Katrina Pierson, the national spokesperson for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has been receiving a lot of media attention lately. Not only did her eye catching statement piece, a necklace made entirely out of bullets, cause a minor stir when she wore it during an appearance on CNN, but she’s now coming under fire for entirely different reasons.
Pierson is facing scrutiny for falsely claiming unemployment benefits and propagating the “Agenda 21” conspiracy theory.
According to the National Journal, Pierson got over $10,000 in benefits between 2012 and 2013. This was while she was doing volunteer work for Sen. Ted Cruz’s Texas campaign. However, according to Texas law, anyone who receives unemployment should be looking for paid work while they get these benefits.
In addition to her questionable fashion decisions and being a real life ‘welfare queen’ (one of conservative America’s favorite semi-fictional punching bags), Pierson has traveled the nation teaching people about the evils of “Agenda 21” –a popular conservative conspiracy theory which claims that a non-binding plan approved by United Nations officials in 1992 was really a dark and twisted vehicle for the organization to gain total control of the U.S.
The Texas Observer reported in 2014 that Pierson led classes for Waco Tea Party Members warning them about “Agenda 21.” According to Pierson, she has also led discussions in Arizona, Kansas, Washington D.C., and a number of other states:
“[When] you realize that you’ve been lied to your whole life, it’s an eye-opening experience.”
Pierson is known for flip-flopping. Two months after singing the praises of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to fellow Tea Party supporters, she turned against him for supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) bid for the GOP nomination. She complained on Twitter that he lost all credibility, but in October sent out an email trying to get people to help her “draft” Gowdy to become House Speaker. This was despite Gowdy not being interested in the position at all. A spokesperson for Gowdy responded to her email.
“These outside groups use members’ names, not just his, without their knowledge and mislead people to think they support or are connected to a group when they are not.”
Pierson joined Trump’s campaign only two weeks after that response email was sent.
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