The regime of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya received a boost from a special guest over the weekend, in its television propaganda against the country’s rebels and the NATO force opposing the government: Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.
The station is fiercely loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and her interview was spliced with what appeared to be rallies in support of the embattled Libyan leader.
“I want to say categorically and very clearly that these policies of war … are not what the people of the United States stand for and it’s not what African-Americans stand for,” she told state TV.
The former Georgia representative also slammed the economic policies of U.S. President Barack Obama and said the government of the United States no longer represents the interests of the American people.
McKinney was first elected to the House in 1992, after previously serving in the state legislature. A decade later, she was defeated in her 2002 Democratic primary by Denise Majette, after she had made public remarks aligning herself with the nascent conspiracy theorists who would come to be known as the 9/11 Truthers — questioning whether the Bush administration knew about the 9/11 attacks beforehand, and allowed them to happen in order to benefit key business interests.
She then regained her seat in 2004, when Majette ran unsuccessfully for Senate. But she lost it again in 2006 to Democrat Hank Johnson, who still holds the seat, who was able to win in an upset after an incident occurred in which McKinney was accused of punching a Capitol Hill police officer.
In 2008, she switched to the Green Party, becoming its presidential nominee, receiving only about 160,000 votes and just over 0.1% of the national popular vote. (Former 2000 Green Party nominee Ralph Nader, running as an independent, received almost 740,000 votes, for under 0.6% of the vote.)