A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said.
CHILD SEX RING
According to Metropolitan Police, the popular, so-called Pizzagate restaurant was invaded by a 20-something North Carolina man brandishing an assault rifle on Sunday afternoon. The incident came after weeks of fake news involving Hillary Clinton, a child sex ring, and Comet Ping Pong
INVESTIGATE CONSPIRACY THEORY
The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” a false election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.
James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Ping Pong, said in a statement: “What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences. 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.”
The restaurant’s owner and employees were threatened on social media in the days before the election after fake news stories circulated claiming that then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief were running a child sex ring from the restaurant’s backrooms.
Even Michael Flynn, a retired general whom President-elect Donald Trump has tapped to advise him on national security, shared stories about another anti-Clinton conspiracy theory involving pedophilia. None of them were true. But the fake stories and threats persisted, some even aimed at children of Comet Ping Pong employees and patrons. The restaurant’s owner was forced to contact the FBI, local police, Facebook and other social-media platforms in an effort to remove the articles.
COMET PING PONG
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.”
Here is the information on this fake news story and where many people got their information from.
“Pizzagate Is Real: Something Is Going On, But What?” Infowars reports that “high-level Washington D.C. predatory pedophiles” are collaborating by “symbols” on the Comet Ping Pong menu; this is a Northwest Washington D.C. pizza place. “Notice the symbol of the ping-pong paddles and its clever resemblance to the FBI documents’ symbol for child love,” reports Infowars.
And this fake news story has been spreading over the internet since then. Only Alex Jones and his group don’t report it as fake news. There are multiple copies of the following video on YouTube and straight from the beginning you can see who produced this; Alex Jones Channel or Infowars.
Supposedly this all start with a Wikileaks media dump of emails from Clinton’s campaign official John Podesta’s computer. There was one FBI document that InfoWars theorized to be the connecting link between Clinton campaign and “predatory pedophiles”.
What is even worse is that we learned last week that President-elect Donald Trump has been turning away his intelligence briefers, leaving the task of learning about national-security threats to his understudy, Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
WHERE HE GETS NEWS?
So where is Trump getting his information? On Sunday, Trump tweeted out the wild allegations that “millions of people” voted illegally for his opponent. He also tweeted that there was “serious voter fraud” in three states that went for Hillary Clinton, “so why isn’t the media reporting on this?
LOAD OF CRAP
The media wasn’t reporting on this because it’s a load of hooey. But one “media” outlet has been “reporting” the groundless allegations, and it’s one that Trump relied on frequently during the campaign: Alex Jones’s Infowars, the radio and Internet home of the grassy-knoll crowd. And allegedly the outfit that passes around the rumor such as this and PizzaGate.
This is the problem with fake conspiracy theories – it only takes one person who is a little off in thinking skills to read something like this and incidents such as the one reported here can happen.
Also it is not the place that our President or his advisers should be getting his news.