Az GOP’s senator of the year Wadsack: 9/11 ‘never added up'; likes ‘inside job’ claims

On the 22nd anniversary of the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks, Tucson Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack
shared a fake transcript from United Flight 93 and liked multiple posts
on social media alluding to the events of the day being a “false flag”
and an “inside job.” 

“It was an inside job, a false flag,
to steal Middle East oil,” read one post on the social media site X,
formerly Twitter, that Wadsack liked. Another post that she liked said
9/11 was an “inside job” resulting in “millions” of deaths. 

She also liked a post by another user who claimed that “the villains (behind 9/11) are still in DC.” 

“I made the decision to NOT trust my government THAT day!” Wadsack said
on Sept. 12 in a reply to someone alleging government involvement in
the attacks. “It never added up. Still doesn’t, and now look at the
state of thing. (sic)”

Wadsack was responding to a person who had commented on a post she published on 9/11
that is allegedly the transcript of a phone conversation between a 911
operator named Lisa Jefferson and United 93 passenger Todd Beamer. 

United 93 crashed into a field in
Pennsylvania after passengers fought the terrorists for control of the
plane, but was believed to be intended to crash somewhere in Washington
D.C.; everyone on board died in the crash. The transcript in Wadsack’s
post, however, is a fabrication.    

Jefferson, the 911 operator, has said many times that the call between herself and Beamer was never recorded, even telling the FBI
that she only took brief notes on a Post-it pad. The notes are
currently in the possession of the FBI. Additionally, the transcript
portrays Jefferson as telling Beamer about the other planes crashing,
but she has said that she did not tell Beamer about the other attacks. 

“I wanted him to have hope, I wanted
him to think he still had a chance,” Jefferson said in a 2011 CBS
interview. In the transcript Wadsack posted online, Jefferson is said to
have told Beamer “the World Trade Center is gone. Both of the towers
have been destroyed.” 

Multiple X users responded to Wadsack and told her the transcript was inaccurate. The senator hid their replies to her post.

Wadsack also liked a post on X by a user who said they believed that the plane was shot down. 

“They shot this jet down, but (the
transcript) was released to fuel young Americans to enlist, one of the
greatest American propaganda campaigns ever,” the post liked by Wadsack

There is no evidence that the plane was shot down or that 9/11 was an inside job. The 19 hijackers had been plotting the attack for some time and took advantage of security vulnerabilities to take the lives of 2,977 people. 

Wadsack did not respond to requests
for comment about her expressions of support for conspiracy theories
about the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. 

Last month, the Arizona Republican Party named Wadsack
the “AZGOP’s Freshman Senator of the Year” for passing “pivotal”
measures. An AZGOP spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for
comment. Earlier this month, an effort by liberal critics to recall
Wadsack failed to force her to stand for a new election.

Wadsack is not the only Arizona Senate Republican to hold such beliefs. 

Sen. Janae Shamp, R-Surprise, posted a
number of conspiracist ideas from QAnon and memes about the Sept. 11
attacks on the social media site Gab. In one post previously found by
the Arizona Mirror, Shamp shared a photo and meme by a QAnon account
that claimed the attacks were an “inside job” by former President George
W. Bush and alluded to a debunked conspiracy theory about World Trade Center building 7. 

Both Shamp and Wadsack have embraced
QAnon and have posted the popular QAnon catchphrase “WWG1WGA” on their
social media pages. Wadsack has done so at least twice on her public social media account and Shamp frequently posted and engaged with QAnon along with the slogan on her now-defunct Parler and Gab accounts. 

More than a decade ago, the Arizona
Senate was home to a different GOP senator who spread 9/11 conspiracy
theories. Sen. Karen Johnson, from Mesa, asked for a reinvestigation
into the attacks on a speech on the Senate floor and gave each of her
colleagues a DVD featuring a short film promoting 9/11 conspiracies.