Hunter Thompson fingered Reagan assassination conspiracy, but missed Bush-Hinckley connection
A unique voice on the twisted and depraved scene in political life, Hunter S. Thompson became infamous in the late 60s and 70s for his “gonzo journalism” where he injected himself and plenty of weird into already dark scenes of modern American life. The corrupt quest for power in Washington, D.C., is as dark as any of that stuff, and a few of his reported comments on the attempt to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981 are a good example.
Longtime artist and companion Ralph Steadman quoted Hunter Thompson as writing to him in 1981 about the attempted assassination attempt on President Reagan in his memoir on Thompson titled The Joke’s Over: Bruised Memories – Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson and Me (p. 205):
“PPS You no doubt realize that it will be even more difficult to criticize Reagan and his Administration — a weird wave of support will flow over the man now and for at least 12 months he will be bathed in the light of a Saviour — on the 3rd day he rose again — the born-again President.”
“There was Bush miles from anywhere — Haig on the scene and ready to snatch power, pull the trigger, the military move in and Wap! You have a military dictator — but the dumb kid was a bad shot. What a sick place.”
While General Alexander Haig has certainly participated in the larger globalism coup, he missed the hand of George H.W. Bush, who he described as “miles from anywhere.” Bush, as sitting vice president and fierce GOP primary opponent, had the most to gain from a successful assassination.
Perhaps Thompson could not have been aware at that time of the connection between the Bush dynasty and the Hinckley family, both involved in the Texas oil business and connected to global covert options (ref. Hinckley’s involvement in World Vision, and its ties to USAID/CIA activities). Brother of George W. Bush, Neil Bush, was scheduled to have dinner with Scott Hinckley, brother of accused assassin John Hinckley, the next day. Further, John Hinckley, Sr., was a campaign donor to George H.W. Bush’s 1980 campaign.
Thompson did predict a ‘pardon’ for would-be assassin John Hickley, Jr., who was ultimately found insane while committing his deed, escaping life in prison or a death sentence for trying to murder a sitting president. The L.A. Times noted in April of this year that Hinckley is now making frequent visits to his parents home, going on shopping trips and acting ‘normally.’
According to the L.A. Times:
“He shows few of the symptoms that led to the 1982 finding that he was insane, and therefore not guilty of attempted murder and other charges in the assassination attempt.”