By David Futrelle
We don’t know much about Mark Anthony Conditt, the man allegedly responsible for a string of bombings in the Austin area that killed two African-Americans, injured numerous others, and terrorized a city. But what we do know is certainly suggestive: Conditt, who seemed to have been targeting prominent African-Americans, was a conservative homeschooled Christian who blogged about his opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage and sex offender registries.
So naturally more than a few on the right have decided that Conditt must have been some sort of AntiFa supersoldier.
This is a picture from his student ID at Austin Community College. Either way probably Antifa or Bernie Sanders supporter, one not excluding the other. https://t.co/YjsfwJakqY pic.twitter.com/7GrG1crYpJ
— Niteangel (@I_am_Niteangel) March 21, 2018
BREAKING NEWS… The Texas Bomber was a Democrat / Leftist /Liberal "ANTIFA" supporter….
The serial bomber who terrorized Austin identified; left ‘treasure trove’ of info before blowing… https://t.co/kK1JDLL8uV
— Cynthia Johnson (@CynthiaDustin) March 21, 2018
If the bomber in Austin Texas was a Donald Trump voter it would have been all over the news by now what do you want to bet he's an antifa member or Bernie bro or he's a Hillary Clinton voter?
— Oligarch Kabuki ? (@HouseCracka) March 21, 2018
Mark Anthony Conditt.
-How much info on this guy did the FBI take in and then mismanage?
-Is he a
1. Bernie Bro?
2. Antifa Anarchist?
3. Recent convert to a well-known peaceful religion?
If he was a 'Right Winger' then CNN would have a 30-member panel on 24/7 until November
— Preps Up (@marklindesr) March 21, 2018
ANTIFA members are vicious. And they don't use guns.
So the Austin bomber was a member of ANTIFA. Surprised?
— @CountryJazz4 (@CountryJazz4) March 21, 2018
While the “Rex Tillerson” in the above tweet isn’t the real Rex Tillerson, those pushing this particular conspiracy theory aren’t all anonymous nobodies. The Trump Train twitter account has more than 200,000 followers; General Deplorable has more than 60,000. @DrJaneRuby is a self-described “American Health Economist, New Right Journalist, TV Host” who is working with alt lite conspiracy theorist/former Bumble user Jack Posobiec and others to organize a right-wing networking conference in DC later this year.
Speaking of conspiracy theorists, one ingenious Twitterer managed to blame a prominent Parkland survivor-turned gun control advocate for somehow inspiring the bombings … by talking about package delivery services.
While some cried “antifa,” other right-wing conspiracy theorists thought they saw the hand of some nefarious “deep state” cabal at work.
Mark Conditt was a pawn in the oligarchy’s game to create a media smokescreen for the federal authorities who failed in #Florida, Americans should know that Deep State agents loyal to Andy McCabe were involved in sending those packages just as they let proles die in Parkland #USA
— PRC SC Princeling (@PRCSCPrinceling) March 21, 2018
Here Igou Again IMHO: The Austin bomber fits the bill as another Mk Ultra killer in that his father's next-door neighbor said the young Conditt was friendly and quiet, and he never got the sense that anything was amiss…. https://t.co/QRAY7bVR9p
— RedneckUpdate.com (@RickHisself) March 21, 2018
On Infowars’ Facebook page the commenters mixed and matched comspiracy theories with wild abandon:
Even before the suspect’s name was announced, some glommed onto comments made on Reddit by someone claiming to be the bomber as “proof” of some sneaky conspiracy that could not possibly involve anyone with right-wing leanings.
Alex Jones’ Infowars pushed this angle hard, with Infowars TV host David Knight relying on the Reddit postings to suggest that the bomber was an AntiFa “nihilist.”
— David Knight Show LIVE 9am EST, M-F (@libertytarian) March 21, 2018
While Knight presented his theories in the form of questions, his colleague Paul Joseph Watson treated the unverified Reddit postings as Revealed Truth, declaring that they proved the bombings were “not political.”
Austin Bomber Said Attacks Not Political: Left Screams “White Terrorism” Anyway https://t.co/rq70ZSE2xW
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 21, 2018
Meanwhile, some cited the Reddit posts as proof that Alex Jones — whose alternate reality “news” empire is based in Austin — was the bomber’s real target.
Mark Anthony Conditt allegedly said on Redditt under a fake name that he was sending a bomb to a radio host in Austin. That means he was out to kill Alex Jones. Doesn't sound like a Trump supporter.
— Dave's Spirit (@dave_spirit2001) March 21, 2018
He tried to kill Alex Jones.
He was a leftist Antifa, just like many other domestic terrorists in the US. https://t.co/RfSpZtVkaj
— Poke Badger (@poke_badger) March 21, 2018
It would all be a lot funnier if this weren’t how an increasing number of Americans get their “news.” From Donald Trump to Alex Jones and down all the way to @MKWPatriot, the right in America has chosen to live in an alternate reality of their own making. And the rest of us have to deal with the consequences.