Wayne Allyn Root
Wayne Allyn Root
Wayne Allyn Root
July 20, 1961
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Occupation||Radio talk show host, author, political and social commentator|
Breitbart News (2011–present)
Citizens Journal (2013–present)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (2016–2020)
USA Radio Network (2017–present)
The Gateway Pundit (2017–present)
Creators Syndicate (2019–present)
Las Vegas Tribune (2020)
|Fox Business (2009)|
Fox News (2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016–2017)
Ghost Adventures (2008–2013, 2015–2016 and 2018–2019)
King of Vegas (2006)
Las Vegas Law (2016)
Ora TV and RT America (2014–2017)
|Television||Financial News Network (1989–1991)|
Newsmax TV (2017–2020)
|Political party||Republican (2003–2007 and 2012–present)|
|Movement||Conservative and libertarian|
(m. 1986; div. 1990)
(m. 1991; div. 2017)
|Partner(s)||Cindy Parker (2017–present)|
|Children||4 (with Parks)|
Wayne Allyn Root (born July 20, 1961) is an American conservative radio host, author, activist, far-right political commentator and conspiracy theorist. He is the host of The Wayne Allyn Root Show on KBET and the USA Radio Network and formerly on Newsmax TV. Root was an opinion columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Root was the vice presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party in the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, he left the Libertarian Party, rejoined the Republican Party, and endorsed and voted for Mitt Romney and Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. He later expressed regret for his support of Romney, but has remained a staunch supporter and close friend and confidant of Trump.
Root is the CEO of the publicly traded company VegasWinners.com, (WNRS symbol) who recently partnered with the MGM Hotel's BetMGM.
Early life and education
In June 2016, Root described himself as a "Jew turned Evangelical Christian". As of November 2016, Root described himself as Jewish, and says he considers Donald Trump to be the first Jewish president, in the same sense that Bill Clinton was often called the "first black president".
Root was founder and chairman of Winning Edge International Inc. In the 2000s, he hosted Wayne Allyn Root's Winning Edge, a television show which promoted Root's sports handicapping operation.
Root was a board member of Wealth Masters International ("WMI"), a now-defunct global financial services and education company based in Houston, Texas. In 2010 Norwegian authorities suspended WMI's sales, finding it to be an illegal pyramid scheme. Root was named in the finding.
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Root had been a longtime Republican Party member and supporter who self-identified as a Libertarian Republican. He ran for a seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 1983. In 2007, Root ended his association with the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party. Root's book outlining his libertarian views, The Conscience of a Libertarian, was published in 2009.
2008 presidential campaign
On May 4, 2007, Root declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's 2008 presidential nomination. On May 25, 2008, Root advanced to the fifth ballot of the Libertarian Party presidential nomination vote at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention before being eliminated and endorsing Bob Barr, who became the party's presidential nominee. Root then became the Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, securing the nod in the third round of voting for that nomination.
Though in the same graduating class as Barack Obama at Columbia University, Root has stated on a number of occasions that he has no recollection of having met or seen Obama at Columbia. He has "stopped short" of actually claiming that Obama did not attend Columbia.
In 2010, Root ran for the position of chair of the Libertarian National Committee of the Libertarian Party. He was defeated by Mark Hinkle by a vote of 228–281 in the third round. He subsequently succeeded in being elected to the Libertarian National Committee as an at-large member. At the 2012 Libertarian National Convention, Root again was elected to the Libertarian National Committee as an At-Large Member, despite being seen by some LP members as being part of the "top-down faction." The party's 2012 presidential candidate and former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson endorsed Root.
Return to the Republican Party
In September 2012, Root resigned all Libertarian Party positions, re-joined the Republican Party and endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. He predicted Romney would win the election against incumbent president Barack Obama, citing, among other factors, that the "Enthusiasm Factor" for Romney was "huge".
Root had announced that he intended to run as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Nevada in 2016, for the seat held by retiring Democratic Senator Harry Reid. However, he did not run. He supported and voted for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and 2020 presidential election.
Root was the opening speaker for Trump's rally in Las Vegas in late October 2016 during the presidential campaign. At the rally, Root, suggested that he wished ill upon Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, hoping they met the same ending as Thelma & Louise. The lead characters in the film take their own lives by driving off a cliff. In his speech, Root said "Trump warriors" armed with "pitchforks, jack hammers and blow torches" would violently take over Washington D.C.: "We're coming to tear it down. We're coming to rip it up. We're coming to kick your ass. And we're coming to put you in prison", he said referring to a fantasy he had about Clinton and Abedin. Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, later told CNN that Root's "conduct is completely unacceptable and does not reflect our campaign or our candidate".
In August 2019, Root praised President Trump. Following Trump's assertion that Jews voting for the Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty", a comment which was rejected by his critics who said he was following an antisemitic canard, Root countered the claim. Root said that "Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world...and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he's the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God." Later, President Donald Trump thanked Root on Twitter for "the very nice words" and shared what was said about him.
In October 2019, while speaking at a pro-Trump conference in Miami, Florida at the Trump National Doral Miami, Root reportedly boasted about a time in his childhood when, as one of the few white students at a predominantly black high school, he knocked one classmate unconscious and shattered another kid's teeth. "My buddies and I were high-fiving and laughing," Root reportedly said during his speech. "Man, it was funny." He reportedly went on to say that "you've got to be a natural-born killer" to win in politics.
Criticism and controversies
Promotion of conspiracy theories and falsehoods
Root was a leading proponent of the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Root falsely claimed that Obama was not a student at Columbia University. He later stated in a 2012 interview with Sean Hannity that he believed Obama was a "foreign exchange student" there. He has repeatedly described Obama as a "Marxist, anti-American, anti-Israel, globalist, middle class-hating, Muslim sympathizer". In 2017, he claimed that Obama was gay, called him "Bathhouse Barry" and said that he had info from Obama's "friends in Chicago" about his "sordid past". In 2014, he described Obama as a "Manchurian candidate", possibly hired by the Bilderberg Group to destroy the United States and "kill all of us".
Root promoted conspiracy theories around the murder of Seth Rich, and at various times suggested that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile, Bill Clinton, Eric Schneiderman and John Podesta were involved in the murder.
During the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, Root falsely claimed that blaming white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. for killing Heather Heyer was "such B.S. Probably paid actors & infiltrators hired by Soros. No conservative I've ever met commits violence. EVER."
On the night of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, in which 58 people were shot and killed by Stephen Paddock (including himself) and 2 of them shot by Paddock later died of their injuries in 2019 and 2020 respectively, Root tweeted: "Clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack." Police later determined only one shooter—a non-religious American—was involved.
On March 19–21, 2020New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered Root to stop advertising My Doctor Suggests, LLC on KBET and USA Radio Network citing violations of state laws on deceptive acts and practices., Chief Health Care Bureau Lisa Landau and
On April 29, 2020, Gordon Pedersen of My Doctor Suggests LLC and GP Silver LLC was ordered by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump administration to permanently stop advertising and selling all of these products out there. A hearing on the government's request for a preliminary injunction was set for May 12, 2020. The products were discontinued and the website was permanently shut down as a result.
- Betting to Win on Sports (as Wayne Alan Root, with Wilbur Cross). Bantam. 1989. ISBN 978-0-553-34789-0.
- The Joy of Failure!: How to Turn Failure, Rejection, and Pain into Extraordinary Success. Summit Publishing Group. 1997. ISBN 978-1-56530-206-8.
- The Zen of Gambling: The Ultimate Guide to Risking It All and Winning at Life (with Paul Pease). Tarcher. 2004. ISBN 978-1-58542-402-3.
- Millionaire Republican. Tarcher. 2005. ISBN 978-1-58542-512-9.
- The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling: How to Win Big at Poker, Casino Gambling & Life!The Zen of Gambling updated. Tarcher. 2006. ISBN 978-1-58542-529-7.
- The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts. Wiley. 2009. ISBN 978-0-470-45265-3.
- The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide: How to Survive, Thrive, and Prosper During Obamageddon. Regnery Publishing. 2013. ISBN 978-1621570912.
- The Murder of the Middle Class. Regnery Publishing. 2014. ISBN 978-1621572213.
- Angry White Male – How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America—and What We Can All Do to Save the Middle Class. Skyhorse Publishing. August 2016. ISBN 978-1510718425.
- "Wayne Allyn Root". Retrieved March 22, 2020.
- "Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon's Wayne Allyn Root". Mount Vernon Daily Voice. July 20, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
- McCausland, Phil (October 30, 2016). "Wayne Allyn Root Opens Trump Rally in Vegas with Warning of 'Trump Revolution'". NBC News. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
- Segers, Grace (September 20, 2018). "Trump holds campaign rally in Las Vegas amid concerns over SCOTUS pick". CBS News. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- "New York AG calls on Trump ally to "cease and desist from making misleading claims" regarding coronavirus and silver product". Media Matters for America.
- Root, Wayne Allyn. "Wayne Allyn Root". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- "WNRS Signs Deal with BetMGM for Sportsbook Betting in MGM Resorts Nationwide and Online".
- Vinciguerra, Thomas (October 5, 2008). "The Life of the 3rd Party". The New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
- Root, Wayne Allyn (June 24, 2016). "A Message For Christians About Donald Trump". TownHall.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
- Root, Wayne Allyn (November 20, 2016). "Trump is headed to the White House. Did we just elect our first Jewish president?". Fox News.
- Root, Wayne Allyn (2009). The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts. John Wiley and Sons. p. 352. ISBN 978-0-470-45265-3.
- Elfman, Doug (November 10, 2013). "Root's next show on Mormon wives". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- Wealth Masters International Endorsed by Wayne, Allyn Root, Wealth Masters International Testimonials YouTube video, posted August 20, 2010.
- Wealth Masters International – Vedtak med pålegg om stans av salg i Norge i henhold til pyramidebestemmelsen i lotteriloven § 16 Lotteri- og Stiftelsestilsynet. Retrieved 2011-10-14 (Resolution to cease sales in Norway according to the pyramid definition of the gaming law § 16. Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Board.)English translation.
- "My Libertarian Awakening". Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- "Presidential and VP Vote Totals". Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
- McCullagh, Declan (November 6, 2009). "Did Barack Obama Actually Attend Columbia?". CBSNews.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- "Obama at Columbia University". factcheck.org. February 16, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
- "Root falters in bid to grab top Libertarian post". Las Vegas Review-Journal. May 31, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
- Quinn, Garrett (6 May 2012). "Starchild Is Here". reason.com. Reason. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
With the defeat of what he calls the "top-down faction" (Alicia Mattson, Aaron Starr, Wayne Allyn Root, Bill Redpath, Mark Rutherford, and others) though, he found hope for the future of the party.
- Quinn, Garrett (May 6, 2012). "Gary Johnson: The LNC Chair Race is Exciting! Interesting!". Reason.
- Root, Wayne Allyn (September 17, 2014). "Why This Ex-Libertarian is Voting Mitt Romney". Townhall.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
- Quinn, Garrett (September 14, 2012). "An Exit Interview With Wayne Allyn Root". Reason Online. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- Allyn Root, Wayne (October 12, 2012). "Las Vegas Oddsmaker Explains Why He Predicts Romney Landslide". Townhall.com.
- Starr, Aaron. "Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party leadership, will seek US Senate seat". Independent Political Report. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- Leach, Robin (May 26, 2016). "It's Bernie Sanders vs. L.V.'s Wayne Allyn Root on 'Real Time With Bill Maher'". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
- O'Malley, Nick (October 31, 2016). "'Attack, attack': Wayne Root fantasises about Hillary Clinton dying, calls for pitchforks and blow torches". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
- "'Like the King of Israel': Trump Unleashes Bizarre Twitter Storm Day After 'Disloyal' Jews Comment". Haaretz. August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
- Wagner, John (August 21, 2019). "Trump quotes conspiracy theorist claiming Israelis 'love him like he is the second coming of God'". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
- Donald J. Trump [@realDonaldTrump] (August 21, 2019). ""Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. "President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world...and the Jewish people in Israel love him..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 16, 2020 – via Twitter.
- O'Donnell, Tim (October 16, 2019). "Pastor at Pro-Trump conference: 'We've come to declare war'". Yahoo! News. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
- Kirell, Andrew (September 20, 2018). "Trump's Vegas Rally Opener Is a Conspiracy Theorist Who Thinks the Vegas Shooter Was ISIS". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- Vazquez, Maegan (August 21, 2019). "Trump thanks conspiracy theorist for defending his comments about Jewish Democrats". CNN.
- "Debunking hoaxes, fake news about the Las Vegas massacre". PolitiFact. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- Broderick, Ryan. "Here Are All The Hoaxes Being Spread About The Las Vegas Shooting". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
- Lewis, Sophie (August 21, 2019). "Trump tweets quote calling him the "second coming of God" to Jews in Israel". CBS News.
- Fordham, Evie (February 7, 2021). "Twitter permanently suspends Gateway Pundit founder, radio host Wayne Allyn Root". Fox News. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
- "Attorney General James Orders TV Host to Stop Marketing Bogus Coronavirus Treatments" (Press release). Attorney General of New York. March 21, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- "Re: CEASE and DESIST NOTIFICATION" (PDF). Attorney General of New York. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
- "Court Orders Halt to Sale of Silver Product Fraudulently Touted as COVID-19 Cure" (Press release). United States Department of Justice. April 29, 2020. Retrieved May 6, 2020.