Notorious conspiracy theorist and alt-right personality Mike Cernovich has stated his belief that Jeremy Christian, the man who killed two passengers in the Portland train stabbings, was a "left-wing operative." Cernovich late claimed to have further information that the attack was actually a "PSYOP," short for "psychological operation," implying that the attack was a conspiracy.
In an appearance on "The Alex Jones Show" on Wednesday, Cernovich said that the murderer in Portland was attempting to "frame" President Trump's supporters to "make them look evil." Though Cernovich said that he considers Christian a terrorist and condemned his actions he said he believes that the "liberal media" was attempting to frame Trump supporters in the wake of the attack.
Christian's political views cannot be described as consistent. Christian, 35, did express on his Facebook page that he supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., perhaps because of Sanders' frequent anti-establishment rhetoric, something Christian often preached on social media, as reported by BuzzFeed. Yet Christian has many other views that do not align at all with those of the Vermont Senator or his supporters. Christian has made posts on social media that express Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, including one where he mimicked a Nazi salute. In another post, Christian called Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh a "true patriot."
In the back of a police car after his arrest, Christian said, "I stabbed the two (expletives) in the neck and I'm happy now," according to CNN. Audio and video devices in the car also captured him saying "That's what liberalism gets you." A remorseless Christian added, "I hope they all die. I'm gonna say that on the stand. I'm a patriot, and I hope everyone I stabbed died."
Flipping through Christian's Facebook page makes it clear that his political views often completely contradict themselves, which some suggest is a strong indication of extremism. As Shane Burley, author of the forthcoming book "Fascism Today," told Oregon Live, "ideological contradictions are pretty normal with white nationalists."
Despite the clear absurdity in assigning any political ideology to the Portland shooter, Cernovich and Jones seemed content to do so to score points against their ideological rivals.