On top, Kobe Bryant speaks to the media at a press conference before his #8 and #24 jerseys are retired by the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Below, Former President of the United States Bill Clinton with his wife, Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Stage during “An Evening With The Clintons” at Beacon Theatre on April 11, 2019 in New York City.
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A conspiracy theorist pushed an evidence-free claim that late NBA legend Kobe Bryant surfaced on Twitter—and people were absolutely horrified by his disconnection from reality and the insensitivity to Bryant’s family.
Bishop Larry Gaiters - who has appeared on QAnon-aligned podcasts - spoke to Meri Crouleyabout his thoughts on the connection between the Clintons and Bryant.
“He was scheduled to go into witness protection, according to my contacts within the federal government, because he was about ready to expose the Clintons,” Bishop Gaiters began.
“Kobe Bryant was invited by the Aspen Institute out of Colorado December of 2013 to take part [in] the January 2014 Clinton Global Initiative,” he added.
Bishop Gaiters said that Kobe Bryant spoke in New York City in January 2014 and was a part of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Haiti fund.
He also alleged that “millions of dollars” needed for the Haitians to recover from the earthquake was “stolen” by the Clintons, whom he called “the Bonnie and Clyde couple.”
Gaiters went on to further state that Bryant was going to expose this.
“They did not [ay him his full honorarium that they promised that they would pay him when he spoke here in New York City in January 2013 for the Clinton Global Initiative,” he continued.
Naturally, people in the comments were appalled by Bishop Gaiters' claims.
“It is frightening that this level of disconnect from reality gets out there in the name of “religious commentary” when the substance of their arguments make “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World” look like a 4-hour documentary on the history of toothpicks,” someone wrote.
“This is pure insane bulls***with NO proof! An asshole can make his/her mouth say ANYTHING, and that’s what this is: a moron spewing pure bull simply because he was given the opportunity! Guess he also believes that Trump will be reinstated on 8/13/2021!” another added.
The clip was highlighted by Right Wing Watch.
Check out some other responses to the baseless and offensive claims below.
I don't even know what to say anymore. https://t.co/yBUmhCfagB
According to PolitiFact, which debunked numerous Hillary Clinton claims, a Jan. 26 Facebook post that followed a blueprint of misinformation showed what appeared to look like a screenshot of Kobe Bryant tweeting with the time and date that read: 9:30 am Jan 26, 2020.
The alleged tweet supposedly said: “I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.”
The helicopter that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people died due to the plane crash happened before 10 am in Calabasas, California.
Ultimately, the tweet was flagged under Facebook’s misinformation efforts to prevent fake news because Bryant didn’t even tweet on January 26.
In January 2013, Bryant tweeted a picture of himself with former President Bill Clinton.
“Great event with President Clinton and @KVBFF for renovation of Step Up on Vine!” Bryant wrote.