President Donald Trump has nominated Leandro Rizzuto Jr. to be US Ambassador to Barbados and several other Caribbean countries, including Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
And as one would probably expect, Rizzuto is as much a “stable genius” as the man who nominated him.
According to reports, Rizzuto is a big believer in several conspiracy theories. Most of his beliefs have been spread via Twitter, particularly during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.
Rizzuto has spoken out in support of the consipiracy theory that Huma Abedin, the long-time aide of Hillary Clinton, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has also tweeted his belief that Heidi Cruz, wife of Ted Cruz, was a member of a group who was trying to combine the governments of the US, Mexico, and Canada.
Rizzuto’s claims have drawn some commentary from lawmakers. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse released a statement via a spokesperson, saying, “Mr. Rizzuto should feel free to put on his tinfoil hat and visit our office with evidence for his salacious conspiracy theories and cuckoo allegations…While he’s at it, the Senate probably needs to know his views on the moon landing. I’m sure Senator Sasse will be willing to evaluate the specific evidence for his claims — but it’s got to be more than a stack of National Enquirers…People who want to serve Americans as our diplomats and spokespeople abroad should know that words and truth matter, even during campaigns. Cynics and nuts are probably going to have a hard time securing Senate confirmation.”
Questioning authority is a good thing. But creating alternative narratives and spreading unfounded claims is not something Americans want from a possible ambassador.