I'm sure the people who smell murderous conspiracies when a Clinton cousin twice removed turns up dead of old age won't find anything to see here in the story of a fake-news writer dying while Trump and Russia and Facebook are under the microscope regarding the 2016 election ...
Paul Horner was known for deliberately writing false stories, including pieces that claimed Barack Obama is a radical Muslim and that the protests happening at Trump rallies were the result of widespread pay-offs.
Now, he's deader than Hillary's political aspirations.
Horner was found dead at his home in Arizona September 18. The official story is he had a prescription drug dependency, and authorities are going with that theory since an autopsy revealed no foul play.
In an interview with The Washington Post in 2016, Horner said he thought Trump won the White House because of him. Horner said Trump's supporters didn't fact-check his stories before posting them.
J.J., Horner's brother, said Paul considered his work satire and explained that his brother's unique eye for hoaxes and hypocrisy at a young age later worked as clickbait in the internet world.
“So I think that was a lot of the genius behind a lot of his work was pushing ideas that either people wanted to believe or thought was possible,” J.J. said.
Casey said toxicology reports from the medical examiner's office are still pending. The case will remain open until those results are known and a cause of death is finalized.
J.J. Horner said they grew up in Minnesota before moving to Arizona as teenagers. He said his brother was drawing and making political cartoons at a very young age and took an interest in politics.
Horner said while his brother was pigeonholed as a Trump supporter after a member of the Trump family shared one of his stories, he was always transparent about his views and it was obvious that he wasn't.
“I think he just wanted people to just think for themselves and be credible for their actions,” J.J. Horner said. “Read more; get more involved instead of just blindly sharing things.”
And I think both you and your brother are/were dumb as a box of rocks, and your dead brother helped to bury America.