According to a new report from Heartland Signal, 2024 Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Clarke spent the weekend arguing that deceased Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “not a journalist” and possibly a terrorist.
Clarke — who is the most popular likely candidate in the Republican primary — was discussing the merger of the PGA and LIV golf when he said, “everyone should just stop with the self-righteousness about blood money and this [Jamal] Khashoggi.”
Heartland Signal: Likely Wisconsin Senate Candidate David Clarke Falsely Claims Jamal Khashoggi Was a Terrorist, Not a Journalist
By Richard Eberwein | June 15, 2023
“Probable Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate David Clarke went on a rant during an appearance on “The Godzilla Wins Picks Show” earlier this month, where he falsely asserted that deceased journalist Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist.”
“While discussing the merger between the Pro Golf Association (PGA) and the LIV Golf organization, the latter of which is funded by the Saudi Arabian government, Clarke took a hard pivot to comment on the death of Khashoggi.”
“‘Everyone should just stop with the self-righteousness about blood money and this [Jamal] Khashoggi,’ Clarke said. ‘And first, I wish people would stop calling Khashoggi a journalist. He was not a journalist. He would write guest op-eds for the Washington Post, and that’s it.’”
“Khashoggi was in fact a reporter for several news outlets in Saudi Arabia, working for several news outlets in the Middle East including Al-Watan and Al-Arab News Channel before joining the Washington Post in 2017 as a guest columnist.”
“‘As a matter of fact, there’s information that Khashoggi was playing both sides. Both the terrorist side and the American side.’”
“Clarke also went on to defend the Saudi Arabian government and suggest they should buy a National Football League (NFL) team in the future. He also said PGA golfers that criticized LIV Golf were ‘virtue signaling’ against a longtime U.S. ally.”
“Although he hasn’t officially announced his intention to run, Clarke lead by a wide margin in a recent poll of the Republican Senate primary in Wisconsin. U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher was believed to be a major contender in the race, but he announced Friday that he would not enter shortly after the poll was released.”
Read the full report.
Published: Jun 15, 2023
Last Modified: Feb 7, 2024