Trump Ignites Backlash After Tweeting Support for GOP Primary Win of Far Right Conspiracy Theorist Laura Loomer: Shows ‘How Far Off the Rails the GOP Has Gone’

Laura Loomer

Laura Loomer

President Donald Trump triumphantly congratulated far right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer after she won the House GOP primary in his Florida home district on Tuesday. Loomer, a former InfoWars contributor, has suggesting the Parkland mass shooting was a false flag attack and been banned from numerous social media and ride-sharing platforms for pushing toxic Islamophobic myths.

In the crowded Republican primary field of Florida’s 21st Congressional district, Loomer won the party’s nomination with nearly 42% of the vote on Tuesday. However, she stands little chance of wining in November in a district that Hillary Clinton won by 20 points over Trump in 2016. Nevertheless, Trump tweeted out his support for Loomer and claimed she had a “great chance” against Democratic incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel.

But Trump’s public show of support for a bigoted conspiracy theorist — as well as his nod to her only Congressional endorser, Rep. Matt Gaetz — was roundly condemned on Twitter.

And a reality check from elections analyst Dave Wasserman put Loomer’s GOP primary win in context:

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