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News Monday, Jul 18 2016

The Conspiracy Theorist-Endorsed Pills To Pay The Bills: RNC Speaker's Sketchy Supplements Echo Trump Network "Multivitamins"

Jul 18, 2016

Guess who scored a “primetime” speaking slot on Wednesday at the RNC?

Hats off, if you guessed Michelle Van Etten, a “multi-level marketer who peddles pseudoscience”-grounded supplements endorsed by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars.

This isn’t the first time Donald Trump’s been connected to a pseudo-pyramid-scheme-marketed supplement with dubious real benefits. The Trump Network sold “a multivitamin, tailored for customers based on a urine test” that “cost $139.95, plus $69.95 a month for the vitamins, plus $99.95 for additional testing every six months.” A lofty price-point, considering “experts” believed it to be “of questionable value,” according to the Washington Post.

And this isn’t Trump’s only connection with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones — a sketchy supplement salesman in his own right — either. Jones is a vocal supporter of the Republican nominee-to-be and Trump’s been a guest on his show on several occasions. Trump has even appeared to consider Jones’s broadcasts to be a legitimate news source — which is concerning given Trump’s said, “All I know is what’s on the Internet.”

Leave your sketchy supplements at home, folks, you’ll be feeling plenty “crazed” without them this week in Cleveland.

Read more from The Daily Beast.

Published: Jul 18, 2016

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