Now that a professed fan of InfoWars has become president, it is only fitting that the conspiracy theory network might find a spot in the White House press room. This week, arch-conspiracy theorist Alex Jones announced that WorldNetDaily reporter Jerome Corsi will become InfoWars’ Washington, D.C., bureau chief and that he plans to cover White House press briefings.
Corsi, a longtime conspiracy theorist and regular guest on Jones’ program, worked with Trump to promote the discredited birther conspiracy theory about President Obama. At one point, Trump tweeted a link to an article in which Corsi falsely claimed that Obama wears an Islamic wedding ring.
Why does Barack Obama’s ring have an arabic inscription? http://t.co/upa00265 Who is this guy?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2012
While Corsi is now a dedicated Trump supporter, things weren’t always this way.
In fact, Corsi told Jones in 2011 that Trump was actually an Obama plant who had been sent to discredit the birther movement and could not be trusted:
Donald Trump I discount. I’m completely convinced at this point Donald Trump was subterfuge. He called me two or three times, got me to give him a copy of the book in advance. I’m convinced Donald Trump, through Mike Cohen, seems to be 50/50 working with Obama, he’s close to Schumer. Donald Trump says, “Let’s beat the drums big, then you release the birth certificate, I’ll say it satisfies me, the press will go to sleep and I’ll get my new $60 million contract, thank you very much, from NBC.”
Jones, now a sycophantic Trump supporter, agreed: “I’ll tell you the dead ringer. He’ll get his new $60 million NBC contract, which is GE, which got bailout money, and Rachel Maddow and all of them. Here’s the dead ringer, two days after that, he’s ‘discredited’ by Obama, he goes into a cussing tirade, he’s a very shrewd guy, meant to further plunge him in the numbers and to further discredit.”
Corsi then wondered if Trump would try to build casinos in Chicago and said that he planned to investigate Trump’s “connections with the White House and what deals, wink-wink, went back how far. I don’t trust it at all.”
“You don’t trust a guy that owns a bunch of casinos?” Jones said, mockingly.