White House Official Once Appeared on Podcast Whose Host Touted Race Pseudoscience and Interviewed White Nationalists
(CNN)A senior official on President Donald Trump’s National Security Council appeared on a podcast whose host has promoted claims that some races were less intelligent than others.
William Happer, a prominent climate change denier, joined the Trump administration in September 2018 as a senior director for emerging technologies on the National Security Council. In that role, Happer, an emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, counsels national security adviser John Bolton on climate change issues. A KFile review of Happer’s public appearances reveals that in December of 2016, he appeared on Freedomain Radio, hosted by far-right YouTube personality Stefan Molyneux, who in the past has said that blacks were less intelligent than whites because of what he claimed were their differences in IQ. Though racial issues were not discussed, Happer did promote his skepticism about climate change during his appearance with molyneux.in the same week, Happer appeared at a conference organized by the conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin and on a YouTube channel that has pushed 9/11 conspiracy theories, showing Happer’s willingness to be associated with prominent figures on the fringe.