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Press Releases David Clarke Thursday, Jun 15 2023

David Clarke: Khashoggi Was “Not A Journalist” And Possibly A Terrorist

Jun 15, 2023

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

Key Points:

  • “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

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