Right-Wing Crackpot 'Historian' Barton Exposed by Peter Montgomery and Lawrence O'Donnell

Peter Montgomery, author of the original AlterNet investigation, "Tea Party Jesus: Koch's Americans For Prosperity Sidles Up to Religious Right for 2012 Campaign," appeared last night on "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" to discuss his new report on David Barton, the favorite revisionist historian of the religious right and the Tea Party movement. (VIDEO BELOW) Montgomery penned the report, Barton's Bunk, for People for the American Way, where he is a senior fellow.

As Montgomery documented in his AlterNet piece, Barton's false history about the role of religion in America's founding, and the theological contortions he makes to assert a biblical mandate for the destruction of government, are finding their way into the rhetoric of the Republican Party's best-known potential presidential candidates, including Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee.

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MSNBC / By AlterNet Staff

Posted at April 19, 2011, 2:52am

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