GOP Senate group run by Sen. Moran lapses into 9/11 trutherism

Will the Republican party’s lapse into 9/11 trutherism be covered by the mainstream media?

It probably should, no?

In a stunning development, the official Republican party organ in charge of whipping US Senate campaigns, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), is using its Twitter account to promote the notion that 9/11 was an inside job.

The NRSC is chaired by Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas.

NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring yesterday used his Twitter account to direct people to a GOP Web page that included the following absurdly-offensive assertion about the World Trade Center’s collapse on September 11, 2001:

“There’s some evidence that were charges planted in the buildings that brought them down.”

GOP Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas.

GOP Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is the chair of the organization that lapsed into 9/11 trutherism.

In fact, there is no credible evidence that September 11 was an inside job.

And the accusation, in addition to being false, also tends to be anti-Semitic — it often is couched within another lie, that “New York Jews” were forewarned of the attacks, and that many of them didn’t show up to work at the World Trade Center that fateful day. It’s simply not true.

The GOP Web page which writes that “there’s some evidence that were charges planted in the buildings that brought them down” is run by America Rising, the lead GOP political action committee, launched last year by Mitt Romney’s former campaign manager, Matt Rhoades.

It is unclear at press time whether Mitt Romney agrees that 9/11 was an inside job, orchestrated by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, who then forewarned the Jews.
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Now that I’ve had my fun, what’s really going on here is that the Republican party is desperate to take back the US Senate in this November’s election.

So, in order to beat the sitting Democratic Senator from Colorado, Mark Udall, the NRSC and America Rising decided to trump up a 9/11-truther charge against Udall.

How did they do it? The same way I trumped up the same charges against the NRSC and America Rising. They simply took a “quote” from the Senator, and asserted that he agreed with the substance of the quote because he repeated the quote.

Specifically, Udall was at a town meeting in 2007 when some nut job in the audience suggested that 9/11 was an inside job. Udall repeated the question, then rebutted it. Here’s Udall’s refutation, that the NRSC and America Rising don’t bother quoting:

UDALL: I would tell you this, I think we should exhaust every possibility to understand what happened whether there was a structural incident (INAUDIBLE) National Institute of Standards and Technology which we should all be very proud, it’s one of the federal (INAUDIBLE) driving our economy. They’ve been charged with investigating what happened to the steel beams and why the buildings came down. In my readings of their reports, I’ve seen nothing to suggests that there was that kind of pre-placed charges in the building. When it comes time (INAUDIBLE) asked the question. I have to tell you, my wife, public service as a private citizen, when conspiracy theories surface I almost always go first to the stupidity theory? and I think that the key point here is regardless how the buildings came down, we were attacked on 9/11, we were attacked.

But that wasn’t enough for the NRSC and America Rising. They used Udall’s quote of the quote as “proof” that he endorsed the substance of the quote.

Here’s the NRSC communications director:

Okay, I’m game. So the fact that America Rising quoted the quote of the quote, and that the NRSC is promoting America Rising’s Web page quoting the quote of the quote, is “proof” that both America Rising and the NRSC are “lapsing into 9/11 trutherism.”

I wonder what Mitt Romney has to say about his brush with 9/11 trutherism? Perhaps someone should ask him.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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