Trump National Security Adviser Creates Insecurity At A Family Pizza Parlor


Days before the election, future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn tweeted a ridiculous right wing blogger’s conspiracy theory about a supposed Clinton-connected pedophile sex ring run out of the Washington, DC pizza restaurant.

Yesterday, a man entered that location armed with an assault rifle, intent on “investigating” the false report.

Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police. Police said Welch proceeded to discharge the rifle inside the restaurant; they think that all other occupants had fled when Welch began shooting.

Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Police said there were no reported injuries.

Flynn’s son also amplified the idiotic story on Twitter. Born in website cesspits such as 4chan, the scurrilous #pizzagate narrative has nevertheless become a popular obsession for paranoid fringe supporters of Donald Trump.

That category includes Flynn, by the way. The retired Air Force general has been known to share fake news before. In fact, his explanation for being forced out as Defense Intelligence Agency head — that he opposed Obama administration policy in the Middle East — is a perfect example of the fake ‘facts’ that Flynn has reportedly purveyed for years in lieu of genuine knowledge.

Pentagon insiders have told Dana Priest at The New Yorker that “his subordinates started a list of what they called ‘Flynn facts,’ things he would say that weren’t true… In private, his staff tried to dissuade him from repeating these lines.”

That was just one of the Priest’s revelations that ought to alarm anyone interested in national security. But it’s worse that Flynn willingly creates insecurity. America got lucky this time; how long do we have until this president and his circle of advisers inspire a mass casualty event by tweeting links to nonsense in a right wing blog?

Not that it will matter, of course. We live in a post-truth, post-factual era. According to his own spokeswoman, Donald Trump can do anything he wants and it becomes “presidential behavior” by dint of his electoral victory, a benefit that will surely accrue to his team. Responsible media outlets are powerless to stop this process of normalization, his surrogates say, because the Trump Organization is totally immune to responsibility, whatever the Constitution says.

So they are sure to spin any such event as another false flag operation — you know, like Sandy Hook. If children die at Comet Ping Pong, then Alex Jones will say they never really lived in the first place, because their parents are just crisis actors. He will be lying, of course, but the lie will be enough so that Trump and his cabinet can retweet the specious story without paying any sort of price.

There are only about a million ways that ‘government by conspiracy theory’ can lead America right off the rails; this is one.

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