Listen to newly unearthed 2012 recordings of Tea Party candidate Greg Brannon sounding like a 9/11 truther

The Rand Paul-endorsed GOP senate candidate was saying as recently as 2012 that questions about 9/11 remained

Published April 21, 2014 3:25PM (EDT)

    (Screen shot, NCTeaPartyTV)
(Screen shot, NCTeaPartyTV)

If Dr. Greg Brannon manages to win the North Carolina GOP senate primary — a possibility that remains significant, if not yet likely — he will immediately become one of the most prominent politicians in the country to have expressed any solidarity whatsoever with the 9/11 truth movement, according to a new report from Mother Jones.

For its article, MoJo dug up some 2012 audio recordings of Brannon on a local North Carolina right-wing radio show, done before Brannon was running for office, back when he spent his political time as the leader of Founder's Truth, a Tea Party group. During his appearance, Brannon took a call from a self-professed 9/11 truther — and rather than dismiss the caller as mistake or a crank, said, "[T]hings like this have to be asked."

Later on during the same show, another caller pushed Brannon to explain his Tea Party group's website's many links to conspiracy theory websites. Asked directly by the caller if he believed 9/11 to be an "inside job," Brannon demurred, saying "I just want more investigations." Brannon then cited 9/11 commission vice-chair Lee Hamilton's claim that the group still had unanswered questions (mainly about the degree of government unpreparedness for the attack) to imply that his skepticism over 9/11 being a "false flag" was within the mainstream.

"I want everything exposed," Brannon said. He then noted that his website also linked to Karl Marx, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Charles Darwin — "a lot of things I don't agree with" — simply because he wanted "everything open and read."

You can listen to the Rand Paul-endorsed Brannon's comments to the self-proclaimed truther here:

And his defense of linking to 9/11 conspiracy sites here:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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