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How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to Trump

How the Ilhan Omar Marriage Smear Went From Fever Swamp to Trump

When Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once married her own brother in an immigration fraud scheme, he demonstrated the remarkable degree to which even the most far-off corners of the right-wing internet can launch unproven, anonymous claims into the national political discourse. The president had been asked by a reporter from the pro-Trump about whether his administration was investigating Omar “for possibly marrying her brother.” In response, Trump hinted that “somebody” in the government was looking into the matter. “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that...

July 22, 2019
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GOP Rep. Appears at White Nationalist Event Where Organizer Calls Capitol Riot ‘Awesome’

GOP Rep. Appears at White Nationalist Event Where Organizer Calls Capitol Riot ‘Awesome’

CHEAT SHEETTOP 10 RIGHT NOWCHEAT SHEETTOP 10 RIGHT NOWA sitting member of Congress appeared at a white nationalist convention Friday night, marking new GOP support for the racist movement. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) spoke in Orlando, Florida, at the America First Political Action conference, a far-right event meant to mimic the establishment Republican (CPAC).After Gosar’s speech, AFPAC organizer Nick Fuentes, who marched in the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and was outside the Capitol with his supporters during the Jan. 6 riot, took the podium that warned that “white people...

Feb 27
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Hawaii Proud Boy Leader Nick Ochs Busted in Capitol Riot

Hawaii Proud Boy Leader Nick Ochs Busted in Capitol Riot

Federal authorities have arrested Hawaii founder and in connection with the on Wednesday.In an indictment unsealed in D.C. District Court, Ochs—who promotes his extremist opinions online as part of the “Murder the Media” podcasting and YouTube crew—is charged with trespassing into a restricted building.Attempts to reach him were not immediately successful, and it was unclear if he had an attorney.Multiple photos of Ochs participating in the mayhem appeared online and in the press during and after the attack on the Capitol—including a selfie Ochs shared on his Twitter account smoking a...

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Jan 8
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Trump Allies Pushing New Riot Defense Don’t Get How Phones Work

Trump Allies Pushing New Riot Defense Don’t Get How Phones Work

As the Senate prepares for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial over the Capitol riot, the ex-president’s allies in the right-wing media remain hard at work creating a range of defenses that absolve him from the violence triggered by months of lies and deception.In the logic of an argument that’s been embraced by pro-Trump cable networks, it was impossible for the first wave of rioters to hear Trump’s speech on the White House Ellipse in person because they started attacking before he was finished speaking. Therefore, Trump couldn’t have incited them to attack the Capitol.Unless, that is,...

Jan 28
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MyPillow Guy Presents Trump With ‘China’ Election-Fraud Theory, Lawyers Send Him Packing

MyPillow Guy Presents Trump With ‘China’ Election-Fraud Theory, Lawyers Send Him Packing

In the final week of his presidency, and a personal friend of the president’s who presented Trump with six pages of documents, loaded with unproven conspiracy theories, that he told him proved that China and other countries helped steal the 2020 election for Joe Biden.Lindell says that after a “five-to-ten minute meeting” in the Oval, Trump asked someone to take the MyPillow inventor to a different room to show his documents to “the lawyers,” and then asked for staff to bring Lindell back afterwards. Following a roughly two-hour wait, according to Lindell, he finally met with White House...

Jan 16
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‘Destroy Trump’: Breitbart Staffers Seethe After Capitol Riot

‘Destroy Trump’: Breitbart Staffers Seethe After Capitol Riot

Editors and reporters at the staunchly pro-Trump conservative outlet Breitbart News privately clashed over whether President Donald Trump was to blame for last week’s deadly Capitol riot, according to internal messages reviewed by The Daily Beast.“I am just not feeling charitable AT ALL,” international news editor Frances Martel posted to Slack the morning after the rioting that left five people dead, including a police officer. “Destroy Trump.”Martel lamented that Trump’s support for the MAGA mob had undone a decade’s worth of conservative politics, leaving the Republican Party “in...

Jan 15
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QAnon Believers Duped by Trump, Melania Impersonators on Telegram

QAnon Believers Duped by Trump, Melania Impersonators on Telegram

QAnon conspiracy theorists pushed off of major social media platforms in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot have a new problem: falling for obvious impersonators of their right-wing heroes on the messaging app Telegram.A months-long purge of believers on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter climaxed in the days following the Jan. 6 riot, with Twitter alone banning 70,000 QAnon-related accounts. QAnon believers’ attempts to organize elsewhere online hit another wall in January when Amazon pulled server support from conservative site Parler, taking the upstart social media network...

Feb 26
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Dominion Voting Sues Pro-Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell for $1.3 Billion Over Election Conspiracy Theories

Dominion Voting Sues Pro-Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell for $1.3 Billion Over Election Conspiracy Theories

CHEAT SHEETTOP 10 RIGHT NOWCHEAT SHEETTOP 10 RIGHT NOWIn a case that could set off a tidal wave of litigation against pro-Trump election conspiracy theorists and media outlets, voting-machine company Dominion Voting Systems pro-Trump lawyer on Friday for $1.3 billion over her role promoting baseless conspiracy theories that the company helped steal the 2020 election from Donald Trump.Powell became a star on the right after the election and raised money for her own group with her outlandish allegations that a widespread conspiracy theory, ranging from voting-machine companies like Dominion...

Jan 8
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Lin Wood’s Fave QAnon Oracle Hopes for Trump Pardon

Lin Wood’s Fave QAnon Oracle Hopes for Trump Pardon

Even in the bizarre world of , self-proclaimed deep state whistleblower Ryan Dark White has some crazy ideas.Like other QAnon promoters, White, who goes by the alias “John Here to Help” on Twitter, says a cabal of Satanic government bureaucrats is out to get Donald Trump.But he also claims those same nefarious actors have broken through to another dimension, where they discovered a sort of elemental spirit that is essentially the spirit of God, then packaged it into a machine named “Project Deep Space 9.”“It’s the voice of God,” White, 52, said in on a QAnon podcast. “It’s the original...

Jan 5
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YouTube Star Tim Pool’s News Site Collapses Amid Allegations He Took a Cat Hostage

YouTube Star Tim Pool’s News Site Collapses Amid Allegations He Took a Cat Hostage

All is not well in the burgeoning media empire of YouTube political commentator Tim Pool. Amid an acrimonious falling out over who controls the future of a digital news site that Pool helped launch, the YouTube star is facing accusations from former partners that he used a cat named Betsy as a hostage in business negotiations, only handing the pet over after police were called.“He was trying to use my cat as leverage,” said Emily Molli, Betsy’s owner and a former Pool business partner.Pool says he never had custody of the cat, whose return to Molli was eventually arranged through an animal...

Mar 11
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