GOP candidate claims he ‘didn’t know’ he posted a conspiracy theory on Facebook

Carl Paladino, a Republican congressional candidate in Buffalo, New York, backtracked on his claim that he did not post a conspiracy theory related to the Buffalo mass shooting on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

He did it, the candidate said, he “just didn’t remember” doing it.

Paladino, a New York co-chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, announced last week that he was competing in New York’s 23rd Congressional District race.

The seat will be released after GOP representative Chris Jacobs, who said he would support an assault rifle ban after last month’s mass shootings, withdrew from a reelection campaign over backlash over his gun control stance.

Earlier this week, Media Matters reported that Paladino, a resident of Buffalo, shared a “false flag” conspiracy theory on his Facebook.

The conspiracy theory, the website shared, claimed that the May 24 mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers, and one May 14 at a market in Buffalo, which killed 10 people, was a way for Democrats to “Revoke the 2nd Amendment and take away the guns,” alleging that the 18-year-old accused of the Uvalde massacre had received “hypnosis training” through the federal government.

Paladino said after an earlier statement that he did not know how to post to Facebook and that the post “wasn’t” his, that he had written the post, The Buffalo News reported.

“I just didn’t remember having published it; I couldn’t remember,” Paladino said.

The candidate also said he had “scanned” the article he posted, which he claimed to have received from his friend, and said material he receives online “sometimes… conflicts” with the way he thinks. , according to The Buffalo News.

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