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Rick Wiles (1954 or 1955–), the host of the TruNews radio program,[Note 1] is a far-right fundamentalist Christian radio host and conspiracy theorist who demonstrates the miraculous ability to out-crazy virtually anyone else. (Well, maybe not.)
Often a guest on the Jim Bakker show, and a frequent sideshow freak of Right Wing Watch, Rick is best known for his over the top, crazy, bigoted outbursts, oft-contradictory conspiracy theories of an unprecedented level of wackiness and his tendency to believe everything he hears. Common subjects of his rants include gays, Muslims, diseases, and his all-time adversary Barack Hussein Obama. His ramblings invariably result in (probably) unintentional humour.
For all we know, he's probably serious. Probably.
On other religions
Rick Wiles has implied he supports the genocide of Muslims, saying they should be 'stomped out like cockroaches'. Using highly dubious sources, he also claims that Muslim spies have infiltrated US churches, and are waiting on a signal to begin killing all Americans.
However, as with many of his other views, Rick's views on Muslim terrorists specifically are often contradictory. Whilst claiming ISIS are 'demon possessed', he also claims that Muslim terrorists are 'sent by God' (therefore anything but demon possessed) to punish America for abortion.
Rick's views on Catholicism are also a confusion; whilst his website does claim that all Christians, including Catholics will be saved, he also believes in a Jesuit plot to destroy America, specifically by flooding the country with Roman Catholic immigrants.
On Barack Hussein Obama
Wiles believes Barack Obama, or "Jihad Barry", is literally a Devil from Hell. Obama is by far the greatest adversary of Wiles; if you can name a conspiracy involving Obama, he promotes it, as well as several of his own, which far transcend the usual level of craziness. For example, he believes Obama will 'kill millions of american resistors in a bloody cleansing', possibly out killing "Pol Pot, Stalin and Mao" and may create an army of "zombie cannibals".
Humorously, as with so many of his other views, Rick's unconditional belief in any Obama conspiracy leads to several contradictions, for example, despite once claiming Obama to be a "Muslim Jihadist" he later claimed Obama murdered Scalia as a pagan sacrifice. If this is to be believed, Obama is a Muslim and a pagan at the same time.
Rick Wiles has spoken approvingly of the Ebola virus, stating that it could solve Americas "problems" with "Atheism, Homosexuality, Promiscuity, Pornography and Abortion". True to form, in the midst of the outbreak of Zika virus in Latin America, Rick blamed the outbreak on God's judgement for the worship of Santa Muerte, a Mexican Saint of death. Stating that "they’re worshiping death and so he's giving them death". God has clearly done a half-assed job at punishing Mexicans, since Zika virus is non-fatal.
Wiles appears to believe that retail store Target's decision to remove gender labeling from their toy section and to allow trans persons to use the restroom that conforms to their gender will directly lead to nuclear war with Russia. This is a common theme in his ramblings; previously he has suggested that Vladimir Putin will nuke America and cause a 'nuclear holocaust' due to gay rights in America. He has also warned, in the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, that the U.S. will invade third world countries and force them to accept homosexuality. He also believes the ruling will pave way for 'witchcraft', and that America has become 'Babylon' with its citizens being Babylonian pagans.
Wiles has described the popular Pokémon Go game as Satan "targeting churches with virtual, digital, cyber-demons" and that "this technology will be used by the enemies of the cross to target, locate and execute Christians." He also claimed that him being banned from YouTube for violating the site's community guidelines is evidence that the left plans to execute Christians and conservatives in the street.
Luminary guests (or lack thereof) on "TruNews"
Rick's radio show has somehow managed to attract the attention of a former CIA director, R. James Woolsey. Other than this, Wiles show is largely a magnet for the craziest right wing cranks. Highlights include:
- Robert Spencer
- Miranda Blue, 'These Freaks Are Going To Get Us All Killed': Rick Wiles Warns Target Restroom Policy Will Spark Nuclear War. Right Wing Watch, 20 April 2016.
- Brian Tashman, Rick Wiles: Nuclear Holocaust Will Kill Us All Thanks To Gay People. Right Wing Watch, 19 December 2014.
- Olivia O’Hea, Rick Wiles Renounces His American Citizenship In Response To Marriage Equality Ruling. Right Wing Watch, 1 July 2015.
- Brian Tashman. Rick Wiles: Satan Using Pokémon Go To Spawn 'Demonic Powers' And Murder Christians. rightwingwatch.org. 13 July 2016. Retrieved on 18 July 2016.
- Kyle Mantyla, After Getting Booted From YouTube, Rick Wiles Warns That Leftists Will Soon Start Executing Christians. Right Wing Watch, 3 April 2018.