Monday, October 14, 2019


In the email account I set up for this blog years ago, I mostly get junk. Late last month, I received this unsolicited message:

AMPFest is the gathering where that now-notorious video was shown:
A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New York Times.

Several of Mr. Trump’s top surrogates — including his son Donald Trump Jr., his former spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis — were scheduled to speak at the three-day conference, which was held by a pro-Trump group, American Priority, at Trump National Doral Miami. Ms. Sanders and a person close to Mr. Trump’s son said on Sunday that they did not see the video at the conference.

The video, which includes the logo for Mr. Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, comprises a series of internet memes. The most violent clip shows Mr. Trump’s head superimposed on the body of a man opening fire inside the “Church of Fake News” on parishioners who have the faces of his critics or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. It appears to be an edited scene of a church massacre from the 2014 dark comedy film “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
If you haven't seen it, here's the video. It's appalling. The massacre starts at 0:33.

The Times description of the event is accurate -- the scheduled speakers, according to the event's website, included Sanders, Trump Jr., and Governor DeSantis -- and also the likes of Loomer, who gets equal billing with Florida's governor on the site.

You remember Loomer.
Loomer, 26, has suggested several shootings may have been "false flag" operations, and said, "I’m not buying it. At all," after CNN, liberal benefactor George Soros and former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said they received suspicious packages last year. Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who mailed a series of crude pipe bombs, received a 20-year prison sentence for those matters....

Loomer lost her online privileges with Uber and Lyft after a 2017 Twitter rant against Muslims a day after an Islamic man drove a truck into a crowd in New York City, killing eight and injuring 11 others.

"Someone needs to create a non Islamic form of Uber or Lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver," Loomer wrote at the time in one of several posts.

"Then let me be the first to say I never want another Muslim entering this country EVER AGAIN," she wrote on Twitter in 2017.

Loomer has been banned from Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, GoFundMe, Venmo and PayPal accounts. She briefly chained herself to a door at Twitter's New York offices in protest over her ban....

Loomer suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of two Muslim women elected to the House, married her brother to obtain U.S. citizenship.

The left-leaning Right Wing Watch reported that Loomer solicited contributions for her independent journalism efforts using the same mailing address used by United West, an organization considered an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A history like that ought to consign her to the far fringes of the right. But the right has no fringes. It's all mainstream. Hell, the president of the United States also spreads that conspiracy theory about Omar's marriage.

So it makes perfect sense that a Republican governor and a Republican president's son and former press secretary would appear at an event with not just Loomer but also Mike Cernovich, best known for spreading the Pizzagate conspiracy, and Wayne Allyn Root.

On the landing page for AMPFest, this message now appears:

But one of the speakers at AMPFest was Carpe Donktum, a man known as "Trump's favorite meme-maker," whose website features videos by TheGeekzTeam, the maker of the church slaughter video.

The church video isn't on Carpe Donktum's site -- but a similar video by TheGeekzTeam appears there:

In this video, Trump attacks George Soros, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and various news organizations, while dogs with Pepe the Frog heads go for the throats of Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi.

In the modern Republican Party, this is regarded as perfectly normal. In the modern Republican Party, the fringe is the mainstream.

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