Greg Brannon, a former doctor, current Tea Party candidate, and one-time recipient of a coveted endorsement from Sen. Rand Paul, has already been revealed to be rather out there, shall we say, in his views. But a new scoop from BuzzFeed shows that Brannon's paranoia, fondness for conspiracy theories and general loopiness is even more all-consuming than was previously believed.
Today, Brannon is within striking distance of winning the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate. But back in 2012, Brannon, while speaking on local radio in North Carolina, had different, scarier things on his mind.
Referencing a non-binding U.N. sustainable development plan that's long been a bugaboo of the conspiracy-addled political fringe, Brannon railed against Agenda 21, Obamacare, the National Defense Authorization Act and the global conspiracy to make him sick through vaccinations.
"This scam of Agenda 21, this scam of humans are poisoning the earth, is a scam," Brannon explained. "They are using that to control you, to control me, to control life."
"That's why Obamacare, Agenda 21, NDAA, all these things are the collective over the individual," Brannon continued. "The spirit of 1776 must be rebirthed," he argued, "because we are living in the Orwellian 1984."
While Brannon's focus was on the big picture, the worldwide conspiracies that threaten us all, the one-time doctor also spent a bit of the interview explaining why he's a big vaccination skeptic.
"I remember vividly," he began, "I was a resident-in-training and I got my flu vaccine like I always did ... three weeks later, I had a high fever ... bottom-line, I was bleeding blood, and I got a kidney disease I still have today." Brannon said he no longer gets a flu vaccine every year.
"I can't say what I have came from that," Brannon went on, "there's a lot of correlation that does in a lot of the literature I've done."
[h/t Talking Points Memo]