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Wayne Allyn Root is a conservative American author, radio host and conspiracy theorist. He is the host of The Wayne Allyn Root Show on the USA Radio Network and Newsmax TV.[1] Root is an opinion columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.[2]

Wayne Allyn Root
WayneAllynRoot Head.jpg
Root in 2005
Born (1961-07-20) July 20, 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceHenderson, Nevada, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationRadio talk show host, author, political and social commentator
EmployerKBET (2016–present)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (2016–present)
Notable credit(s)
King of Vegas (2006)
TelevisionFinancial News Network (1989–1991)
Newsmax TV (2017–present)
Political partyRepublican (2003–2007 and 2012–present)
Libertarian (2007–2012)
MovementConservative and Libertarian
Spouse(s)Victoria Creg-Payne (divorced 1989)
Debra Parks
(m. 1995; div. 2018)
Children4 (with Parks)
Websiterootforamerica.com

Root was the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party in the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, he left the Libertarian Party and re-joined the Republican Party.

Early life and educationEdit

Root attended the Thornton-Donovan School in New Rochelle, N.Y.,[3] and was a member of the class of 1983 at Columbia University, studying pre-law and political science.

In June 2016, Root described himself as a "Jew turned Evangelical Christian".[4] As of November 2016, Root described himself as Jewish, and says he considers Donald Trump to be the first Jewish president, in the same sense that Bill Clinton was often called the "first black president".[5]

CareerEdit

Root worked for WNBC radio (now WFAN) in the early 1980s. From 1989 through the early 1990s, he worked on the Financial News Network (now CNBC).

Root was founder and chairman of Winning Edge International Inc.[6] In the 2000s, he hosted Wayne Allyn Root's Winning Edge, a television show which promoted Root's sports handicapping operation.

Root co-hosted King of Vegas on Spike TV. He produced Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel.[7]

PoliticsEdit

Root had been a longtime Republican Party member and supporter who self-identified as a Libertarian Republican. He ran for a seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 1983. In 2007, Root ended his association with the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party.[8] Root's book outlining his libertarian views, The Conscience of a Libertarian, was published in 2009.[8]

2008 presidential campaignEdit

On May 4, 2007, Root declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's 2008 presidential nomination. On May 25, 2008, Root advanced to the fifth ballot of the Libertarian Party presidential nomination vote at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention before being eliminated and endorsing Bob Barr, who became the party's presidential nomination. Root then became the Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, securing the nod in the third round of voting for that nomination.[9]

Though in the same graduating class as Barack Obama at Columbia University, Root has stated on a number of occasions that he has no recollection of having met or seen Obama at Columbia.[10][3] He has "stopped short" of actually claiming that Obama did not attend Columbia.[11]

In 2010, Root ran for the position of chair of the Libertarian National Committee of the Libertarian Party. He was defeated by Mark Hinkle by a vote of 228–281 in the third round. He subsequently succeeded in being elected to the Libertarian National Committee as an at-large member.[12] At the 2012 Libertarian National Convention, Root again was elected to the Libertarian National Committee as an At-Large Member, despite being seen by some LP members as being part of the "top-down faction."[13] The party's 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson endorsed Root.[14]

Return to the Republican PartyEdit

In September 2012, Root resigned all Libertarian Party positions, re-joined the Republican Party and endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.[15][16] He predicted Romney would win the election against incumbent President Barack Obama, citing, among other factors, that the "Enthusiasm Factor" for Romney was "huge".[17]

Root had announced that he intended to run as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Nevada in 2016, for the seat held by retiring Democratic Senator Harry Reid.[16][18] However, he did not run. He supported Republican nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.[19]

Root was the opening speaker for Trump's rally in Las Vegas in late October 2016 during the presidential campaign. At the rally, Root, suggested that he wished ill upon Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, hoping they met the same ending as Thelma and Louise.[20] The lead characters in the film take their own lives by driving off a cliff. In his speech, Root said "Trump warriors" armed with "pitchforks, jack hammers and blow torches" would violently take over Washington D.C.: "We're coming to tear it down. We're coming to rip it up. We're coming to kick your ass. And we're coming to put you in prison", he said referring to a fantasy he had about Clinton and Abedin. Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, later told CNN that Root's "conduct is completely unacceptable and does not reflect our campaign or our candidate".[21]

In August 2019, Root praised President Trump. Following Trump's assertion that Jews voting for the Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty", a comment which was rejected by his critics who said he was following an antisemitic canard, Root countered the claim.[22] In his tweets, the president quoted Root saying: "Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world...and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God." Trump thanked Root for "the very nice words".[23]

Promotion of conspiracy theories and baseless claimsEdit

Root is known for spreading conspiracy theories[20][24][25] and false information.[26]

Root was a leading proponent of the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.[27] At one point[when?], he falsely claimed that Obama was not a student at Columbia University;[24] in a 2012 interview with Sean Hannity, he said he believed Obama was a "foreign exchange student" there.[25] He has repeatedly described Obama as a "Marxist, anti-American, anti-Israel, globalist, middle class-hating, Muslim sympathizer".[25] In 2017, he claimed that Obama was gay, called him "Bathhouse Barry" and said that he had info from Obama's "friends in Chicago" about his "sordid past".[25] In 2014, he described Obama as a "Manchurian candidate", possibly hired by the Bilderberg Group to destroy the United States and "kill all of us".[25]

He promoted conspiracy theories around the murder of Seth Rich, and at various times suggested that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile, Bill Clinton, Eric Schneiderman and John Podesta were involved in the murder.[25]

During the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, Root falsely claimed that blaming white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. for killing Heather Heyer was "such B.S. Probably paid actors & infiltrators hired by Soros. No conservative I’ve ever met commits violence. EVER."[25]

On the night of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, in which 58 people were murdered, Root tweeted: "Clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack." Police later determined only one shooter was involved.[28][29][26]

Root argued that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is motivated by "penis envy", because "Mueller’s is smaller than Trump’s."[25]

BibliographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Wayne Allyn Root Show". Newsmax Broadcasting Inc. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Wayne Allyn Root". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Vinciguerra, Thomas (October 5, 2008). "The Life of the 3rd Party". The New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  4. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (June 24, 2016). "A Message For Christians About Donald Trump". TownHall.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (November 20, 2016). "Trump is headed to the White House. Did we just elect our first Jewish president?". Fox News.
  6. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (2009). The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts. John Wiley and Sons. p. 352. ISBN 978-0-470-45265-3.
  7. ^ Elfman, Doug (November 10, 2013). "Root's next show on Mormon wives". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "My Libertarian Awakening". Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "Presidential and VP Vote Totals". Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  10. ^ McCullagh, Declan (November 6, 2009). "Did Barack Obama Actually Attend Columbia?". CBSNews.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Obama at Columbia University - FactCheck.org". factcheck.org. February 16, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "Root falters in bid to grab top Libertarian post". Las Vegas Review-Journal. May 31, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  13. ^ Quinn, Garret (May 6, 2012). Reason Starchild Is Here http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/06/oh-hey-starchild Starchild Is Here Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Quinn, Garrett (May 6, 2012). "Gary Johnson: The LNC Chair Race is Exciting! Interesting!". Reason.
  15. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (September 17, 2014). "Why This Ex-Libertarian is Voting Mitt Romney". Townhall.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  16. ^ a b Quinn, Garrett (September 14, 2012). "An Exit Interview With Wayne Allyn Root". Reason Online. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  17. ^ Allyn Root, Wayne (October 12, 2012). "Las Vegas Oddsmaker Explains Why He Predicts Romney Landslide". Townhall.com.
  18. ^ Starr, Aaron. "Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party leadership, will seek US Senate seat". Independent Political Report. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  19. ^ Leach, Robin (May 26, 2016). "It's Bernie Sanders vs. L.V.'s Wayne Allyn Root on 'Real Time With Bill Maher'". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  20. ^ a b McCausland, Phil (October 30, 2016). "Wayne Allyn Root Opens Trump Rally in Vegas with Warning of 'Trump Revolution'". NBC News. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  21. ^ O'Malley, Nick (October 31, 2016). "'Attack, attack': Wayne Root fantasises about Hillary Clinton dying, calls for pitchforks and blow torches". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  22. ^ "'Like the King of Israel': Trump Unleashes Bizarre Twitter Storm Day After 'Disloyal' Jews Comment". Haaretz. August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  23. ^ Wagner, John (August 21, 2019). "Trump quotes conspiracy theorist claiming Israelis 'love him like he is the second coming of God'". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  24. ^ a b Segers, Grace (September 20, 2018). "Trump holds campaign rally in Las Vegas amid concerns over SCOTUS pick". CBS News. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h Kirell, Andrew (September 20, 2018). "Trump's Vegas Rally Opener Is a Conspiracy Theorist Who Thinks the Vegas Shooter Was ISIS". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  26. ^ a b Maegan Vazquez (August 21, 2019). "Trump thanks conspiracy theorist for defending his comments about Jewish Democrats". CNN.
  27. ^ "Debunking hoaxes, fake news about the Las Vegas massacre". PolitiFact. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  28. ^ "Here Are All The Hoaxes Being Spread About The Las Vegas Shooting". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  29. ^ Sophie Lewis (August 21, 2019). "Trump tweets quote calling him the "second coming of God" to Jews in Israel". CBS News.

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