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Monday, July 23, 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. Kerry Bentivolio


Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) — a Santa-impersonating reindeer rancher who once starred in a film suggesting that 9/11 was an inside job — is well known for speaking his mind. But in an interview with The Daily Beast this week, Bentivolio got odd — even by his standards.

The first-term congressman described a conversation with a constitutent who asked if the president is “going to put those immigrants in FEMA camps.”

Bentivolio’s thoughts? “I don’t know if there are FEMA camps. How can I trust the government? They’re not telling the truth with the IRS or the EPA.”

But that wasn’t the craziest part of the interview; that honor goes to Bentivolio’s own “autopsy report” on the 2012 election: that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) “should have ran [sic] for president instead of Romney.”

A conspiracy-obsessed congressman with a criminal record including alleged car thefts and weapons offenses for president? What could possibly go wrong?