Kelli Ward, who is currently running for John McCain’s Senate seat, has a history of strange ideas. During her time in the Arizona Senate, Ward convened hearings on what she believed to be chem trails over her district, supported Cliven Bundy in his fight against the federal government, and was the only legislator to oppose giving $63 million to the Department of Child Safety.
While Ward’s history in office is marked by these odd decisions, allying herself with ultra-right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is perhaps the most extreme move she has made yet. Jones is the radio host who warned Taylor Swift against supporting Diet Coke, calling the drink a byproduct of the Pentagon’s attempt to engineer e-coli. He also claimed that all atheists are actually Satanists, that the government is creating gay people, and that the Air Force creates tornados.
Ward joined Jones on his show and the two inevitably claimed that Ward should fear for her life due to her attempt at McCain’s position. When Jones told Ward to watch her back around McCain, she replied:
I’ve had people who have told me that I should get an auto starter on my car, that I should never be starting my own car. I really hope things haven’t gotten that far out of control that I should be fearful for my life. But we are very cautious and I always have people around me who are providing security, which is great. It makes me feel very confident and comfortable whenever I go out to speak to the people.
Ward’s nosedive into conspiracy seems to have no end point and, while she might make good national news for the tabloids, she certainly doesn’t seem to make for a good representative for the people of Arizona.