“Future American President” Donald J. Trump has been joking for more than a decade that he would love to have Oprah Winfrey as his running mate.
“If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic,” Trump said in 1999, when he was considering a presidential run on the Reform Party ticket. “I mean, she’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.”
Now that Trump is—legit—the 2016 Republican front-runner, he’s got some big names lining up to be his vice-presidential candidate. It’s just that, so far, most of them happen to be 9/11 truthers.
On Thursday, Charlie Sheen tweeted out his supposed support for a Trump-Sheen ticket. (The 49-year-old actor was reacting to a recent Daily Beast interview with Owen Wilson, in which Wilson essentially dubbed Trump the Charlie Sheen of politics.) “If Trump will [have] me I’d be his VP in a heartbeat!” Sheen tweeted, with the hashtag “#TrumpSheen16.”
As Mediaite notes, it wasn’t too long ago that Sheen was calling Trump “a sad & silly homunculus,” whose “words [are] as poignant as a sack of cat farts.”
But let’s entertain this Sheen-vice-presidency notion for a quick second. OK? Charlie Sheen has been repeatedly accused of violence against women. He jumped on the anti-vaccine celebrity bandwagon. And he, like Trump, has in the past expressed support for some liberal positions, including stricter gun laws.
Sheen is also one of America’s most prominent 9/11 conspiracy theorists. He has been very upfront about this, and has no problem floating theories that George W. Bush facilitated 9/11.
Sheen isn’t the only famous 9/11 truther who seems to be drawn to what Trump 2016 is selling. Conspiracy-uber-monger Alex Jones admitted that he agrees with roughly “95% of what Donald Trump says.” Earlier this month, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura declared the real-estate mogul the best pick for the GOP.
“If Donald Trump were to ask me to be his running mate, I would give it very serious consideration because anything to break up the status quo of this country,” Ventura told CBS’s Minneapolis affiliate. “This country needs to be shaken up. It needs to be shaken to its very core, and Donald Trump is doing that.” (The two are longtime friends, and Trump appeared at a Ventura campaign event in Minneapolis in January 2000.)
Ventura is passionate about many political issues, such as prosecuting Bush administration officials for torturing detainees, but his signature issue is investigating who REALLY carried out the 9/11 attacks.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sheen’s generous offer. (Sheen’s rep hasn’t gotten back to us, either, regarding his seriousness.) At the very least, Trump used to speak highly of Sheen, telling David Letterman in 2011 that the actor was “a wonderful guy, I really like him a lot.”
“I’m a little bit impressed with him,” Trump continued. “We’ve seen worse.”
Not the most resounding of endorsements, but far from a panning of his potential truther running mate.