The “spirit cooking” conspiracy theory emerged during the 2016 campaign, and like most anti-Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories, it lived and died within the bowels of the far-right blogosphere. Unsurprisingly, it’s still alive in the brain of TruNews host Rick Wiles.
On the Wednesday edition of his TruNews TV show, Wiles mentioned that Hillary Clinton is looking much better these days than she did when she was on the 2016 campaign trail.
“Physically, she’s looking much better,” Wiles said to his co-hosts. “She must be drinking a lot of blood. … I mean, because she’s definitely getting transfusions because she’s stronger.”
Wiles went to say that Clinton was “definitely pretty weak back there in 2016.”
“That woman was falling apart. Obviously, they’ve been taking her to a lot of spirit cooking events, and she’s been revived.”
Rick Wiles notes that physically, Hillary Clinton is "looking much better. She must be drinking a lot of blood." pic.twitter.com/OF9XKHbg4F
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 3, 2019
As New York Magazine pointed out back in 2016, Wiles’ sinister interpretation of “spirit cooking” first debuted on InfoWars, which referred to it as “a sacrament in the religion of Thelema” founded by Aleister Crowley. In reality, spirit cooking was conceived by world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic, and it “included absurdist recipes featuring such ingredients as ‘fingertips of the artist’ and ‘a ruby that has been soaking for three days.'”
When Wikileaks dumped a series of hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, an email from Abramovic to Podesta’s lobbyist brother, Tony, was stumbled upon by some impressionable individual.
“Dear Tony,” the email read. “I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. “Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining?”
The message was a playful reference to Abramovic’s art, but don’t tell that to conspiracy theorists.
Pretty stupid, huh? This is the reality Rick Wiles lives in.
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