Michael Peroutka, a candidate best known for his ties to New Confederate organizations, made the remarks on The American View, a radio show he co-hosted, in October 2006 while discussing the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
“I have read and studied, and I believe that to be very, very true,” he added, before further suggesting that the work was done by controlled explosives.
“The other thing that strikes me so much, I can’t get it out of my brain, and that’s the vision of building 7 falling faster than the speed of gravity, right? The building 7, which no aircraft hit,” Perutka said. “And all of a sudden building 7 is falling, very consistent with what they’re calling controlled demolitions or controlled loads, because this building from top to bottom is falling faster than if you had thrown a hammer from the top of the building .”
Peroutka took his conspiratorial logic even further, speculating that every building in New York might have pre-arranged charges awaiting blasting by an “elite bureaucrat.”
“This begs the question that if there are preset loads in building seven, what has to stop there to be preset loads in buildings 1, 2, 8, 9 and 27?” Perutka said. “Are there charges in every building in New York? Is everyone ready to be knocked down every time an elite bureaucrat decides they’re going to take them down?”
Peroutka also called the 9/11 terrorist attacks an “inside job”, saying “you can’t have an explosion in the basement which is made by the hijacker on the plane” and claimed that the official account of the 9/11 attack was the true “conspiracy theory”.
The campaign did not address Peroutka’s previous conspiracy theories when asked for comment, but Macky Stafford, Petroutka’s campaign coordinator, told CNN in a statement that “primary election results demonstrate that Republicans in Maryland are unhappy with their current leadership.”
But outgoing Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan called Peroutka on Sunday, saying, “These disgusting lies don’t belong in our party.”
Lofton said, “Ah, but look at the missile thing. Then you have to count the remains and the body parts and show how all those people got inside the missile. How all those passengers–”
“I saw the photos. There was, there was nothing that looked like a body or luggage or anything in there,” Peroutka interrupted. “And the photos that I’ve seen – if there are any photos, John – that show body parts or luggage or even an airplane seat that matches Flight 77, that particular airplane. If there’s there’s something that matches that, I haven’t seen a picture of it.”
Shortly after, Lofton said, “If I can show you a person who was a friend or loved one of one of the passengers who perished on that plane that hit the Pentagon, who says, ‘Yes, we have recovered the remains of our beloved ‘one or friend.’ Will that impress you?”
“No, absolutely not,” Perutka replied. “Where did the remains come from? I don’t dispute that people died.”
“Unless a plane reached the Pentagon, how would the remains of anyone on that flight get into the Pentagon?” Lofton asked.
“I didn’t say they entered the Pentagon. I couldn’t see them in the Pentagon. There was no – I never saw evidence of anything like a body or a passenger or a passenger’s luggage or whatever Flight 77 is at the Pentagon If there are such pictures I would love to see them Now you can clearly understand that someone whose be loved one was lost on that plane, most likely could have gotten a piece of forensic evidence that their loved one was in fact dead. But who said it was from the Pentagon?”
Peroutka then said it was the first time he had heard that the remains of the deceased had been found at the Pentagon.
This story has been updated with additional reaction.