Brian Tashman

With Obama Gone, Survivalists Find New Ways to Sell the Apocalypse

During Barack Obama’s presidency, conservative doomsday peddlers cashed in on the paranoia they helped spread, selling firearms, prepper food, and survivalist gear to the followers they convinced that the end was near. Now, these apocalypse hucksters are facing a dilemma in the form of Donald Trump. While most enthusiastically supported Trump’s presidential run—some even hailing him as a savior—the Trump presidency has been damaging to their bottom lines.

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Donald Trump's 100 Days Have Been a Hand-Wrapped Gift to the Religious Right

President Trump’s first 100 days in office, judging by his own campaign promises, have been a disaster, with his administration bogged down by scandals, infighting, and ineptitude.

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Donald Trump Keeps Pushing Alex Jones’ Conspiracy Theories

On Monday, President Trump told yet another blatant falsehood, alleging that the media has covered up several terrorist attacks, a bogus claim that became even more laughable when the White House released a list of widely-covered attacks in a humiliating attempt to substantiate Trump’s assertion.

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10 Right-Wing Predictions About Obama That Never Came True

For eight years, right-wing activists have been making dire predictions about what  President Obama would do during his time in office. Some have warned that the president will begin seizing guns and arresting critics any day now. More than a few worried that the president would invade Texas or organize his own private army for other nefarious purposes.

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End Times Pastor Tom Horn: Donald Trump Could Be the Messiah or His Forerunner

Televangelist Jim Bakker hosted several fellow End Times preachers on his television program today to discuss the prophetic implications of the presidential election.

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The Fact-Free White House: Donald Trump Assembles a Team of Conspiracy Theorists

Donald Trump spent his presidential campaign promoting false claims and wild conspiracy theories, a habit he hasn’t broken since becoming president-elect. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that as he builds out his Cabinet and administration Trump is choosing to surround himself with people who similarly gravitate toward fake news and baseless propaganda.

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How Trump Has Helped the Christian Right Return to Its White Nationalist Roots

It will be difficult for Religious Right leaders to position themselves as the principled guardians of “family values” after tying their political fortunes so closely with those of Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump Just Can’t Let Go Of Alex Jones

Donald Trump’s conspiracy-theory-ridden presidential campaign didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Many of the bogus claims that Trump has leaned on in his campaigns are ones that we’ve been hearing from Republican politicians for years, such as the allegations that climate change is a myth or that Democrats use massive voter fraud to win elections.

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Ann Coulter Blames Atheism for #NeverTrump Movement

Ann Coulter joined conservative radio host Eric Metaxas, a fellow Donald Trump fan, on his radio program yesterday, where the two criticized Never Trump conservatives such as Thomas Sowell, Erick Erickson, George Will and Charles Murray and warned that America will collapse if Trump doesn’t win the upcoming election.

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Pat Robertson: 'Demonic' Dungeons & Dragons 'Captures' Its Players

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson issued yet another warning about the perils of Dungeons & Dragons, this time after a viewer claimed that “really weird things” started happening in her house after her husband began playing an online game that “includes elements of witchcraft.”

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Donald Trump's Extremist Allies: Who's Who At The Values Voter Summit 2016

Donald Trump is slated to join conservative activists and a number of GOP elected officials at next weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual Washington, D.C., event sponsored by the Family Research Council.

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Another Trump Flip-Flop: New Ad Celebrates Building He Once Said Showed that Terrorists Had Won

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign released a new ad today that has already come under criticism for boasting about a Trump economic plan that the candidate himself doesn’t even support.

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Michele Bachmann: Donald Trump's New End-Times Foreign Policy Adviser

Michele Bachmann, who earlier this summer joined Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio last week that she is now advising Trump on foreign affairs:

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Watch: Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Uses Radio Show to Organize Trump 'Poll-Watchers'

AlterNet Editor's Note: If you haven't heard of the InfoWars podcast, that's because you don't live in the paranoid, right-wing universe in which every terrorist attack is deemed a "false-flag" scheme; where lizard-people may be running the world and anything that doesn't go the way of its denizens is due to the nefarious undertakings of their perceived enemies. But just because you haven't heard of it—or because its host, Alex Jones, seems a bit off the wall—doesn't mean you should discount its importance on the American political landscape. Jones is a bona fide messenger for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, who has appeared on the show. During the Republican National Convention, Jones co-hosted a pro-Trump rally with Trump adviser Roger Stone that previewed the convention's anti-Hillary messaging. And InfoWars, according to Quantcast, had a viewing audience of some 7.5 million global unique visitors over the course of the last month. So when Jones calls his listeners and viewers to action, he has a significant pool of paranoids to work from. 

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Trump Keeps Pushing Absurd Conspiracy Theories About Obama and ISIS

In recent days, Donald Trump has taken to calling President Obama the “founder” of ISIS, repeating the line at campaign rallies and interviews, including one with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt where he insisted that he wasn’t speaking figuratively. Trump has also claimed that ISIS terrorists “honor Obama.”

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Donald Trump to Address Extremist Anti-LGBT Summit in Orlando

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to attend a radical anti-LGBT event in being held in Orlando this week exactly two months after the Pulse nightclub shooting, according to news reports from Jenna Browder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News.

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Five Right-Wing Predictions About Marriage Equality That Still Haven't Come True

Sunday marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, which, if Religious Right activists were to be believed, was to usher in a horrible tyranny that would lead to mass deaths and war.

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The 7 Most Ridiculous Defenses of Donald Trump's Racist Attacks

While Donald Trump is trying to walk back his racist attacks on a federal judge by insisting that he never attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s ethnicity or heritage when, in fact, he did several times (a familiar pattern with Trump), his GOP defenders are straining credulity to defend him.

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58 Donald Trump Conspiracy Theories (and Counting!): The Definitive Trump Conspiracy Guide

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump not only surrounds himself with conspiracy theorists, he has spent years pushing conspiracy theories himself, much to the delight of his supporters.

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The 10 Craziest Right-Wing Attacks on Beyoncé

Following the release of Beyoncé’s new album “Lemonade,” far-right commentators went on the attack. For years, the singer has drawn the ire of conservatives from Mike Huckabee to Alex Jones, who have responded to her music with bizarre conspiracy theories and irrational anger.

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5 Failed Right-Wing Prophecies and Predictions of 2015

Conservative commentators are running out of time for all of their dire prophecies about President Obama to come true, including fears about the looming imposition of martial law, establishment of Obama’s private army and the assassination of conservative leaders. Right-wing pundits also seemed to have missed with their prophecies about financial collapse, natural disasters and widespread unrest coming in 2015.

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Trump Panders to the Christian Right's Persecution Complex

On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, the extremist Religious Right leader who has been rallying conservative activists around Ted Cruz, on Perkins’ radio program “Washington Watch.”

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Trump Campaign's Latest Anti-Immigrant Screed: Round Up And Deport or 'Self-Deport'

Typically when a Republican politician who opposes immigration reform is asked what he or she would do with the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., they usually give a non-answer or avoid the question altogether.

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GOP Presidential Candidates Will Appear Alongside Disgraced Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo

Frank Gaffney, a birther, anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, is hosting a “National Security Action Summit” this weekend in New Hampshire, where conference organizers say he will be joined by GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and George Pataki.

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Ben Carson Set to Join Pastor at Iowa Conference Who Wants Gays Put to Death

Later this year, far-right Colorado radio host and homeschooling activist Kevin Swanson will be attempting to expand his national profile by organizing a “National Religious Liberties Conference” in Des Moines, Iowa.

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10 Most Insane Calamities Right-Wingers Predict Will Result from Gay Marriage

The right-wing response to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision has been, quite literally, apocalyptic.

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5 Bobby Jindal Moments That Prove His 'Stupid Party' Bona Fides

It is almost sad to watch Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, struggling at 0 percent in presidential polls, embrace the “dumbed-down conservatism” and “stupid party” mantras that he once vociferously denounced. Jindal, who today made his presidential bid official today, has by now emerged as a “stupid party” standard-bearer:

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Rand Paul's Cruelty and Delusion on Display: U.S. Shouldn't Accept Iraqi Refugees Because 'We Won The War'

The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq sparked a massive refugee crisis as millions fled their homes, and the U.S. has been widely criticized for failing to resettle refugees, including those who fled after being violently threatened and targeted for working with the U.S. government.

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Beware Lesbian Abortion Cookies! 3 Outrageous Right-Wing Attacks on the Girl Scouts

While Girl Scouts across the country spent this past weekend selling and distributing Girl Scout cookies, many right-wing activists will not be joining the rest of us in enjoying Thin Mints and Samoas.

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Neo-Confederate Group Celebrates Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln

As we reported earlier today, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has close personal and financial ties with Michael Peroutka, the neo-Confederate activist and theocrat who has helped develop the view, espoused by Moore in recent interviews and statements, that states must defy federal court rulings in favor of marriage equality since they are in violation of divine law.

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Texas Public School Teaching Kids That Jews Practice 'Flawed Religion' and that Blacks Are 'Descended from Ham'

report put out by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund reveals that in some Texas public schools, classes on the Bible's impact on history are being taught from a right-wing, fundamentalist Christian standpoint.

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