Wednesday, August 19, 2020


I made my way to Gateway Pundit this morning, and there's a lineup of posts that's dreadful even by GP's usual standards. I'll start with this one:
President Trump Wears Full Suit at Campaign Stop in Blistering Arizona Heat, Calls Out Basement Dweller Biden – ‘You Think Biden Could Do This?’

President Trump traveled to Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday as part of his four-state campaign tour this week.

It is 115 degrees in Yuma today but supporters lined up in the blistering heat to see the President speak.

President Trump showed up to the Yuma airport hangar in a full suit like a boss....

Meanwhile, feeble Biden is hiding in his basement.

Trump called out the basement dweller: “You know, it’s 122 degrees in this place? You think Joe Biden could do this?”
That's right -- the ability to wear a suit on a hot day is how we're supposed to choose a president now, and Trump, well, he's nailed that. After flying to Arizona in an air-conditioned jet, he stepped off the plane and stood still at a podium in a suit. That alone merits four more years! Sleepy Joe couldn't pull that off!

What else? There's the expected congratulations post for Laura Loomer, who won the Republican congressional primary in Floriday's 21st District. The post, oddly, doesn't mention the fact that President Trump congratulated Loomer on her win, a reaction that once would have been considered controversial given the fact that, as The Washington Post notes, Loomer "once called herself a #ProudIslamophobe, has called Muslims 'savages,' and has contributed to conspiracy site Infowars.... Loomer’s work with Infowars ... spread false claims that the murder of 20 children and six staff members at the school was a hoax and aired similar claims about the Parkland mass shooting."

But Loomer's win isn't the only Florida victory Gateway Pundit is celebrating. There's also this:
Republican Anna Paulina Luna Wins Primary in Florida’s 13th District – Will Face Democrat Charlie Crist in November

Citizen Free Press writes:
Laura Loomer wasn’t the only outspoken woman to win big in Florida tonight. Republican candidate Anna Paulina Luna kicked ass in Florida’s 13th District. Luna will take on Charlie Crist in November. Luna, 31, a veteran, garnered nearly 36 percent of the vote, or more than 22,000 votes of the nearly 62,000 ballots cast in the race.
A photo of Luna accompanies this post:

And, because too much is never enough, another photo:

Dear David Brooks: You want to know what the future of the Republican Party looks like? This is what it looks like.

What else? Here's a post that refers to Bill Gates, menacingly, as "the Vaccinator."
Bill Gates, the Vaccinator, wants the entire world to be vaccinated with “several doses” of a coronavirus vaccine.
Yeah, and? Some vaccines require more than one dose. I'll take whatever the scientific consensus recommends. See you in the ICU!

And the lead post? Oh, it's just about a guy threatening violent rebellion against county government in California if public health measures continue.
A veteran and business owner living in Shasta County, California is completely fed up with the authoritarian Covid lockdown orders so he gave a stern warning to the Board of Supervisors....

Carlos Zapata warned the masked officials in the Board of Supervisors chamber that a revolution is brewing....

“Right now we’re being peaceful and you better be happy we’re good citizens, that we’re peaceful citizens but it’s not gonna be peaceful much longer — and this isn’t a threat — I’m not a criminal, I’ve never been a criminal but I’m telling you real good citizens are going to turn into real concerned and revolutionary citizens real soon. And nobody else is gonna say that. I’m probably the only person that has the balls to say what I’m saying right now.”

“We’re building and we’re organizing and we’ll work with law enforcement or without law enforcement but you won’t stop us when the time comes because our families are starving!” he said.

“This is a warning for what’s coming because it’s not going to be peaceful for much longer! It’s gonna get real!” Zapata said adding he went to war for this country and he’s ready to fight for this country even if it’s against its own citizens.
California has now had more COVID-19 cases than any other state in the Union.

As The Intercept's Robert Mackey recently noted, the Trump White House recently invited a Gateway Pundit correspondent into the briefing room.
On Friday, after Trump twice refused to answer a question from The Associated Press about whether he believes the QAnon conspiracy theory in which he is a central figure, he solicited one from Alicia Powe, a proponent of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory who writes for the far-right Gateway Pundit blog.

Powe, who has claimed that the Clinton Foundation controls the FBI and is stifling investigations of child sex-trafficking rings and the murder of Seth Rich, asked Trump to comment on the accusation that Biden had claimed credit for the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Powe’s question was based on a blog post by the founder of Gateway Pundit, Jim Hoft, which amplified an attack on Biden from the Kremlin-owned site Russia Today. Hoft’s post also quotes the analysis of Heshmat Alavi, a supporter of a militant Iranian cult called the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, who, as my colleague Murtaza Hussain revealed last year, is a fictional character.
GP's Jim Hoft is regularly called "the stupidest man on the Internet." That's wrong. Hoft is a successful purveyor of disinformation who's helping to keep millions of Americans ignorant and receptive to extreme Republican ideas. He's dangerous, not stupid.


UPDATE: I posted a couple of photos of congressional candidate Anna Paulina Luna above, but I didn't mention the slogan that appears on the splash page of her campaign site:

Holy crap.

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