The death of right-wing conspiracy theorist Philip Haney has, predictably, resulted in unfounded conspiracy theories about how he died.
The local sheriff’s office initially said Haney died of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” They have since revised the statement by saying they have not determined a cause of death.
Still, a Republican member of Congress is alleging, without any evidence, that it was murder.
Phil Haney was a friend & patriot. He was a target because of all he knew of Islamic terrorist coverups. He insured his life by archiving data that incriminated the highest levels of the Obama administration. Phil Haney didn’t kill himself. RIP, Phil. https://t.co/pvy7MflFwc
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 23, 2020
Rep. Steve King, of course, is known for spreading and believing lies. That’s in addition to his anti-Islamic views, a bond he shared with Haney.
Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security official who launched a second career as a right-wing anti-Islam activist after leaving DHS in 2015, claimed in 2018 that he had been on a “special assignment” in Minnesota to stop Rep. Keith Ellison from being elected Minnesota’s Attorney General.
Haney was also likely a source behind Glenn Beck’s infamous claim that one of the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was actually involved in planning and carrying out the attack.
Speaking of which, Glenn Beck is also joining the rumor train:
whistleblower Philip Haney found dead of single self inflicted gunshot.
THIS IS A LIE. I KNOW HIM –
THERE IS – N O. W A Y – HE KILLED HIMSELF. I WILL BELIEVE EPSTEIN WAS KILLED BY A TEAM OF CUTOUT PAPER DOLLS BEFORE THIS. Tomorrow Radio #blazetv https://t.co/Mo7adFA1ty
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) February 24, 2020
These rumors are almost like karma, in a sense: make up unfounded stories about others, and who’s to say the same won’t happen to you in the event of your own demise? Until an official report comes out, the speculation from people who don’t have any physical evidence to support their claims is not helping.