A Republican state representative in New Hampshire posted a video by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Facebook last week suggesting the Boston marathon bombing was a “false flag” operation carried out by the US government.
Rep. Stella Temblay (R), a member of the state’s 400-person House of Representatives, posted the video on Glenn Beck’s Facebook page on April 19 with an accompanying message:
Just as you said would happen. Top Down, Bottom UP. The Boston Marathon was a Black Ops “terrorist” attack. One suspect killed, the other one will be too before they even have a chance to speak. Drones and now “terrorist” attacks by our own Government. Sad day, but a “wake up” to all of us. First there was a “suspect” then there wasnt. Infowars broke the story and they knew they had been “found out”
Reached by phone, Temblay told the local Foster’s Daily Democrat that she had suspicions of some kind of plot involving Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi nationals, and “black ops” soldiers at the scene of the marathon. Several of these elements have popped up both in Jones’ work and various Internet fever swamps since the bombing.
Officials told the Washington Post on Tuesday that Djokhar Tsarnaev confessed to carrying out the attacks in tandem with his brother, telling authorities they were upset with American foreign policy towards the Middle East.
Temblay has a history of spreading conspiracy theories. Last year she e-mailed out a video claiming President Obama was not a citizen, according to the Huffington Post, promptiong a Democratic colleague to label her “an embarassment to us as a chamber.”
The state’s Democratic Party condemned her latest episode on Tuesday.
“[E]ven for the New Hampshire Republican Party, which has become synonymous with the Tea Party and radical extremism, Representative Tremblay’s claims are a new low,” New Hampshire Democratic Party Communication Director Harrell Kirstein said in a statement. “She is an embarrassment to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, to her constituents, and to the entire State of New Hampshire.”
Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled Ms. Tremblay’s last name. TPM regrets the error.