A former Democratic congresswoman is joining forces with a self-described "alt-right white guy" to help President Trump combat the so-called deep state.
Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, a colorful figure known for hitting a Capitol police officer who stopped her in 2006, announced Tuesday the kickoff of a campaign called "#Unrig" with former CIA employee Robert David Steele.
Steele told reporters on a call with McKinney that the campaign was "designed as a gift for our democratically elected president to create a broad power base that will survive the demise of the Republican Party," which he said would happen due to a pedophilia scandal.
"The alt-right and the alt-left need each other," he said, describing himself as alt-right and McKinney as alt-left, with some shared views opposed to entrenched elites.
The six-term former congresswoman and Steele will be touring the country to promote a reform package that includes ending winner-takes-all voting.
The nation's political system, McKinney said, "has been so carefully constructed ... that us as individuals have been rigged. We have to unrig ourselves."
McKinney, the Green Party's 2008 presidential nominee, did not correct Steele's use of the term "alt-left" to describe her on the call. She also did not address his suggestion that clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month between white supremacists and anti-racism activists were "staged" and a "so-called event."
In a followup conversation McKinney, who is African-American, told the Washington Examiner she does not believe the Charlottesville clashes were staged and offered criticism of Trump.
"I haven't done the investigation myself," she said about Steele's Charlottesville remarks. "That is not a point of agreement."
McKinney, detained for attempting to break Israel's blockade of Gaza in 2009, said she considers Israel a "pervasive" player in the deep state, and said the United States' "pernicious foreign policy" is at the root of both Mideast conflicts and an influx of wage-lowering immigration to the U.S.
McKinney said the label "alt-left" — controversial since its post-Charlottesville use by Trump — could be used to describe her politics, but that she would prefer the term left populism. "If you want to put me in a box as alt-left, then I need to know what your definition of alt-left is," she said.
"I saw the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton as one that was totally outrageous for me," she said. "If you choose to call that an alt-left position, well then I'd have to look at that."
McKinney declined five times to say if she voted for Trump.
"Let me just put it this way: under no circumstance was I going to support Secretary Clinton, and I did not support Secretary Clinton," she said. In response to followup questions she said "it's none of your business. You tell me who you voted for!"
Regardless of her November ballot choice, McKinney said she's concerned about Trump's apparent drift from non-interventionist policies. She said she doesn't like the number of generals in leadership posts and fears Trump may have "drowned in the swamp" he sought to drain.