Wayne Allyn Root

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Wayne Allyn Root
WayneAllynRoot Head.jpg
Root in 2005
Born (1961-07-20) July 20, 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceHenderson, Nevada, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationRadio talk show host, author, political and social commentator
EmployerKBET (2016–present)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (2016–present)
Notable credit(s)
King of Vegas (2006)
TelevisionFinancial News Network (1989–1991)
Newsmax TV (2017–present)
Political partyRepublican (2003–2007 and 2012–present)
Libertarian (2007–2012)
MovementConservative and Libertarian
Spouse(s)Victoria Creg-Payne (divorced 1989)
Debra Parks
(m. 1995; div. 2018)
Children4 (with Parks)

Wayne Allyn Root (born July 20, 1961) is an American conservative author and radio host. He is the host of The Wayne Allyn Root Show on the USA Radio Network and Newsmax TV.[1] Root is an opinion columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.[2]

Root was the Vice Presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party in the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, he left the Libertarian Party and re-joined the Republican Party.

Root is known for promoting conspiracy theories.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Root was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1961.[6] Root attended the Thornton-Donovan School in New Rochelle, N.Y.,[7] and was a member of the class of 1983 at Columbia University, studying pre-law and political science.

In June 2016, Root described himself as a "Jew turned Evangelical Christian".[8] 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.[9]


Root worked for WNBC radio (now WFAN) in the early 1980s. From 1989 through the early 1990s, he worked on the Financial News Network (now CNBC).

Root was founder and chairman of Winning Edge International Inc.[10] In the 2000s, he hosted Wayne Allyn Root's Winning Edge, a television show which promoted Root's sports handicapping operation.

Root co-hosted King of Vegas on Spike TV. He produced Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel.[11]


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.[12] He wrote a book on his libertarian views, The Conscience of a Libertarian, which was published in 2009.[12]

2008 presidential campaign[edit]

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 went on to the party's presidential nomination. Root then became the Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, securing the nod in the third round of voting for that nomination.[13]

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.[14][7] He has "stopped short" of actually claiming that Obama did not attend Columbia.[15]

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.[16] 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."[17] The party's 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson endorsed Root.[18]

Return to the Republican Party[edit]

In September 2012, Root resigned all Libertarian Party positions, re-joined the Republican Party and endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.[19][20] He predicted Romney would win the election against incumbent President Barack Obama, citing, among other factors, that the "Enthusiasm Factor" for Romney was "huge".[21]

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.[20][22] However, he did not run. He supported Republican nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.[23]

Root was opening speaker for Donald Trump's kick-off rally in Las Vegas during the 2016 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 and Louise.[3]

Conspiracy theories[edit]

Root is known for spreading conspiracy theories.[3][4][5]

Root was a leading proponent of the false conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.[24] At one point, Root falsely claimed that Obama was not a student at Columbia University;[4] at another point, in an interview with Sean Hannity, Root said that he believed that Obama was a "foreign exchange student" at Columbia.[5] Root has described Obama as a "Marxist, anti-American, anti-Israel, globalist, middle class-hating, Muslim sympathizer".[5] He also claimed that Obama was gay, called him "Bathhouse Barry" and said that he had info from Obama's "friends in Chicago" about Obama's "sordid past".[5] He has described Obama as a "Manchurian candidate", possibly hired by the Bilderberg Group to destroy the United States and "kill all of us".[5]

He promoted murder of Seth Rich conspiracy theories and various times suggested that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile, Bill Clinton, Eric Schneiderman and John Podesta were involved in the murder.[5]

During the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, Root falsely claimed that the white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. who killed Heather Heyer was "such B.S. Probably paid actors & infiltrators hired by Soros. No conservative I’ve ever met commits violence. EVER."[5]

Root tweeted in the aftermath of the 2017 attack in Las Vegas "This is a real thing. Clearly Coordinated Muslim Terror attack. PRAY for our Vegas police. PRAY for victims. VERY bad. Awful."[25] It was later confirmed that the shooter was 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada, resident Stephen Paddock.[26] Root then defended his original claim by tweeting "Terrible day. Liberal fools criticizing me 4 reporting what I hear DIRECT from police & credible news sources. I report it as I hear it."[27]

Root argued that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is motivated by "penis envy", because "Mueller’s is smaller than Trump’s."[5]



  1. ^ "The Wayne Allyn Root Show". Newsmax Broadcasting Inc. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Wayne Allyn Root". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c McCausland, Phil (October 30, 2016). "Wayne Allyn Root Opens Trump Rally in Vegas with Warning of 'Trump Revolution'". NBCNews.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Trump holds campaign rally in Las Vegas amid concerns over SCOTUS pick". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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.
  6. ^ "Home". RootForAmerica.com. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Vinciguerra, Thomas (October 3, 2008). Vinciguerra, Thomas (October 5, 2008). "The Life of the 3rd Party". New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  8. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (June 24, 2016). "A Message For Christians About Donald Trump". TownHall.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trump is headed to the White House. Did we just elect our first Jewish president?". November 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Wayne Allyn Root, The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts, John Wiley and Sons, 2009, p. 352, ISBN 0-470-45265-X, 9780470452653
  11. ^ Elfman, Doug (November 10, 2013). "Root's next show on Mormon wives". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "My Libertarian Awakening". Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  13. ^ "Presidential and VP Vote Totals". Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Obama at Columbia University - FactCheck.org". factcheck.org. February 16, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  16. ^ (2010-05-31) "Root falters in bid to grab top Libertarian post", Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  17. ^ Garret Quinn, Starchild Is Here, Reason magazine, May 6, 2012.
  18. ^ Garrett Quinn,Gary Johnson: The LNC Chair Race is Exciting! Interesting!, Reason magazine, May 6, 2012.
  19. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn (September 17, 2014) "Why This Ex-Libertarian is Voting Mitt Romney", Townhall.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  20. ^ a b Quinn, Garrett (September 14, 2012). "An Exit Interview With Wayne Allyn Root". Reason Online. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  21. ^ Allyn Root, Wayne (October 12, 2012). "Las Vegas Oddsmaker Explains Why He Predicts Romney Landslide". Townhall.com.
  22. ^ Starr, Aaron. "Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party leadership, will seek US Senate seat". Independent Political Report. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  23. ^ Robin Leach (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.
  24. ^ "Debunking hoaxes, fake news about the Las Vegas massacre". PolitiFact. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  25. ^ "Here Are All The Hoaxes Being Spread About The Las Vegas Shooting". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  26. ^ Sheetz, Matt Clinch, Arjun Kharpal, Michael (October 2, 2017). "Las Vegas massacre suspect Stephen Paddock committed suicide, police say". CNBC.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  27. ^ Root, Wayne Allyn. "Terrible day. Liberal fools criticizing me 4 reporting what I hear DIRECT from police & credible news sources. I report it as I hear it". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.

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Preceded by
Richard Campagna
Libertarian nominee for Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Jim Gray