Wayne Allyn Root Biography
Wayne Allyn Root (born July 20, 1961) is an American conservative author, radio host and conspiracy theorist. He is the host of The Wayne Allyn Root Show on the USA Radio Network and Newsmax TV. The root is an opinion columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Root was the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party in the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, he left the Libertarian Party and rejoined the Republican Party.
“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
Wayne Allyn Root Quick Bio
|Born||July 20, 1961|
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Henderson, Nevada, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Occupation||Radio talk show host, author, political and social commentator|
Las Vegas Review-Journal(2016–present)
|King of Vegas (2006)|
|Television||Financial News Network(1989–1991)|
Newsmax TV (2017–present)
|Political party||Republican (2003–2007 and 2012–present)|
|Movement||Conservative and Libertarian|
|Spouse(s)||Victoria Creg-Payne (divorced 1989)|
(m. 1995; div. 2018)
|Children||4 (with Parks)|
Wayne Allyn Root Early life and education
Root was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1961. Root attended the Thornton-Donovan School in New Rochelle, N.Y., and was a member of the class of 1983 at Columbia University, studying pre-law and political science.
Wayne Allyn Root is a well-known conspiracy theorist who says Obama is a secret gay Muslim; the killer of Heather Heyer was paid by Soros; the Las Vegas shooting was done by Muslims; and Robert Mueller was motivated by ‘penis envy’.
He just got thanked & cited by the president. https://t.co/QQ7a9EmZYn
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 21, 2019
Wayne Allyn Root Jewish
In June 2016, Root described himself as a “Jew turned Evangelical Christian”. As of November 2016, Root described himself as Jewish and says he considers Donald Trump to be the first Jewish president, in the same sense that Bill Clinton was often called the first black president.
Wayne Allyn Root Career
Root worked for WNBC radio (now WFAN) in the early 1980s. From 1989 through the early 1990s, he worked on the Financial News Network (now CNBC).
Root was founder and chairman of Winning Edge International Inc. In the 2000s, he hosted Wayne Allyn Root’s Winning Edge, a television show which promoted Root’s sports handicapping operation.
Root co-hosted King of Vegas on Spike TV. He produced Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel.
Wayne Allyn Root Politics
Root had been a longtime Republican Party member and supporter who self-identified as a Libertarian Republican. He ran for a seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 1983. In 2007, Root ended his association with the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party. Root’s book outlining his libertarian views, The Conscience of a Libertarian, was published in 2009.
Wayne Allyn Root Conspiracy theories
Wayne Allyn Root has promoted conspiracy theories including that Las Vegas shooter had ISIS ties, Charlottesville was a false flag, Seth Rich was murdered (by any number of Democrats) and birtherism.https://t.co/xM0W4BPUDK https://t.co/wYJG2gPwBY
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 21, 2019
He is known for spreading conspiracy theories.
Root was a leading proponent of the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. At one point, Root falsely claimed that Obama was not a student at Columbia University; at another point, in an interview with Sean Hannity, Root said that he believed that Obama was a “foreign exchange student” at Columbia. Root has described Obama as a “Marxist, anti-American, anti-Israel, globalist, middle class-hating, Muslim sympathizer”. He also claimed that Obama was gay, called him “Bathhouse Barry” and said that he had info from Obama’s “friends in Chicago” about Obama’s “sordid past”. He has described Obama as a “Manchurian candidate”, possibly hired by the Bilderberg Group to destroy the United States and “kill all of us”.
He promoted conspiracy theories around the murder of Seth Rich, and at various times suggested that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile, Bill Clinton, Eric Schneiderman and John Podesta were involved in the murder.
During the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, Root falsely claimed that the white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. who killed Heather Heyer was “such B.S. Probably paid actors & infiltrators hired by Soros. No conservative I’ve ever met commits violence. EVER.”
Root tweeted in the aftermath of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting: “This is a real thing. Clearly Coordinated Muslim Terror attack. PRAY for our Vegas police. PRAY for victims. VERY bad. Awful.” It was later confirmed that the shooter was 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada, resident Stephen Paddock. Root then defended his original claim by tweeting: “Terrible day. Liberal fools criticizing me 4 reporting what I hear DIRECT from police & credible news sources. I report it as I hear it.”
Root argued that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is motivated by “penis envy”, because “Mueller’s is smaller than Trump’s.”
Wayne Allyn Root Donald Trump
Trump begins his speech to veterans by repeating, for more than the 85th time as president, his false claim that he got the Veterans Choice program passed after more than 44 years of failure. Obama signed it into law in 2014. “We got it, so congratulations,” Trump said to cheers.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 21, 2019
President Donald Trump repeated his claim that it was ‘disloyal’ for American Jews to vote for Democrats – saying voting for the opposition party was ‘very, very’ disloyal to Israel and to Jews.
Trump was asked repeatedly about his Tuesday statement after an outcry from Jewish groups after saying Jewish voters were being ‘disloyal’ by voting for Democrats. He cited members of the ‘squad,’ and two freshmen Democrats who didn’t go to Israel after being barred by the Israeli government.
On Wednesday at the White House, Trump blasted squad members again and answered who he was saying Jewish voters – who by a wide margin tend to vote Democratic – were being disloyal to.
‘If you vote for a Democrat, you’re very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people,’ he said.
Trump then rattled off policy positions on Israel that have been backed by the government of ally Benjamin Netanyahu but are not necessarily backed by all American Jews.
‘No president has ever done anywhere close to what I’ve done, between Golan Heights, Jerusalem, Iran,’ Trump said. His administration moved the official capital to Jerusalem, scrapped the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, and recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- President Donald Trump quoted conservative radio host Wayne Allen Root, who has backed numerous conspiracy theories
- On Tuesday Trump said Jews who vote for Democrats either have a total lack of knowledge or are ‘disloyal,’ prompting furious pushback from Jewish groups
- Trump quoted Root saying he was the ‘greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world’
- He said Jews ‘love him like he is the second coming of God’ – which is a reference to the return of Jesus Christ
- Root says Trump is good for ‘all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone’
- Root backed the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and another about the murder of a DNC staffer