May 26, 2019


Tulsi Gabbard's Top Online Fundraiser Is A Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theorist (Charles Davis, 5/25/19, Huffington Post)

[Niko] House, who was a speaker at a March 30 Gabbard campaign event in Los Angeles, is a passionate critic of the "official narrative" on most major news events -- mass shootings in the U.S., chemical weapon attacks in Syria and Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee -- which he dissects for his 15,000 followers on Twitter and 36,000 subscribers on YouTube.

An Army veteran who studied at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, he first made a name for himself online as the founder of "Carolina Students for Bernie Sanders," and later alleged that the Vermont senator's campaign in the Tar Heel State was derailed from within by a sleeper cell of Hillary Clinton supporters, who blocked him from revealing their internal sabotage. "Somebody made a concerted effort to make sure that I could not talk to Bernie or anyone close to him," he claimed in a March 2016 video, recorded while driving a car.

Since 2016, House has succeeded in getting close to Gabbard, who was a surrogate for Sanders during his last run for the White House and was a fellow at the now-defunct Sanders Institute. House's conspiracy theorizing has since reached another level: Bill Cosby, he has claimed, was probably framed for serial rape after a failed bid to purchase NBC. ("80 women came out of literally nowhere," House claimed in a YouTube video.) He declared it "confirmed" that a murdered DNC staffer, not Russia, was the source for the hacked Democratic emails in 2016. ("Seth Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks," he claimed.) And he speculated that the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, like the gassing of children in Syria, was a false flag.

That wasn't the only mass shooting House found suspect. "If you don't think that the Vegas shooting is somehow connected to Harvey Weinstein, even if it's only as another distraction, then you got to be -- I don't know what you're looking at," House said in a 2017 video. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who worked with Weinstein, have ties to the CIA, he maintained: "Both their families are connected to intelligence agencies."

House also expressed a vague but disturbing level of support for Cesar Sayoc, who sent mail bombs to several prominent Democrats and members of the media last fall. "I can't say if I would be upset if they got hurt. I would be like, 'Yo, you shouldn't be sending bombs to people's houses because of collateral damage and other people could get hurt.' But I don't feel bad for you getting a bomb sent to your house," he said in October. "I refuse to trick myself into being sympathetic toward warmongering sociopaths, and that includes George Soros, possibly more than any of them."

Posted by at May 26, 2019 4:22 AM