Former Libertarian and Reform Party Presidential Candidate Appears on Infowars

Robert David Steele, a 2012 candidate for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination and briefly a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, appeared on broadcaster Alex Jones’ Infowars program this past week.

Steele, an open source activist who claims to be a former CIA agent, said the following during the appearance:

We actually believe that there is a colony on Mars, populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride so that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.

The Daily Beast reached out to NASA, who denied Steele’s claims.

IPR has previously covered Steele’s third party candidacies:

42 thoughts on “Former Libertarian and Reform Party Presidential Candidate Appears on Infowars

  1. Andy

    The title ought to be changed to Presidential nomination candidate, or candidate for the Presidential nomination, since he was never nominated by either party.

  2. NewFederalist

    I agree with William Saturn. Anyone can be a candidate for president but a political party will only have one nominee.

  3. Andy

    I bet that there are a heck of a lot of people out there who’d read this headline and assume that it means that this guy was a presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party and the Reform Party.

  4. NewFederalist

    “I bet that there are a heck of a lot of people out there who’d read this headline and assume that it means that this guy was a presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party and the Reform Party.” – Andy

    And they would be right. He was. He just was never the nominee of either party.

  5. Andy

    NewFederalist
    July 2, 2017 at 16:41
    “And they would be right. He was. He just was never the nominee of either party.”

    A lot of people out there don’t know the difference.

  6. NewFederalist

    Now that’s a different matter altogether. David Duke was a Republican presidential candidate. Most folks probably realize he was never a Republican presidential nominee but the statement is accurate.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    My comment above had to do with his pedophilia comment, not the Mars info. I really don’t know anything about that. Joe Buchman, what do you think?

    Elites drinking the blood of children in order to stay younger is definitely something I believe happens. I certainly hope that’s a rarity.

  8. dL

    And, people wonder why the Libertarians aren’t taken seriously.

    Most anyone can file a candidacy w/ the FEC for any party. However, not everyone can get face time w/ Alex Jones. You have to be an extraordinary nutjob to qualify for that privilege.

    p.s. it’s obvious who this reflects badly on

  9. Bondurant

    @ Steve Snyder

    Steele received zero votes in Orlando. He was a fringe candidate. All parties have them. Nice troll, though.

  10. Just Some Random Guy

    Does this even qualify as third-party news? He was only a candidate for both parties’ nominations, and I don’t think he even got as far as the actual voting on nominations before dropping out. That was essentially the extent of his involvement with both parties, being a self-declared candidate for several months before dropping out. And this article isn’t even about any involvement he’s currently having with any third parties. I don’t see what relevance this article actually has. We’re not talking about someone like Darryl Perry or Austin Petersen who did make it to the final part of the candidate choosing process and are actively involved with the Libertarian Party.

  11. Andy

    dL, Alex Jones has interviewed lots of people over the years, including Ron Paul. Rand Paul, Andrew Napolitano, Lee Rockwell, Doug Casey, Harry Browne, Michael Badnarik, Aaron Russo, John McAfee, Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Jesse Ventura, Pat Buchanan, and Gary Johnson, to name just a few.

  12. Steve Snyder

    Bondurant ….

    I’ll remind you of Michael Badnarik, Libertarian prez nominee, not just a nomination seeker, who drove without a driver’s license.

    If he just refused to get a DL, one thing. But, he refused, drove anyway, then claimed you don’t need one.

    If reality is a “troll,” then you’ve been trolled twice.

  13. William Saturn

    “Does this even qualify as third-party news?”

    I guess you’d prefer us going back to having no recent articles. If you clicked the links you’d see that this guy has been covered on IPR before. If you read the comments you’d see that he’s commented here before.

  14. Andy

    Michael Badnarik was correct, both literally and legally, that one does not need a drivers license to drive an automobile (unless one is acting as a commercial driver, then there is a legal basis for getting, but not if one is driving for the purpose of traveling).

  15. Just Some Random Guy

    I guess you’d prefer us going back to having no recent articles.

    Better than stuff like this. But even if the goal is to just post articles, period, just going to the LP’s site and grabbing whatever is the most recent news post they’ve had is more relevant than this. Heck, here you go:
    https://www.lp.org/arkansas-democrat-gazette-libertarian-run-governors-post/

    That would have been a much better and relevant post.

    If you clicked the links you’d see that this guy has been covered on IPR before. If you read the comments you’d see that he’s commented here before.

    He was covered during his extremely brief period of trying to become a candidate, which he stopped doing almost as quickly as he had announced it and his already minor relevance to third parties ended at that point.

  16. William Saturn Post author

    You can create your own blog and post all the boring stories you want. Better yet, maybe you can sign up to write at ATPR and help Cody Quirk copy/paste articles from other sites verbatim.

  17. Just Some Random Guy

    This is not Libertarian Political Report.

    This doesn’t actually respond to my post. My point was that if the site was so hard up for actual third party news that it was posting stuff that really had nothing to do with third parties like this post, you can pretty easily grab an article from the LP’s site and post it. But even if you insist on wanting to vary things up with other parties, you can do the same by going to the site of the Green Party or Constitution Party or any other party that puts up some news on their sites.

  18. dL

    DL, I’ve been posting Youtube videos by their URLfor years. I doubt that my access as an editor has changed.

    In the comments section? There is no visual editor for the comments box. The visual editor is what handles parsing a white listed video url(like youtube) into an embed code.

  19. William Saturn Post author

    “This doesn’t actually respond to my post”

    I should not have even responded to your comment since it was based on the idiotic question “Does this even qualify as third-party news?” which is answered in the article. I already gave you two suggestions that you can take or disregard.

  20. langa

    Personally, I’m glad that WS posted this article, for 2 reasons:

    First, everyone has been complaining that the only comments lately have been on the open threads. That’s no longer the case.

    Second, I found the video entertaining. In particular, the part about the “child slave colony on Mars” reminded me of the plot from “Phantasm” (which is one of my favorite horror films).

  21. dL

    the plot from “Phantasm” (which is one of my favorite horror films).

    Alchemy is still a babe today…but I guess that’s Phantasm II.

  22. Jill Pyeatt

    In the comments section? There is no visual editor for the comments box. The visual editor is what handles parsing a white listed video url(like youtube) into an embed code.

    I have been posting videos here with just URL’s since 2011. I haven’t needed embed codes.

    Whoever changed things, please change it back.

  23. dL

    I have been posting videos in comments using only URLs since 2011 without having to use embed codes.

    A default install of WP out out the box doesn’t feature comment link parsing. The Visual editor for posts and pages has it, but not the comment box. Comment box embed functionality would have to be provided by a plugin. However, I only have moderator access not admin access, so I can’t view the installed plugins. Obviously, if you were able to do it previously but not now, something has changed there. But it wasn’t me who made the change. I will note that the comment box has never parsed youtube links for me.

  24. langa

    Alchemy is still a babe today…but I guess that’s Phantasm II.

    Yeah, out of all the many sequels, that’s the only one I have seen. As sequels go, it wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t nearly as good as the original, IMO.

    As for Alchemy (Sam Phillips), she also played a significant part in another movie that I really like: “The Dallas Connection” (directed by cult legend Andy Sidaris).

  25. paulie

    JSRG,

    William is correct. If an article can demonstrate any alt party connections, past or present, it is within guidelines to post at IPR. The only exception is for people who have become much more famous for major party campaigns; for example, Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul have all had alt party campaigns but are much better known for other things so we would not want to overwhelm the site with news about them that does not pertain to alt parties. However, even in those cases an occasional article, with a blurb explaining the past alt party connection, is within bounds.

    We don’t have an editor or board who assigns which stories are covered and who writes about what and when or what mix of stories we have. The only thing we police for as far as articles is that there be some alt party/independent candidate connection, and if it’s not immediately obvious what that is, we ask that it be explained in the article. This can involve stories both by and about anyone involved with alt parties. However, if the author of an editorial is also an IPR editor, we ask that they submit their editorial to one of the other people here to publish rather than just doing so themselves. I personally think we could be fine without that rule, but every time we have discussed it most of the other editors spoke up in favor of leaving the rule in place.

    If you are interested in helping publish the kind of stories you referred to in your comments above, I will sign you up to write here. There is no pay for doing so. In the past we have always had people who posted a bunch of articles like that, most often me, but others took up the slack when I took breaks. Now that seems to no longer be the case. So, if you want to take that on let me know and I’ll sign you up.

    Also, in the past taking breaks seemed to revitalize me as far as IPR goes but lately I find that when I get back nothing has changed. It’s always the same merry go round in the comments with the same people repeating the same things over and over to the same other people endlessly. The comments were always my main interest here so I no longer feel inspired to post articles. Every discussion turns to the same old hobbyhorses over and over and over again. Why bother? However, another part of me wants to see that the stories get posted and every now and again I feel inspired to start back up. Right now I don’t. But, I can sign you and or others up to do so if you want. The best way to make sure it gets done is if you do it yourself. If not, don’t be surprised if no one else does either.

  26. Just Some Random Guy

    I should not have even responded to your comment since it was based on the idiotic question “Does this even qualify as third-party news?” which is answered in the article.

    No need to get insulting, particularly when your supposed reason my question is “idiotic” is because you say it’s answered i the article, even though I gave an answer to that as to why I didn’t view it as answered in the article. Paulie may be right that it is “technically” allowed under the rules (which I never actually disputed) but it’s still so distantly related.

    Maybe I came away as a bit harsher than I meant to be. But it’s a bit distressing that, after so few articles, the article we do finally get is tangentially related (at best) to third party news. I probably wouldn’t care if there were more relevant articles getting posted more frequently.

    I already gave you two suggestions that you can take or disregard.

    I come here to get news on third parties; just saying to go make my own blog (or post at a different blog you mentioned, which is the same thing quite frankly) is ignoring the entire reason I would be reading articles here to begin with.

  27. NewFederalist

    I wonder what Daniel Imperato is doing these days? As I recall he said the Pope backed him in 2008. He just might have been a bit more “out there” than Steele.

  28. Deran

    Perhaps he’s going to join the slave colony on Mars that Infowars has recently been prattling on about?

  29. paulie

    JSRG, how about helping to provide the coverage here? Your comment indicates you already know where to go to find the stories. It is indeed where I get a lot of mine when I am posting them. The solution, as you point out, is not to run down William’s article but to add other kinds of articles to the mix. I’m just tired of doing it myself as I get too worn out at work and barely have the energy to flip channels by the time I make it back to the motel.

  30. Cody Quirk

    Btw Will Saturn, it was Joshua Fauver that removed you as an Admin for ATPR because you automatically tried to bring Chris Lesiak back on board without consulting Josh about it, and Josh wanted him permanently banned and was pissed off at you after bringing that unstable schizo back as a ATPR Contributor in the first place -so he demoted you without talking to me about it first.
    If you still have beef about getting demoted, then take it up with Josh.
    We have official authorization to re-post articles on ATPR, including from BAN; better to re-post other articles then to let the website grow defunct because barely anyone ever posts original content on there anyways, so far; in fact you are still on there as a ATPR Contributor, so you are more then welcome to re-post articles or post your own editorials on there anytime you want to.

  31. William Saturn Post author

    A contributor has no power to do anything on his own. It doesn’t make much sense to deny someone (Lesiak) willing to post actual content without any risk of anything unsavory getting through.

  32. Cody Quirk

    Both me and Josh don’t care; even if he wouldn’t have the power to screw up the website again -previously hijacking ATPR in the first place is a vile, unforgivable act. Plus in Chris’s mental state, he is unstable, unpredictable, and unreliable. The best thing for third parties/independents to do with him is to shun him and anything he has to offer because he is nothing but a serious liability and a loose cannon. Me and Josh could care less if he’s willing to post 20 original articles a day 7 days a week right now; he has no sense of integrity, and no ethics.
    We do not want any of his baggage on ATPR ever again, unless it’s a news article talking about him or something that he did.

    BTW, so far you are the only one to complain about the new website design. The old one was too dark in color and crude in design, plus having twitter links and political articles unrelated to APTR and even third parties/independents on the sides of the old ATPR website was quite unnecessary. However the website will get additional gadgets and upgrades added to it in due time.

  33. Cody Quirk

    Chris also got kicked off of here too, and I doubt Warren would ever take him back.

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