In response to questions about this interview and other appearances with 9/1
"I don't know if you knew it, but I was chased out of the academy back in 2006 for talking about, uh, the questions surrounding what really happened on September 11, 2001, "Barrett told Williamson on the show.
"I've lost two jobs, one tenure track job at the University of Wisconsin and I'm unemployed at the American academy right now. So, if we have a fascist country – if that means that you can't even come close to telling the truth about the most important event of the century and still have a job as a professor, or at least you're risking your job – then we're pretty fascist, "Barrett said, waiting
"Yeah, I couldn't agree with you more," Williamson, who is Jewish, responded. "And I think listen, to have questions about 9/11, to me, is no different than having questions about the Warren Commission. And I don't believe in the single bullet theory of Kennedy assassination either."
Ewing , Williamson's campaign manager, pointed to another section of the interview where Barrett criticized American democracy saying that in comparison Iran "actually looks pretty good." Williamson pushed back calling his comments "radically against the US government" saying that while disagreed with him on some points she celebrated "the freedoms" Americans have to speak their minds.
Later in the show, Barrett asserted that a "Zionist organized crime outfit "were manipulating the Republican Party. Williamson failed to challenge Barrett's views on the orchestration of 9/11, but later offered some push back against Barrett's "worldview" saying she did not want to see Israel "obliterated."
"I think the Republicans are in the hands of Zionist organized crime outfit that has been dedicated to going to war with Iran ever since they blew up the Trade Towers, "Barrett said.
Williamson responded:" So you think the Zionist organized crime unit were the ones who did 9/11? "
Barrett responded by mentioning Larry Silverstein, the developer of the Ground Zero Site in Manhattan, who is also Jewish.
" Absolutely, "Barrett said. "Just Google Larry Silverstein."
"So wait, I need to ask. So I understand the theory of 9/11 being an artificially created Pearl Harbor in order to justify an Iraq War," Williamson interjected before being cut off by Barrett, who corrected her and said that 9/11 "was about destroying the enemies of Israel."
"So, yeah, there, you know. Yeah," Williamson responded. "Well, you know, the way I look at Israel, I look at Israel like I look at the United States, you know, the people of Israel are not the government of Israel."
Barrett's theories that falsely posit a conspiracy involving Israeli complacency in the 9/11 attacks have deeply anti-Semitic roots. Blaming Israel or Jews for manipulating world events, such as the Anti-Defamation League argues, is a manifestation of an age-old trope that Jewish people plot actions in order to gain or maintain power.
In several instances, Williamson has appeared, promoted and featured at conferences, podcasts and radio shows that gave a platform to 9/11 "truthers" who claim a secret plot behind the World Trade Center attacks. Between 2014 and 2016, Williamson appeared on the shows of Sean Stone, Gary Null and John Shuck. All three have individually pursued and promoted conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 on their programs, though Williamson did not discuss any theories surrounding the World Trade Center attacks during her appearances, according to a review conducted by CNN's KFile.