Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 6:15:09 pm
If you're not familiar with the utterly deranged delusion called #PizzaGate that's burning up the right wing's Twitter and Facebook bandwidth these days, here's a story with the full background.
All you really need to know is that the far right is caught up in a conspiracy theory that a pizzeria in Washington DC is a hub of child sex trafficking, and it involves Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and a bunch of their other favorite targets. It's being hyped by Infowars, Gateway Pundit and a host of other right wing sources.
They've been going completely bonkers about this fake story for the past month, and today a man incited by this bad craziness entered the Comet Pizza restaurant with an assault rifle and terrorized the customers and employees before being arrested.
This story broke earlier today but I was holding off for confirmation that the gunman was actually inspired by the PizzaGate fake news; tonight we have that confirmation in a statement from the DC Police Department:
— Deputy Mayor Donahue (@SafeDC) December 5, 2016
Fake news now has some very real consequences.
CBS News is labeling this white right wing terrorist a "victim." I wish I were kidding.
— Aric Toler (@AricToler) December 5, 2016