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Council Member Mayfield Pushes 9/11 Conspiracy Theory In Facebook Post

Charlotte City Councilor LaWana Mayfield pushed a Sept. 11 conspiracy theory on her Facebook page.

City Council member Lawana Mayfield suggested on Facebook that 9/11 was a conspiracy and she linked to an article pushing 9/11 conspiracy theories.

"I am still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane that opened the doors for US Citizens to loose (sic) all privacy rights (from the conspiracy theorist in me),"the post read.

The article Mayfield linked to argued the collapse of the twin towers was “a controlled demolition.” 

Mayfield, a Democrat, represents district three, which encompasses parts of west Charlotte.

She says she doesn’t believe 9/11 was a hoax, but she still has a lot of questions.

“The questions I have are questions that many people have asked over the years…so I said from the conspiracy theorist in me, I’m still waiting for proof of this. But, in the meantime, what have we given up as a nation under this guise of protection?”

Mayfield told WFAE she posted the item to start a dialogue. 

“I believe this nation chose to take a horrific act and use it to not only create a way through government to spy on the American people, but also to privatize a lot of the work that is happening on the ground,” said Mayfield.

She doesn’t plan to take the post down, although it’s puzzled several of her fellow Democrats. Council member Larken Egleston says he respects Mayfield, but disagrees with the post. 

“That’s not the way I’d choose to provoke people to think about privacy, but Lawana is always provocative and makes no bones about it,” says Eggleston. 

Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chairman Jane Whitley says the views expressed in Mayfield’s post aren’t the views of the Democratic Party. 

“This particular article could be a distraction from the business of the city council,” says Whitley. 

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles saw the post, but had no comment. 

One commenter responded to the Facebook post, asking, “is this a flat earth statement?” Another simply wrote, "not worth a comment." 

Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.
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