Welcome to another terrifying week under the future Trump Presidency!
This weekend, a man named Edgar Welch fired a rifle into a D.C. pizza restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, after visiting the restaurant in an effort to “self-investigate” #Pizzagate. For those unfamiliar with #Pizzagate, here’s a primer. The TL;DR is this: It’s an alt-Nazi conspiracy theory fueled on Reddit, Twitter, and 4Chan, in which many people believe that the many “pizza” orders mentioned in John Podesta’s hacked emails refer to the ordering of child prostitutes, and that Comet Ping Pong is at the center of a child-pedophile ring operated by the Clintons.
There is no truth to the conspiracy. It’s a wild baseless rumor that has circulated on fake news sites that the alt-Nazis have inexplicably clung to. Yesterday, it led to actual gunfire. Fortunately, no one was hurt. However, this was just one more casualty of #Pizzagate, following weeks of instances in which employees have been harassed with death threats on social media and email. Moreover, a street was shut down for several hours yesterday so that police could continue to investigate the area. Patrons inside a neighboring bookstore were locked inside while police with rifles and protective gear apprehended the shooter.
The owner of Comet Ping Pong released this statement yesterday:
“What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences,” he said. “I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today and stop promoting these falsehoods right away.”
I can unfortunately assure you that the incident did not provoke a moment of contemplation among the #Pizzagate conspiracists. In fact, many have doubled down, including Michael Flynn Jr., the son of the Trump’s incoming national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
This tweet led CNN anchor Jake Tapper to chastise Flynn through a series of DM’s on Twitter that Michael Flynn, Jr. published as apparent evidence that the mainstream media is covering up #Pizzagate.
I don’t know how this qualifies as an “epic response,” to a journalist legitimately fearing for the safety of others, but … sure?
This is insane. Think about what is happening here. A major television journalist is begging the son of the incoming national security advisor to stop spreading a fake news story about a child pedophile ring based on pizza delivery orders in emails hacked by the Russians, a fake news story that led to actual gunfire yesterday and the shut down of a major D.C. road, and the son of the national security advisor — who is an advisor to his father — is bragging that the CNN anchor is melting down because, apparently, the alt-Nazis are about to bust this completely fabricated child pedophile ring wide open.
Dec 4 2016. The @JakeTapper MSM Pizza Gate Meltdown. Remember this day— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) December 5, 2016
I cannot believe this is the country we live in now. This is literal insanity.