Cynthia McKinney revs up bus tour to 'unrig' political system

Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is back.

The six-term Democrat, who was defeated by Hank Johnson in 2006 and went on to spend time in an Israeli jail for her Free Gaza efforts and unsuccessfully run for president as the Green Party nominee, is embarking on a nationwide "#UNRIG" bus tour “to restore truth and integrity to governance.”

McKinney is looking to build support for legislation -- which has yet to be introduced in Congress -- that would nationalize the country’s central banks, enact universal voter registration and open primaries while mandating the use of paper ballots in elections. The tour, which is being coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Intelligence Network, is meant to highlight the concept that political parties are rigged and the media and "deep state" are colluding with them.

"We have been steeped in a culture, of a political system that has been rigged," McKinney told reporters Tuesday on a call from aboard the bus. "So we’ve got to sort of devolve ourselves from that rigged mentality and liberate ourselves in order to understand each other.”

McKinney is being joined by Robert David Steele, who says he is a former CIA case officer and Nobel Prize nominee. (We couldn't confirm either tidbit.) They billed themselves as the "alt-left" and the "alt-right" uniting in order to take back the political system for the people.

A tsunami of support is unlikely.

The bus tour stopped in Atlanta over the weekend and also has plans to stop in Colorado, Oregon and Ohio. The image on the side of the bus is something else:

The last time McKinney was on our radar she gave props to a controversial French comedian who had a history of making anti-Semitic jokes and appeared to support the Charlie Hebdo gunmen.

Insider's note: This story was ripped and expanded from this morning's jolt, which can be found here

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Tamar Hallerman
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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...