Last week we noted that Glenn Beck had started promoting a new conspiracy claiming that a racist, anti-gay black nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee named Ayo Kimathi was responsible for the shortage of ammunition in this country, because he was buying it all up for the government in preparation for a coming race war.
Beck insisted that Kimathi was “in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security,” which, as we pointed out, was totally false.
Kimathi’s actual position was as a “Small Business Specialist” within the ICE Office of Acquisition Management, meaning that it was his job to “provide advice to small business owners on individual procurement opportunities and how to do business” with the various government agencies.
As the SPLC, which first broke the story, reported, “among his duties at DHS and ICE is speaking at various vendor events. He’s one of the agency’s public faces. It is his job to advocate for small business owners ‘white, black, historically disadvantaged, disabled veteran-owned, everybody.'”
Helping small businesses navigate the government procurement system is, obviously, not quite the same thing as being “in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security” … so, of course, Beck repeated the same false claim on his radio broadcast today.
“At the Department of Homeland Security,” Beck said, “he is the acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who is in charge of buying all the weapons and ammunition for the government … This is the guy who’s in charge of buying it all”:
It wasn’t true when Beck said it last week and it was just as untrue when he repeated it today – and it will continue to be untrue every time Beck repeats it in the future, which he will most certainly will do because he simply does not care that it is false, so long as it feeds his narrative and helps him promote his agenda.