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Troubled conspiracy cranks in action: NC senator falsely accuses George Soros the same day as failed bomb attack

Sen. Ronald Rabin

It’s hard to know which particular example of disturbed, lunatic fringe conspiracy theorists in action is more troubling:

a) a supposedly responsible government official who represents thousands of North Carolinians in the General Assembly accusing progressive philanthropist George Soros on Monday of somehow funding the Central American migrant caravan, or

b) the delivery of a bomb to Soros’ home on the same day.

As you’ve probably seen in the news, some badly troubled individual (or individuals) delivered a package to Soros’ home on Monday that contained a pipe bomb. Since then, officials have discovered similar bomb delivery attempts to former Presidents Clinton and Obama, CNN and others.

As the New York Times reported Tuesday:

Federal authorities believe that an explosive device found Monday in a mailbox at the home of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who has been a focus of right-wing vitriol and conspiracy theorists, was left there by someone and was not delivered by the Postal Service, several law enforcement officials said Tuesday….

Mr. Soros, who made his fortune in finance and is now a full-time philanthropist and political activist, is often a subject of the ire of right-wing groups. In recent days, some have falsely speculated that he funded a caravan of migrants moving north in Mexico.

The same day as the terrorist package was delivered to Soros, North Carolina Senator Ronald Rabin of Harnett County said the following on his Facebook page:

The current threatened invasion of our Southern border is not spontaneous. It is funded by internationalists like Soros and “Never Trump special interests and engineered by liberals who have high-jacked the Democrat Party.

Have you not noticed these are well fed, well clad people? Do you think they are walking 2,300 miles? Walking at 60 miles a day (5 mph for 12 hrs) it would take about 38 days.

Do not be recieved (sic). This is an organized event designed to influence voting during mid-term elections.

A Nation without borders is not a sovereign nation. Get the military to the border, now.

Please do not comment about us being ” a nation of immigrants”. That propaganda denies the fact that it was LEGAL immigrants who built this nation. Immigrants who wanted to be Americans.

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at such drivel. Actually, the most troubling thing might be the disturbing comments posted by the some of the lawmaker’s friends immediately below the post.

Rabin, thankfully, is not running for reelection this fall, but his horrific and outrageous public comments are an embarrassment to our state. His constituents and fellow state lawmakers ought to call him out and demand a retraction ASAP.

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