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Cynthia McKinney (1955–) is a conspiracy theorist and former member of the U.S. Congress from Georgia. She was the presidential nominee of the US Green Party in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections. She is currently on the faculty of North South University in Bangladesh where she teaches management and political science courses.
She was first elected in 1992 but lost her seat ten years later. Critics charged that her undoing came from claiming Bush knew 9/11 would happen but did nothing and getting documents released about the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. She got her seat back in 2004 but lost it again when she slugged a Capitol Hill officer who attempted to stop her from going into a restricted area of the Capitol because she was not wearing her ID pin and the officer did not recognize her. She blamed the officer, because apparently, all officers should be able to identify all 535 members of Congress on sight, even though over three-quarters of them change every 2 years (all 435 House seats and a third of the Senate seats). She lost her last Congressional election when she and her father began slinging antisemitism around, though this was nothing new for McKinney Sr. It definitely did not endear her to many.
Had she been elected president in 2008, she would have been the first African American woman, the first woman, and the first Green Party politician to become president of the United States; but with endorsements from the likes of Roseanne Barr and Ward Churchill, who needs a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy™ to sink one's candidacy? After a last (failed) run for congress in 2012, she faded from relevance.
Political positions and beliefs
She was outspoken in her support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
A fellow conspiracy enthusiast, Greg Palast, reported in June of 2003 that none of the media outlets making this claim offered a proper citation of McKinney's alleged statement in the Congressional record. This, he said, caused him to search that record and fail to turn up the quote.
Palast further claimed that McKinney actually made the following statement for the Congressional record: "George Bush had no prior knowledge of the plan to attack the World Trade Center on September 11." Unfortunately, Palast neglected to provide a proper citation of this claim, making it extremely difficult to verify without extensive trawling through the Congressional record.
McKinney signed on to a 9/11 Truth Movement demand for more answers about 9/11. A year after that, she held a Congressional hearing on the subject. Charged that she was promoting trutherism, she responded with a letter that essentially says she was just asking questions.
McKinney has also expressed support for many other conspiracy theories, including:
- Government conspiracies
- McKinney supported the disclosure of documents regarding the assassination of Martin Luther King because she believes that his assassination was some sort of secret government plot to prevent the "black messiah". Not surprisingly, she believes that the Kennedy assassinations are also part of a conspiracy. Interestingly, documents released under a FOIA request by the FBI indicate that the FBI was at least interested in the possibility of coercing Martin Luther King Jr. into committing suicide.
- Hurricane Katrina
- McKinney believes that the U.S. military shot and killed 5,000 prisoners during Hurricane Katrina and dumped their bodies in the bayou, and that the city of New Orleans executed thousands of people in the aftermath of Katrina.
- Boston Marathon bombing
- McKinney's first reaction to the Boston Marathon bombing was to tweet that Boston cops had a "bomb squad drill" on the same day and that a familiar pattern was emerging.
- Jewish conspiracy theories
- McKinney supports international Jewish conspiracy theories, such as the "Dancing Israelis" theory, and claims that Israel is behind the Nice and Munich terror attacks.
- #266 Cynthia McKinney at the Encyclopedia of American Loons, 27 November 2011.
- Dr. Cynthia McKinney
- Police report: McKinney hit officer with fist
- Michael Barone, Lessons from Rep. Cynthia McKinney's defeat. Archived from the original at US News and World Report, 29 August 2002.
- Eric Kleefeld, Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney Appears On Libyan State TV. talkingpointsmemo.com, 23 May 2011.
- Greg Palast, "The Screwing of Cynthia McKinney," June 18, 2003.
- 9/11 Truth Movement statement, October 26, 2004.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "McKinney Reopens 9/11", July 23, 2005.
- Cynthia McKinney et al., Letter to the Editor, August 2, 2005.
- Introduction of the Martin Luther King Jr Records Collection Act of 2005. fas.org, 23 May 2005.
- FBI COINTELPRO Letter To Martin Luther King Jr To Commit Suicide. archive.org, Uploaded by FreedomMedia on August 11, 2019.
- Jerry Ray Declares his Brother James Earl Ray Didn’t Shoot Martin Luther King, Jr. prweb.com, 9 January 2012.
- Cynthia's endorsement of "A Memoir of Injustice," a conspiracy screed. memoirofinjustice.com.
- banging it out: "If it's a terrorist act and the culprit yells Allahu Akbar, know that's CIA-speak for 'We did it!'
- Or how about, "Russian colonel says ISIS is a division of the CIA."
- Cynthia McKinney - DoD Killed 5000 Prisoners and Used Katrina to Hide the Bodies. dailykos.com, 3 October 2008.
- Cynthia Mckinney Reveals 5,000 Executed Post Katrina. YouTube, 30 September 2008.
- Cynthia McKinney Speaks Out on Dyncorp, Child Trafficking, Fraud and Vaccines. youtube.com, 2 October 2017.
- Jack Coleman, Ex-House Member Cynthia McKinney Eyes Boston Cops as Suspects in Marathon Bombing. newsbusters.org, 16 April 2013.
- "The pattern is becoming too, too familiar. So, Boston cops were having a "bomb squad drill" on the same day as..." Twitter, 15 April 2013.
- writing: "Drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.! Arrest those pedophiles!"
- smearl stories about Clinton and other celebritie.
- "Same Israeli photographer captures Nice and Munich tragedies. How likely is that? Remember the Dancing Israelis?" Twitter, 23 July 2016.