A recently installed Republican National Committee official for the state of Colorado has a history of spreading conspiracies and making sexist and Islamophobic comments.
Randy Corporon, a Denver-based attorney, is a radio host and Tea Party activist. After being elected in April as an RNC committeeman, he started his term August 24 as one of three officials representing the state in the body that governs the RNC. In addition to his job at the RNC, he also is a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Each state and territory has three members of the Republican National Committee: a state chairperson, and two committee members. The 168 members serve as a board of directors for the RNC, electing the chairperson and setting bylines and rules that govern the committee. They also work to represent the party in their different states and territories.
This week, Corporon was in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Washington, DC, for the convention, posting pictures from RNC meetings and speeches.
Corporon sent a lengthy email in response to a request for comment criticizing CNN and demanding that the entire response be published or nothing at all. He did not address the substance of any of his past commentary prior to publication of this story Friday, but subsequently on his Saturday radio show, Corporon criticized CNN again and discussed some of the comments at length, such as the birtherism conspiracies and comments on women, saying he stood by those comments “a hundred percent so far.” The RNC declined to comment.
CNN’s KFile reviewed his social media posts and hours of Corporon’s radio show and found he repeatedly spread far-right conspiracies on a wide range of topics.
On his radio show, Corporon falsely claimed former President Bill Clinton had an illegitimate son and that Chelsea Clinton wasn’t his biological daughter in 2019. He spread the conspiracy that Barack Obama’s birth certificate wasn’t born in Hawaii and his real father wasn’t Barack Obama Sr. He also asserted Obama had a fake Black accent and falsely suggested he was a Muslim.
He also repeatedly shared conspiracies on social media.
He spread the racist birther conspiracy theory about Obama’s birth certificate and dared the President to admit “he’s from Kenya.” He falsely claimed that Obama made a sexually explicit gesture at reporters on his campaign plane, and he falsely pushed a conspiracy that former CIA director John Brennan was a “closet Muslim.”
In other posts, Corporon shared a fake news story the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 that killed one woman was “a complete set up” days after the rally took place. And he pushed the debunked “Clinton Body Count” conspiracy that alleges the Clintons ordered the assassinations of close associates and