the fact that he thinks the Paris terror attack last year, and other Islamic terror attacks, are "false flag" operations and that he has cozied up to Holocaust deniers and 9/11 truthers, he would make a perfect vice president.

Daily Beast:

Earlier this year, the former executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network had his work featured in a book edited by accused Holocaust denier (“the Holocaust controversy was a legitimate topic of historical debate”) and self-described 9/11 truther Kevin Barrett. The book, Another French False Flag? Bloody Tracks from Paris to San Bernardino,featured the likes of Jewishness-loathing Gilad Atzmon and Ken O’Keefe, who once made a YouTube video explaining how “Hitler was right.”

Baraka, though, says that he was not aware of Barrett’s views prior to having his work appear in the book.

“When Kevin Barrett, someone who has interviewed me in the past, contacted me to ask if he could include my piece in a compilation on the Paris Attacks, I didn’t see any problem with it,” Baraka said in a statement to Gawker in which he stridently disavowed Holocaust denial. “I didn’t inquire as to the other authors and don’t know much about some of them or their positions on various issues. I stand by everything I wrote in that article and would be happy to discuss the details.”

Neither he nor the ticket’s spokesman responded to requests for further comment from The Daily Beast.

The essay in question was first published on CounterPunch, a site that once ran a 12,000-word investigation on Israel’s role in the 9/11 attacks and bills itself as the “Fearless Voice of the American Left.” In the essay, Baraka makes an argument that the November terror attacks in Paris were an example of “The White Lives Matter Movement” played out on an international stage.

“In fact some states—like the United States—proudly claim their ‘exceptionality,’ meaning impunity from international norms, as a self-evident natural right,” Baraka writes.

“And in that sense, while the victims of the violence in Paris may have been innocent, France was not. French crimes against Arabs, Muslims and Africans are ever-present in the historical memory and discourse of many members of those populations living in France. Those memories, the systemic discrimination experienced by many Muslims and the collaboration of French authorities with the U.S. and others that gave aid and logistical support to extremist elements in Syria and turned their backs while their citizens traveled to Syria to topple President Assad, became the toxic mix that resulted in the blowback on November 13.

The double standard with Trump is striking.  Many in the media have dismissed Trump's beliefs by saying he has disqualified himself from the presidency.  Baraka has disqualified himself from civilized society, much less the V.P. spot. 

Why haven't this man's nauseating, toxic views been reported?  Every time the press mentions Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, it should be bringing this man's views to the fore.  And what does it say about Stein's judgment that she would pick someone so obviously unqualified in knowledge and temperament?

Baraka makes Trump look like a genius.  Reason enough to dismiss him from the ticket.

Much has been made of Donald Trump's belief in wild conspiracy theories.  But compared to Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka, Trump is the soul of reason.

Baraka ran a human rights organization before accepting the nomination for Green Party veep.  And aside from the fact that he thinks the Paris terror attack last year, and other Islamic terror attacks, are "false flag" operations and that he has cozied up to Holocaust deniers and 9/11 truthers, he would make a perfect vice president.

Daily Beast:

Earlier this year, the former executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network had his work featured in a book edited by accused Holocaust denier (“the Holocaust controversy was a legitimate topic of historical debate”) and self-described 9/11 truther Kevin Barrett. The book, Another French False Flag? Bloody Tracks from Paris to San Bernardino,featured the likes of Jewishness-loathing Gilad Atzmon and Ken O’Keefe, who once made a YouTube video explaining how “Hitler was right.”

Baraka, though, says that he was not aware of Barrett’s views prior to having his work appear in the book.

“When Kevin Barrett, someone who has interviewed me in the past, contacted me to ask if he could include my piece in a compilation on the Paris Attacks, I didn’t see any problem with it,” Baraka said in a statement to Gawker in which he stridently disavowed Holocaust denial. “I didn’t inquire as to the other authors and don’t know much about some of them or their positions on various issues. I stand by everything I wrote in that article and would be happy to discuss the details.”

Neither he nor the ticket’s spokesman responded to requests for further comment from The Daily Beast.

The essay in question was first published on CounterPunch, a site that once ran a 12,000-word investigation on Israel’s role in the 9/11 attacks and bills itself as the “Fearless Voice of the American Left.” In the essay, Baraka makes an argument that the November terror attacks in Paris were an example of “The White Lives Matter Movement” played out on an international stage.

“In fact some states—like the United States—proudly claim their ‘exceptionality,’ meaning impunity from international norms, as a self-evident natural right,” Baraka writes.

“And in that sense, while the victims of the violence in Paris may have been innocent, France was not. French crimes against Arabs, Muslims and Africans are ever-present in the historical memory and discourse of many members of those populations living in France. Those memories, the systemic discrimination experienced by many Muslims and the collaboration of French authorities with the U.S. and others that gave aid and logistical support to extremist elements in Syria and turned their backs while their citizens traveled to Syria to topple President Assad, became the toxic mix that resulted in the blowback on November 13.

The double standard with Trump is striking.  Many in the media have dismissed Trump's beliefs by saying he has disqualified himself from the presidency.  Baraka has disqualified himself from civilized society, much less the V.P. spot. 

Why haven't this man's nauseating, toxic views been reported?  Every time the press mentions Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, it should be bringing this man's views to the fore.  And what does it say about Stein's judgment that she would pick someone so obviously unqualified in knowledge and temperament?

Baraka makes Trump look like a genius.  Reason enough to dismiss him from the ticket.