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Um, Mike Leach has a fake conspiracy theory video for you

SB Nation logo SB Nation 6/18/2018 Jason Kirk
Mike Leach talking on a cell phone © Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images

Like all of us, Washington State head coach Mike Leach spends too much time on the internet in general and on social media in particular.

The culmination of all that, so far, is this tweet, which features an obviously edited video of Barack Obama speaking in Belgium in 2014 (and not, as the video’s title suggest, to the conspiracy-theory magnet Bilderberg Group):

Pretty scary stuff! Except, as is immediately apparent, those words were deceptively stitched together from what the president actually said.

Here’s the actual video. From the transcript, here’s the real intro, with the fake video’s clipped quote in bold:

Your Majesties, Mr. Prime Minister, and the people of Belgium -- on behalf of the American people, we are grateful for your friendship. We stand together as inseparable allies, and I thank you for your wonderful hospitality. I have to admit it is easy to love a country famous for chocolate and beer.

Leaders and dignitaries of the European Union; representatives of our NATO Alliance; distinguished guests: We meet here at a moment of testing for Europe and the United States, and forthe international order that we have worked for generations to build.

And the Twitter video’s second sentence, with full context:

it was here in Europe, through centuries of struggle -- through war and Enlightenment, repression and revolution -- that a particular set of ideals began to emerge: The belief that through conscience and free will, each of us has the right to live as we choose. The belief that power is derived from the consent of the governed, and that laws and institutions should be established to protect that understanding. And those ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and they wrote them into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men -- and women -- are created equal.

But those ideals have also been tested -- here in Europe and around the world. Those ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power. This alternative vision argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign.

Leach then sidestepped the many people informing him that the video is fake, while pointing out he didn’t actually have anything to say about the blatantly fake video he shared.

And, yeah, this is going great:


Here we have a highly opinionated football coach who spends a lot of time on Twitter, has gotten more and more politically outspoken in recent years, and is now swerving into made-up conspiracy fantasyland.

The end of the world is weird, man. We are not far from football coaches personally FWDing us chain emails about being forced into Bohemian Grove by lizard apes who fell out of the skies. I’d sort of always assumed all football coaches would just keep yelling about focusing on football assignments, even as the mushroom clouds spread overhead, but it turns out that’s not the case.

Your guess is as good as mine.


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