Lyndon LaRouche in 2006. Photo by Museras.
Lyndon LaRouche in 2006. Photo by Museras.

Martin O’Malley’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for president seems to finally have a little traction. Unfortunately, it’s mostly with loony quasi-cult leader Lyndon LaRouche and his followers.

The Daily Beast reported that LaRouche, a frequent presidential candidate himself and leader of a leftist yet anti-Semitic and homophobic political movement, called O’Malley “the only one who I would consider qualified to be considered for the selection of the president.”

LaRouche praised “a certain quality of honor with” O’Malley. And many of LaRouche’s followers have taken to demonstrating in support of the lagging presidential hopeful.

The LaRouche movement involves an unlikely mix of Marxism, antisemitism, and climate-change denial, peppered liberally with conspiracy theories. His support for O’Malley appears to stem solely from the candidate’s call to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, which separated commercial banks from securities firms.

O’Malley’s campaign went on record to “reject this reprehensible individual’s endorsement.”