Trump Fed Pick Herman Cain used email to spread anti-vaxxer medical conspiracy theories

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Former presidential candidate Herman Cain. Screen capture by MSNBC via YouTube video

Herman Cain is President Donald Trump’s choice for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, and he has a number of curious ways of handling money, Media Matters for America (MMFA) reports.

He has, for instance, taken money to promote a newsletter published by an anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorist. He’s also sent some pretty iffy emails. One such email claimed that the government was forcing people to take “7 deadly drugs.” Another claimed that the late Nancy Reagan’s “desperate fight to cure Alzheimer’s disease” may be “over.”

In 2013 and 2015, Cain sent sponsored emails plugging “quack” Dr. Russell Blaylock, an avowed anti-vaccination nut who’s appeared numerous times on Alex Jones’ Infowars program. The emails were an advertising campaign to encourage readers to subscribe to The Blaylock Wellness Report, published by a conservative website.

And through this website, Newsmax, Blaylock spreads dangerous misinformation about vaccines.

Some of Cain’s emails came with a disclosure notice that stated:

“The sender of this email may receive compensation for the advertising contained in this message. Any products or services offered by sponsors or advertisers have not been evaluated by Herman Cain and as such no warranty or claims are made.”

But Cain’s scurrilous emails weren’t just limited to preying on people’s health fears, MMFA’s Eric Hananoki reports.

“Media Matters has documented that Cain sent scammy financial emails to his mailing list, including ones that touted virtually-worthless penny stocks and dubious financial advice like a ‘weird trick’ that supposedly ‘adds up to $1,000 a month to Social Security checks’ and a ‘money-making strategy’ that could ‘turn $1,000 into $800,000.'”

If you received any emails from Cain, they quite likely wound up in your spam folder. That’s the guy Trump wants on the Federal Reserve Board, where the nation’s banking problems are handled when there’s a crisis. The board that handles your money when things go haywire.

As if that weren’t enough, Cain also recently founded a pro-Trump PAC with right-winger Floyd Brown, a birther conspiracy theorist, and producer of the racist advertisement below that destroyed Democrat Michael Dukakis’s presidential hopes in 1988.

And Cain and Brown’s PAC recently vilified the 12 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s emergency border declaration by calling them “traitors.”

It’s not just that Cain’s financial connections are questionable. This is a man whose bid for the presidency unraveled in 2011 when several women came forward to allege he committed sexual misconduct.

He profits by deceiving people. That may be one thing he has in common with Trump.

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