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  Republican party withdraws support for Fawell over conspiracy theories
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News DateWednesday, August 8, 2018 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionROCK ISLAND — Republican party officials are withdrawing support for 17th Congressional District candidate Bill Fawell after reviewing alleged conspiracy theories posted by Fawell on social media.

Fawell, 64, will face U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, in the November general election.

State Republican party chairman Tim Schneider, Rock Island County Republican party central committee chair Drue Mielke, and Republican state central committeeman for the 17th Congressional District, Jan Weber, removed their support of Fawell on Tuesday.

All three officials cite posts on Fawell’s campaign Facebook page, Elect Fawell, in which Fawell appears to support 9/11 conspiracy theories, and called some mass shootings “false flag” events.

A false flag is an event in which some believe the government or another group orchestrated a tragic event in order to elicit outrage from the public and provides an excuse for war or some other aggressive reaction.

Fawell said Tuesday that the goal of his Elect Fawell Facebook page is to get people to read information from alternate news sources.

“What I try to do is put in posts from bloggers that are not mainstream,” Fawell said. “I call it the daily lie of omission. It might be something off the beaten path that is not being reported by mainstream media.”
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