Slayer’s Tom Araya Shares Debunked Russian Conspiracy Theory Involving Hillary Clinton
Slayer’s Tom Araya and his wife, Sandra, have continued brandishing their image as old, out-of-touch conservatives as Tom sunsets into retired life.
The Arayas have been the subjects of a number of headlines linking them to far-right wing viewpoints and groups over the years, upsetting a number of Slayer fans and rational thinkers alike. Now the bassist/vocalist finds himself at the center of another political controversy, this time after sharing a supposed Russian intelligence assessment that alleges Hillary Clinton devised a plan to tie President Donald Trump to Russian hacking during the 2016 election. Because some folks are still stuck on Hillary Clinton.
The theory, which was rejected by both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee as having no factual basis, alleged that Clinton personally approved an effort “to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians’ hacking of the Democratic National Committee” in a new letter written by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassifying the information.
Araya shared a copy of Ratcliffe’s letter with the following caption: “This is interesting has anyone heard about this?!”
“This is Russian disinformation. Laundered by the Director Of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” wrote Rachel Cohen, spokeswoman for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chaairman Mark Warner (D-Va.), of the information in Ratcliffe’s letter.
Earlier this month, Araya shared a manipulated video that appeared to show Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sleeping during a live television interview; the original footage was shot nine years ago with Harry Belafonte.
In 2017, Araya posted a photoshopped image of Donald Trump with Slayer on the band’s Instagram account, and then alleged a conspiracy theory over its eventual deletion. He called those who objected to the photo “snowflakes” and “crybabies,” echoing the language of the alt right.
Tom’s wife, Sandra, has been regularly sharing racist, pro-police, pro-Trump, conspiracy theory memes on her Instagram account. She is a self-professed supporter of the fringe conspiracy group QAnon.
As if you needed any more proof in 2020 that God does, in fact, hate us all.