Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Reince Priebus
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Supposed false-flag operations are a pretty common theme in This Week In Crazy, but the accusations usually come from someone in the Alex Jones set — not the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
But on Wednesday, RNC chair Reince Priebus launched a conspiracy that would have fit snugly into Glenn Beck’s show when he suggested that Democrats don’t actually want to extend unemployment insurance to the estimated 1.3 million workers whose federal aid lapsed at the end of the December. No, the entire Democratic caucus actually voted to extend benefits to distract America from — you guessed it — Obamacare.
“All of this kind of stuff is ridiculous because we’re spending all of our time actually talking and perpetrating what the Democrats actually want,” Priebus told host Lars Larson during an appearance on his radio show. “They don’t want this to pass, what they want to do is they want to talk about these things, they want to talk about minimum wage and what they want to do ultimately is create a campaign issue, this sort of rich vs. poor, the same old thing they can do and avoid Obamacare. That’s what they want.”
Audio of his comments is available below, via Right Wing Watch
Here’s the most impressive thing about Priebus’ theory that Democrats secretly oppose unemployment insurance, but will go to any lengths — even helping jobless Americans! — to distract from Obamacare: It wasn’t even the craziest thing to happen on Larson’s radio show on Wednesday.