On Sunday, the plague of right-wing fake news almost claimed lives when someone who fell for a story claiming that Hillary Clinton runs a child prostitution ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza joint’s basement.
Comet Ping Pong has received numerous death threats ever since the Right — including Trump ally Alex Jones’ Infowars, Gateway Pundit, and other sources conservatives consider reliable — began pushing the nonsensical conspiracy theory that places John Podesta and Hillary Motherfucking Clinton herself at the head of a child prostitution ring. Obviously, everything about this story is complete and utter garbage — right down to the claim that they do their business out of the basement of this innocent small business. There is no basement.
In fact, the only thing that is true is that both Podesta and Clinton are fond of the place, and have enjoyed the food there — but that didn’t stop 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch from storming Comet with a gun and firing multiple shots inside the building in what he calls an effort to “self-investigate ‘PizzaGate,” the ridiculous hashtag attached to this even more ridiculous story.
DC police: Comet Ping Pong suspect is Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, NC who said he came to investigate "pizzagate." pic.twitter.com/wbW9BMBBG3
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) December 5, 2016
An employee at the restaurant told the Washington Post that his best guess is that Welch was attempting to find a nonexistent series of secret tunnels Clinton uses to do something, something Dark Side:
The threats were all tied to the Comet Ping Pong accusations online, he said. “There’s some old painted-over symbol on the marquee that they claim is an international symbol of pedophilia and that there are underground tunnels. . . . There’s some video on YouTube that has almost 100,000 views and talks about me, the owner of the Little Red Fox, by name.
“This was our worst fear,” he said, “that someone would read all this and come to the block with a gun. And today it happened.”
The fake story was pushed by many popular conservative figures, including Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser.
Unfortunately, this is the sort of thing that is not only condoned but encoraged by the Right — and we are very, very lucky there are no dead bodies attached to this latest incident of right-wing terrorism.
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