Conway, Trump Jr. Boost Troll Who Pushed ‘Pizzagate’ Conspiracy

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President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway this week promoted “alt-right” personality and Twitter troll Mike Cernovich, who once claimed that date rape does not exist.

Conway on Monday promoted a “60 Minutes” interview with Cernovich as “a must-see ratings bonanza.”

On Tuesday, Trump Jr. praised Cernovich for reporting that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the unmasking of U.S. persons connected to President Donald Trump’s campaign whose communications were swept up by incidental surveillance. (Surveillance and national security experts told TPM that Rice would be well within her rights to make such requests.)

“In a long gone time of unbiased journalism he’d win the Pulitzer,” Trump Jr. wrote. “Not today!”

Cernovich’s greatest hits include the since-deleted claim that “diversity is code for white genocide” and the declaration that “date rape doesn’t exist” because “‘raping’ a girl without using force” is “basically impossible.”


While Cernovich deleted those posts, there are plenty more on his Twitter account along similar lines.

Cernovich promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory. As that conspiracy unfolded, a man entered a Washington, D.C. restaurant with an AR-15 assault rifle and firing off one or more shots. The suspect told police that he came to “self-investigate” the fabricated story.

Less inflammatory but also notable: Cernovich’s apparent change of opinion on Kanye West.

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