Earlier this month, VICE News did an interview with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in which the congressman presented a theory that the violence in Charlottesville was a false flag operation carried out by leftists funded by George Soros.
CNN wanted to get to the bottom of Gosar’s comments and if see he still stood by his claims. So they sent a reporter to Capitol Hill to speak with the Arizona lawmaker.
In a segment aired this evening, CNN correspondent Randi Kaye pressed Gosar on his comments, and things got testy in short order. When Kaye asked the Congressman what proof he had that the Charlottesville march was carried out by the left, Gosar responded by telling her to “stay tuned” and to check out his website.
We then got this exchange:
Kaye: You said it’s possible the billionaire was behind this whole thing?
Gosar: Like I said, go back and take a look.
Kaye: We’ve taken a look at your comments.
Gosar: My proof will be coming.
Kaye: It’s all been debunked.
Gosar: It’s not been debunked. So stay tuned.
Kaye: The conspiracy theory you put out there has been debunked.
Gosar: Look at what CNN has talked about with what’s going on with the Clinton administration right now with the dossier. Hardly an aspect in regards to debunked. You’re not real news, you’re fake news.
At that point, Gosar then began walking away from Kaye. As the CNN reporter asked him why he was still putting this information out there since it has been debunked, Gosar (and another man) could be heard shouting “fake news” while Gosar again said she needed to check out his website.
After the interview was aired, Kaye was asked by anchor Anderson Cooper if there was anything on the website. Kaye noted that all he provided as proof was a 6o Minutes interview with Soros and a link to a radio host who has tossed out a lot of conspiracy theories. In this case, Kaye noted, neither provided any proof to back up Gosar’s claims.
Recently, it was reported that Gosar’s siblings are “aghast” over his embrace of this theory as they wrote a passionate and scathing public letter denouncing their brother’s remarks.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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