“Fox & Friends” host Rachel Campos-Duffy had her tinfoil hat on extra tight Sunday morning as she laid out a bizarre conspiracy theory about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his purchase of farmland in the United States.
During discussion of climate change protests outside the home of White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain this weekend, Campos-Duffy went off on a completely unhinged rant that started with her remarking:
“You know, when you raise the cost of fuel it raises the cost of food and everything else. I’m concerned that it is more… that we’re going to see consequences that are even beyond that, that affect our food supply, because when you enact this climate emergency, this now puts regulations on small farmers and they can’t handle all of these regulations.”
“And what ends up happening is, it put as financial strain on them. Suddenly the big conglomerates and businesses, or even these predator oligarchs like Bill Gates come in, and they go, oh, we’ll just buy up that land because you can’t be profitable as a farmer anymore.
“And now all of the sudden they can control the food supply, and if you control the food supply in a country you control the population. And you just have to look over to the Netherlands to know this isn’t some conspiracy.”
And and and…then the flying monkeys appear in the sky and you know that you’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy, because Kansas is owned by Bill Gates now and he wants to starve Toto and the Tin Man to death!
Actually, Campos-Duffy concluded her wildly fantastical verbal diarrhea by saying:
So is Bill Gates buying up American farmland at a worrisome rate? Not according to Snopes, which debunked that lie not long ago. In fact, he now owns less than 0.3% of all the farmland in this country. There are dairy farmers that own two or three times that amount. There are also so-called “corporate farmers” who own so much farmland that we should indeed be concerned, but the Windows Man ain’t one of them.
Gates has explained the reason for his purchase of farmland:
“The agriculture sector is important. With more productive seeds we can avoid deforestation and help Africa deal with the climate difficulty they already face. It is unclear how cheap biofuels can be but if they are cheap it can solve the aviation and truck emissions.”
See, Bill Gates gives a damn about the environment and starvation in places such as Africa. The rest of us should, too, but sometimes distance makes it easy to overlook need.
Bill Gates is a bad person to Rachel Campos-Duffy and others on the right because he wants to solve problems and help everyone on the planet, not just the Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trumps of the world.
If anyone’s a threat, it’s Campos-Duffy, who has SEVEN children and is making the world a hungrier place every damn time she sits that horde down for a meal.
h/t Crooks & Liars