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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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: Paul Gosar

Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) got his baseless accusations mixed up on Wednesday, when he blasted former IRS commissioner Doug Shulman for not knowing who leaked Mitt Romney’s tax information to Harry Reid during the 2012 presidential election.

In August, 2012, Reid claimed that an investor with Bain Capital told him that Romney “didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years” — a charge that Romney denied, and which quickly faded when Reid refused to name his source. As Gosar remembers it, however, it was the IRS that leaked the info — presumably at President Obama’s behest — and the fact that Shulman can’t blow the whistle on it is “shameful.”

The exchange on Reid begins at the 4:43 mark of the video below:

“Doesn’t that alarm you that all of a sudden, this pertinent information comes up, and you’re the head of this agency, and you’re not asking questions?” Gosar raged after a clearly confused Shulman couldn’t answer his question on Reid’s source. “Shame on you. Absolutely shame on you.”

Notably, Gosar endorsed Mitt Romney just two weeks after Reid’s tax claim — which Gosar apparently believed wholeheartedly. So for at least one Republican congressman, a decade of tax fraud does not preclude a man from becoming president.