Fake News Weaponized

Sarah L. Voisin

Thankfully, no one was hurt. But you may have heard that a man from Salisbury, North Carolina, Edgar Maddison Welch, shot up a pizza joint in Washington, DC today in an effort to 'investigate' the "Pizza Gate" conspiracy theory.

What on earth is Pizza Gate, you may ask? It's a Reddit-based far right conspiracy theory alleging a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta out of a DC pizza shop.

Here's a tweet tonight from the son of Michael Flynn, the incoming National Security Advisor.

You can see a lot more in Flynn Jr's twitter feed.

As CNN reported in mid-November, Flynn Jr routinely circulates conspiracy theories and makes racist comments of all sorts. Nor is this some tenuous guilt by association. The younger Flynn is not only his father's son. He is also his chief of staff and top aide at the security consulting firm Flynn has run since leaving the military. Indeed, in the fever swamps in which this conspiracy theory germinated and grew, Flynn has been cheered as the figure set to break open the truth about the (non-existent) Clinton/Podesta child sex ring.

Flynn will become the White House National Security Advisor in a month and a half.

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