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Fox Hosts To Headline GOP Fundraisers Despite Network's ‘Policy’

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

Fox hosts Larry Kudlow and Tomi Lahren are scheduled to participate in Republican Party fundraisers in the coming weeks. The two network employees are doing campaign events even though Fox claims it has a policy against such practices.

Fox News said in 2018 that it "does not condone any talent participating in campaign events." Media Matters, however, has exhaustively documented how the self-described news network has inconsistently enforced that supposed policywith its personnel over the years.

Kudlow is a former Trump administration official who hosts the Fox Business program Kudlow. Lahren hosts the Fox Nation programs Final Thoughts and No Interruption. Both are also Fox News contributors.

Kudlow is scheduled to keynote the Bridgeport Republican Town Committee Lincoln Day Dinner in Connecticut on August 7. Tickets for the event, which is also set to feature former Trump administration official Linda McMahon, range from $100 to $250.

Lahren is scheduled to speak at the Sumter County Republican Party's Red White and Blue BBQ and Valor Awards in Florida on July 22. Tickets for the event, which is also set to feature toxic commentator and former Sheriff David Clarke, are $100.

Former Gaetz Fan Hannity Leaves Him For Dead

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) owes his political rise to Fox News. Politicians gain powerin the modern GOP by grabbing and holding the attention of the base, and the easiest way to do that is through its most trusted media outlet. The Florida backbencher understands this structure and gained a national profile in his first two terms by fervently supporting Donald Trump and denouncing the former president's foes in near-constant appearances on the right-wing network. He also won the favor of Trump himself, who watches Fox regularly and appreciated the Congressman's zeal.

It seems, however, that Fox has now abandoned Gaetz at his moment of greatest need.

Gaetz has been engulfed in scandal following The New York Times' March 30 report that he has been under federal investigation for alleged sex trafficking. The congressman has spent the last week denying that he had sex with a minor or paid women of legal age for sex, declining to comment on reports that he showed nude photos of women he claimed to have had sex with to other members on the House floor, and drawing lackluster defenses from colleagues speaking on the record and descriptions of "cartoonishly scandalous" behavior anonymously. But Fox devoted a mere 45 minutes to the Gaetz saga through Tuesday -- and nearly three-quarters of that coverage came in the first 24 hours, with the network providing sparse coverage of subsequent revelations.

Perhaps the most notable absence from Gaetz's defense is prime-time host Sean Hannity. Even as Gaetz responded to the allegations by spinning the sort of convoluted tale of deep state conspiracy and right-wing victimhood that seems tailor-made for Hannity's program, the Fox star has seemingly left him for dead.

Gaetz is a Hannity fixture. Since August 2017, he made 127 appearances on the program, roughly 41 percent of the 310 interviews he gave the network overall (including a disastrous turn on Tucker Carlson Tonight to respond to the initial Times report), according to Media Matters' database of weekday programming. Gaetz is the eleventh most-frequent Hannity guest over that period, and ranks second to Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) among guests who have not served as paid Fox contributors.

Yet the Fox star has not mentioned the embattled Congressman's travails -- not on his prime-time TV show, not on his nationally syndicated radio show, not on his website, and not on Twitter.

Moreover, Hannity's relationship with Gaetz extends beyond the congressman's constant presence in his show's green room. He campaigned with Gaetz and then-Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who successfully ran for governor, on July 2, 2018, in stops at Fort Myers, Tampa, and Pensacola. The Fox News host promoted the events online, while Gaetz's campaign posted a promotional video of Hannity praising him on Fox to its Facebook page (the video was later removed).

During the campaign event in Pensacola, Gaetz said of Hannity:

REP. MATT GAETZ (R-FL): I've got to thank Sean Hannity, you know, because, you know, you all just gave me this job about 18 months ago. I took the position. And you probably don't see too many freshmen members of Congress out there as frequently and working as hard and making sure that we're holding people accountable. But Sean Hannity gives me a platform almost every night to get out there and tell it like it is. And I thank him for that.


Hannity, in turn, repeatedly described Gaetz as the Mickey Mantle of Congress, a reference to the legendary New York Yankees slugger, and said:

SEAN HANNITY: We have as a result of the policies that these two men have also fought, and I know because I'm working the phones every day and it's the Freedom Caucus, it's this young Mickey Mantle over here. And it's your next governor over there. They're the ones fighting the hardest for the president, it's not -- listen, I'm pretty disappointed with a lot of Republicans. I'll be honest. There are a lot of RINOs, yes. The Freedom Caucus literally is the lifeblood of what is making Congress work today, and they're in the heart of it. And I'm very thankful to both of you for what you do every day, which is why it's an honor to share the stage with both of you.


Earlier in the day, Hannity also spoke in Fort Myers, where he referred to Gaetz offstage as "a rising rock star. That's why The Washington Post wants to write about his girlfriend in sixth grade."

Gaetz subsequently claimed to have won "the endorsement of Sean Hannity" in a post-event Facebook post.

Campaigning for politicians in this manner technically violated the ethics rules Fox would later claim it had for network employees, but its enforcement for stars like Hannity has proven haphazard at best.

Hannity, who spent the Trump administration operating as a sometime political fixer for the then-president and his associates, has also strategized with Gaetz behind the scenes. Texts between the two, revealed by the House Ethics Committee during its investigation of Gaetz's February 2019 tweet threatening former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen with retaliation on the eve of his House testimony, show Hannity counseling the congressman on how to respond to the mounting furor. The Fox host praised Gaetz for quickly deleting the tweet and suggested he lay low for "a while."

Trump himself, after a week of ignoring Gaetz's scandals while his former aides anonymously savaged the congressman, finally weighed in on Wednesday after the Times reported that Gaetz had sought a blanket pardon from him in the waning days of his presidency. "Congressman Matt Gaetz has never asked me for a pardon," Trump said in a statement. "It must also be remembered that he has totally denied the accusations against him."

Perhaps that will be the spark that gets Hannity to finally address Gaetz's predicament. Or perhaps Hannity will stick with the advice he texted Gaetz amid the Cohen drama: "It will pass. Attention span of people is zero."

Research contributions from Rob Savillo

Violence-Prone Capitol Rioter Harassed Omar And Tlaib With Greene In 2019

CNN recently reported that conservative livestreamer and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene ally Anthony Aguero, who has a history of violence, recently admitted that he entered the Capitol as part of the deadly January 6 insurrection attempt. Aguero previously went to the Capitol with Greene in February 2019, where they attempted to harass Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for being Muslim.

Before getting elected, Greene was a right-wing commentator who frequently encouraged violence against members of Congress and pushed dangerous conspiracy theories. She has repeatedly targeted Muslims, including Omar and Tlaib.

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CPAC Promoted Virulently Anti-Semitic Conspiracist As Featured Speaker

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

Research contributions by Alex Walker

Update (2/22/21): CPAC has cancelled Young Pharaoh's scheduled appearance following the publication of this article. Young Pharaoh's information has also been removed from CPAC's website. The theme of this year's gathering is "American Uncanceled."

Leading Republican officials are set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week along with a virulently anti-Semitic speaker named Young Pharaoh.

Young Pharaoh is an online commentator who has told followers that Judaism is a "complete lie" and "made up for political gain," said that Jewish people are "thieving fake Jews," tweeted that "all the censorship & pedophilia on social media is being done by Israeli Jews," and claimed that "all of these big tech [companies], media, & social media platforms are controlled by CCP & Israel through Jewish CEO & corrupt Democrats." Young Pharaoh has also attacked conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for being Jewish. He's additionally promoted the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories and falsely claimed that coronavirus vaccines will "alter your DNA."

The American Conservative Union and ACU Chair Matt Schlapp run CPAC, which is scheduled for February 25-28 in Orlando, Florida. On its website, CPAC describes itself as "the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world. Launched in 1974, CPAC brings together hundreds of conservative organizations, thousands of activists, millions of viewers and the best and brightest leaders in the world." This year's speakers include former President Donald Trump, Govs. Ron DeSantis (FL) and Kristi Noem (SD), and numerous other leading Republicans.

According to its schedule, CPAC is hosting Young Pharaoh during a Sunday session called "Please Check the Number and Dial Again: Doubt, Dysfunction, and the Price of Missed Opportunities." CPAC states on its website that Young Pharaoh is a "Philosopher, Scholar, Musician" and links to his Twitter account. CPAC also links to youngpharaoh.net -- that site redirects to "Pharaoh Aten University," which features Young Pharaoh's videos spreading conspiracy theories about vaccines and the "new world order."

Young Pharaoh has posted numerous anti-Semitic tweets. He's also frequently promoted dangerous conspiracy theories. Here is a sampling of the tweets on his CPAC-promoted account.

Anti-Semitism

Young Pharaoh: "THERE IS NO #HISTORICAL OR #SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE PROVING THE EXISTENCE OF #JEWS OR #JUDAISM... ITS ALL A COMPLETE #LIE. … COMPLETELY MADE UP FOR #POLITICAL GAIN."

Young Pharaoh anti-Semitic tweet: "THERE IS NO #HISTORICAL OR #SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1283753225661947910

Young Pharaoh: "'AMEN' IS A STOLEN TERM BY THIEVING #FAKE #JEWS. … THE HEBREW #LANGUAGE I MADE UP FANTASY."

Young Pharaoh: "'AMEN' IS A STOLEN TERM BY THIEVING #FAKE #JEWS"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1346000845876428800

Young Pharaoh: "ALL THE #CENSORSHIP & #PEDOPHILIA ON #SOCIALMEDIA IS BEING DONE BY #ISRAELI #JEWS."

Young Pharaoh: "ALL THE #CENSORSHIP & #PEDOPHILIA ON #SOCIALMEDIA IS BEING DONE BY #ISRAELI #JEWS"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1288470136500948992

Young Pharaoh: "ALL OF THESE #BIGTECH COMAPNIES, #MEDIA, & #SOCIALMEDIA PLATFORMS ARE CONTROLLED BY #CCP & #ISRAEL THROUGH #JEWISH #CEO & CORRUPT #DEMOCRATS."

Young Pharaoh: "ALL OF THESE #BIGTECH COMAPNIES, #MEDIA, & #SOCIALMEDIA PLATFORMS ARE CONTROLLED BY #CCP & #ISRAEL THROUGH #JEWISH #CEO & CORRUPT #DEMOCRATS"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1287422450528129024

Young Pharaoh: "YOU SOUND STUPID, THERE ISNT A #JEW ON THIS PLANET I WOULDBT DESTROY IN A #DEBATE."

Young Pharaoh: "YOU SOUND STUPID, THERE ISNT A #JEW ON THIS PLANET I WOULDBT DESTROY IN A #DEBATE"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1286855591596560389

Young Pharaoh: "HEARD YOUR A #JEW, YOU MAN ENOUGH YO TAKE THIS #DEBATE & GET DESTROYED?"

Young Pharaoh: "HEARD YOUR A #JEW, YOU MAN ENOUGH YO TAKE THIS #DEBATE & GET DESTROYED?"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1286847223033212933

Young Pharaoh: "IM GETTING #READY TO EXPOSE #ISRAEL, #WAYFAIR, & MUCH MORE... ALOT OF THE CONTENT TOWARDS THE #JEWS WILL BE POSTED INSIDE OF MY WEBSITE."

Young Pharaoh: "IM GETTING #READY TO EXPOSE #ISRAEL, #WAYFAIR, & MUCH MORE... ALOT OF THE CONTENT TOWARDS THE #JEWS WILL BE POSTED INSIDE OF MY WEBSITE"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1282115906932547589

Conspiracy Theories

Young Pharaoh: "@realDonaldTrump @FBI #INVESTIGATE @Twitter #QANON #WEG1WGA." Young Pharaoh has also repeatedly promoted the QAnon hashtag "WWG1WGA."

Young Pharaoh: "@realDonaldTrump @FBI #INVESTIGATE @Twitter #QANON #WEG1WGA"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1288003414564261888

Young Pharaoh: "THE #CORONAVIRUS DIDNT WORK SO THEY STAGED A #RIOT TO TRY & #INSTITUTE #MARTIALLAW."

Young Pharaoh: "THE #CORONAVIRUS DIDNT WORK SO THEY STAGED A #RIOT TO TRY & #INSTITUTE #MARTIALLAW"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1266570049608966144

Young Pharaoh pushed the false claim that coronavirus vaccines will "alter your DNA." The coronavirus vaccine will not alter people's DNA.

Young Pharaoh: "THE COVID TEST, & VACCINES ALTER YOUR DNA WITH NANO TECH"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1336712648591863811

Young Pharaoh promoted the "Frazzledrip" conspiracy theory. For more on the "Frazzledrip" conspiracy theory, which was also promoted by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) go here.

Young Pharaoh promotes "Frazzledrip" meme

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1262933098326560769

Young Pharaoh has repeatedly promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. Young Pharaoh hasposted tweets promoting the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. Here is one example:

Young Pharaoh promotes Pizzagate conspiracy theory

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1278100344489365504

"GEORGE FLOYD, RIOTS, & ANNONYMOUS EXPOSED AS DEEP STATE PSYOP FOR NWO!" Young Pharaoh's conspiracy theory video was posted on YouTube.

Young Pharaoh: "GEORGE FLOYD, RIOTS, & ANNONYMOUS EXPOSED AS DEEP STATE PSYOP FOR NWO!"

https://twitter.com/PHARAOH_ATEN_/status/1267490360613318656

Here’s The Definitive Guide To Rep. Greene’s Crackpot Conspiracies And Toxic Blab

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

Portions of this guide were originally published on October 15, 2020. It has been updated with new examples in light of Greene becoming a member of Congress.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is a Republican member of Congress from Georgia who has recently been appointed by her GOP colleagues to serve on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Greene is a conspiracy theorist who has also promoted racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic rhetoric. She made many of those remarks as a right-wing commentator before she ran for Congress.

The following is a guide to Greene's conspiracy theories and toxic rhetoric.

Greene is a QAnon conspiracy theorist. The QAnon conspiracy theory is based on cryptic posts to online message boards from an anonymous user known as "Q" that have spread rampantly on social media and among fringe right-wing media. QAnon conspiracy theorists essentially believe that former President Donald Trump has been secretly working to take down the purported "deep state," a supposed cabal of satanic high-ranking officials who they claim are operating pedophile rings. The FBI has labeled the conspiracy theory as a potential domestic terror threat. Greene has repeatedly expressed support for QAnon, including posting pro-QAnon messages on social media and calling "Q" a "patriot" who is "worth listening to."

Greene has a history of bigoted comments. Politico's Ally Mutnick and Melanie Zanona reported in June that Greene has "suggested that Muslims do not belong in government; thinks black people 'are held slaves to the Democratic Party'; called George Soros, a Jewish Democratic megadonor, a Nazi; and said she would feel 'proud' to see a Confederate monument if she were black because it symbolizes progress made since the Civil War."

Greene heavily promoted the false claim that Trump actually won the 2020 election. Greene frequently promoted the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. She also objected to the certification of President Joe Biden's victory. Greene's rhetoric helped incite the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Greene endorsed the conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged.In June 2018, Greene agreed with a Facebook commenter who claimed that "none of the school shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them," including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Parents of the Sandy Hook victims have denounced Greene.

Greene on Facebook in 2018: Parkland school shooting was a false flag planned event. Greene (R-GA) agreed with a June 2018 Facebook comment that the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was actually a "false flag" planned event. She agreed with a separate 2018 Facebook commenter who claimed that "none of the school shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them," including at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Parkland survivors and families of the victims have heavily criticized Greene.

Greene: "I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that 'we need another school shooting' in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control."Greene wrote that in a December 2018 Facebook post.

Greene heckled Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg, calling him a "coward." Greene's taunting of Hogg happened during a visit to Washington, D.C., in March 2019.

Greene repeatedly endorsed using violence against Democrats. CNN's Em Steck and Andrew Kaczynski reported that "Greene repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress. … In one post, from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said 'a bullet to the head would be quicker' to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her eyes, were part of the 'deep state' working against Trump."

Greene agreed that 9/11 "was done by our own gov[ernment]." On Greene's Facebook page in June 2018, a commenter wrote a long comment which included the false claim that "911 was done by our own Gov." Greene responded in the comments thread by writing, "That is all true." She also liked that comment.

Greene falsely claimed that there's no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.In a 2018 video, Greene discussed the September 11 attacks and falsely said that there was "the so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon. It's odd there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon." The claim that there was "never any evidence" of a plane hitting the Pentagon is a refrain of 9/11 conspiracy theories. (In reality, video and photographicevidence show a plane hit the Pentagon.) After she was heavily criticized, Greene tweeted that she was supposedly "being attacked for my opposition to open borders and globalist neocon nation building wars" and said: "Some people claimed a missile hit the Pentagon. I now know that is not correct. The problem is our government lies to us so much to protect the Deep State, it's hard sometimes to know what is real and what is not."

Greene pushed conspiracy theory about the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway wrote that in a 2017 video, "Greene mused about the possibility that the Las Vegas massacre was a massive conspiracy intended to help pass gun control measures. … Five months later, on Facebook, Greene passed along rumors of an FBI cover-up in its investigation of the Las Vegas massacre. Federal and local authorities would eventually conclude that Paddock did indeed act alone, a verdict that Greene says she now accepts."

Greene visited Congress and tried to get Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are Muslim, to retake their oaths on the Bible. In February 2019, Greene filmed herself unsuccessfully trying to interrogate Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). During the video, she falsely claimed that they're illegitimate members of Congress because they took their congressional oaths of office on the Quran and said she wanted to make them retake their oaths on the Bible. Greene also said she wanted to tell them they "really should go back to the Middle East if they support Sharia." In addition to being bigoted, her remarks are also ignorant as their oaths were legitimate and neither representative is from the Middle East.

Greene shared an anti-Muslim video that portrays Jewish people as trying to destroy Europe through immigration. In December 2018, Greene shared an anti-refugee video and claimed, "This is what the UN wants all over the world." The video features anti-Muslim propaganda, quotes an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier saying that "Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation" and, as one reporter wrote, "implies that Jews are at the heart of a project to destroy Europe as we know it."

Greene penned a conspiracy theory that the deadly 2018 Camp Fire in California was started by a space laser beam run by nefarious entities, including "Rothschild Inc." Greene wrote a November 2018 Facebook post in which she speculated that, among others, a senior official at "Rothschild Inc, international investment banking firm," was somehow involved in the 2018 Camp Fire and suggested the fire was caused by a beam from "space solar generators." Jewish groups have criticized Greene for the anti-Semitism in her conspiracy theory.

Greene endorsed a deranged conspiracy theory about Democrats and satanic child murder. On Facebook in February 2018, Greene endorsed a conspiracy theory -- known as "Frazzledrip" -- that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was videotaped murdering a child during a satanic ritual and she then ordered a hit on a police officer who had seen the video to cover it up.

Greene in 2019 suggested Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced with a body double. During a February 2019 appearance on a streaming program, Greene said that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- who died in September 2020 -- didn't really make a public appearance, implying she was replaced by a body double.

Greene falsely implicated Hillary Clinton in the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. During a video that was posted in 2018, Greene said of Clinton and Kennedy Jr., who died in a 1999 plane crash: "So she has to run for Senate, right? So she runs for Senate in New York City. OK, so she becomes senator in New York City. And yes, I could dive into Kennedy getting killed in the plane crash because isn't it interesting that he had announced he was going to run for Senate just before he died in a mysterious plane crash? But anyway, so that's another one of those Clinton murders, right?"

Greene liked a meme claiming that Democrats have used the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for human trafficking, pedophilia, and organ harvesting. Greene liked a meme that was posted to her Facebook page in June 2018 claiming that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Clinton, former President Barack Obama "and their Democrat friends … can't have Trump repeal DACA as it would show DACA was used by them … for human trafficking pedophilia in high places and organ harvesting." (The meme has since been removed.)

Greene said that "the only way you get your freedoms back is it's earned with the price of blood.'" Mothers Jones' Mark Follman reported that in an October 27 video, Greene "warned ominously about fending off 'socialists' like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, claiming they would confiscate Americans' guns. 'If this generation doesn't stand up and defend freedom, it's gone,' Greene said, addressing viewers. 'And once it's gone, freedom doesn't come back by itself. The only way you get your freedoms back is it's earned with the price of blood.'"

Greene called the 2018 pipe bomb packages to members of Congress and others a hoax. Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, pipe bombs were mailed to CNN, prominent Democrats, and members of Congress. Greene responded to the news by telling her social media followers that the packages were a hoax perpetrated by the targeted people and the left in an "attempt to create a blue wave."

Greene claimed that the Obama administration used MS-13 to assassinate Seth Rich. Greene said in a 2018 video that the Obama administration had the violent MS-13 street gang murder Democratic staffer Seth Rich. Greene's unhinged claim echoes a post by someone purporting to be "Q."

Greene falsely claimed that Obama is "a Muslim" and that he "opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims." In 2018, Greene falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett are Muslims, stating: "Yes. I do believe he is a Muslim. And yes, Valerie Jarrett is, too." She used those purported facts to launch a bigoted attack that "Obama opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims."

Greene promoted the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton has killed her political enemies.NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny reported in August that Greene penned "dozens of articles" for the now-defunct conspiracy theory website American Truth Seekers and she "wrote favorably of the QAnon conspiracy theory, suggested that Hillary Clinton murdered her political enemies, and ruminated on whether mass shootings were orchestrated to dismantle the Second Amendment."

Greene pushed the Pizzagate conspiracy theory and speculated that the white nationalist riot in Charlottesville was an "inside job." CNN's Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck reported in August that Greene's writing on the American Truth Seekers website included "speculating that the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to one counter-protester's death was an 'inside job' and promoting a debunked conspiracy alleging some Democratic Party leaders were running a human-trafficking and pedophilia ring -- known as 'Pizzagate'-- was real."

Greene posted a picture of herself holding a gun next to a montage of members of "the Squad." As CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi wrote that in September 2018, Greene posted "an image of herself holding a gun alongside images of Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib and encouraged going on the 'offense against these socialists.'" Facebook later removed the photo for violating its policies.

Greene praised militia members as people who can protect the country from "a tyrannical government." In 2018, Greene gave a speech after various militia members appeared on stage at a rally in Washington, D.C. She praised the militia members as being "the very definition of our Second Amendment. Because when our government gets to a place where it's a tyrannical government, we're guaranteed the right to bear arms and make a state militia so that they do not run us over."

Greene attacked women who are gun safety activists by saying they "need to grow some balls." In a 2019 video, Greene said of the gun safety organization Moms Demand Action: "All these moms that demand action -- moms that demand action: You need to grow some balls. And the problem is you don't have balls. We need dads. Because most dads, unless they're a bunch of beta male, wussy, feminized men, are going to say, 'Yeah, put guys, put good guys, good women with guns at our kids' schools and protect our kids and stop these damn school shootings.'" She later claimed that men are being "whipped by these women," who are purportedly "attacking men in this country."

After the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Greene called her Democratic colleagues "the enemies to the American people" and vowed they "will be held accountable." Shortly after the pro-Trump insurrection at the Capitol, Greene used her Facebook and Twitter accounts to attack her Democrats for supposedly being "enemies to the American people." She added that they "will be held accountable."

QAnon's Rep. Greene Endorsed 9/11 And School Shooting Conspiracy Theories Too

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

In a newly uncovered exchange, Marjorie Taylor Greene in 2018 agreed with a Facebook commenter who claimed that 9/11 "was done by our own gov[ernment]" and that "none of the school shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them," including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Media Matters reported earlier this week that Greene agreed in 2018 that the Parkland shooting was actually a false flag planned event. She also wrote in a separate post that she had supposedly been "told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that 'we need another school shooting' in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control."

Greene's remarks have led to condemnation, including from Parkland survivors and Fred Guttenberg, who is the father of shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg. (The Republican House leadership does not appear to have commented on her remarks.)

Greene, who was previously a right-wing commentator, won election in 2020 as a Republican in Georgia's 14th Congressional District. She has frequently pushed conspiracy theories and toxic rhetoric. Greene has supported the QAnon conspiracy theory and attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

On June 2, 2018, Greene posted a link to a piece on the conspiracy theory website The Gateway Pundit about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server and wrote, in part, that "the people in power stop the truth and control and stall investigations, then provide cover for the real enemies of our nation. Why? Because they are ALL in it together, the swamp, is one gigantic cesspool of both Democrats and Republicans, and many in all of the intel agencies."

In the comments section, someone responded: "True they are fused by the bonds of mutual criminal treason." Someone later replied by claiming that "911 was done by our own Gov"; that the Parkland school shooting was actually "a deep state warning to the pocket puppets in the house and senate" and "fake" ; that "none of the School shootings were real or done by the ones who were supposedly arrested for them, They are just the image of the shooting"; and that Sandy Hook was a "STAGGED [sic] SHOOTING," among other conspiracy theories.

The second commenter also said there are messages in the Georgia Guidestones and claimed that certain people "are all about killing off 6.8 Billion of the 7.3 billion people on Earth." The Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument in Elberton, Georgia, that has attracted the attention of conspiracy theorists who believe it is a tribute to the "New World Order," a group of elites who supposedly control the world.

Greene liked the post pushing those various conspiracy theories. She also wrote in the thread: "That is all true. By the way, I've seen the Georgia guide stones."

Here is Greene's interaction on Facebook:

Marjorie Taylor Greene Facebook thread and like on comment

https://www.facebook.com/MarjorieTaylorGreene/posts/1918009011822533?comment_id=1918044201819014&reply_comment_id=1918305981792836

Last year, Media Matters reported that she falsely claimed in a 2018 video that there's no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. After receiving heavy criticism, Greene claimed that she was supposedly "being attacked for my opposition to open borders and globalist neocon nation building wars" and said: "Some people claimed a missile hit the Pentagon. I now know that is not correct. The problem is our government lies to us so much to protect the Deep State, it's hard sometimes to know what is real and what is not."

Republicans have embraced Greene. The National Republican Congressional Committee included Greene in its 2020 Young Guns recruitment and fundraising program. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has welcomed her into the Republican caucus and defended her during a November 12 news conference. McCarthy's Twitter header image is a picture of him alongside the Republican freshman class, with Greene a few spots away from McCarthy.

Kevin McCarthy's Twitter header picture features him alongside Republicans including Marjorie Taylor Greene

https://twitter.com/GOPLeader

Rep. Greene Claimed Parkland School Shooting Was ‘False Flag’ Planned Event

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

In a previously unreported interaction, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) agreed with a 2018 Facebook comment that the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was actually a "false flag" planned event.

In a separate Facebook post in 2018, Greene also claimed: "I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that 'we need another school shooting' in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control."

Greene was a right-wing commentator before successfully running for Congress in Georgia's 14th Congressional District. She has pushed the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories; falsely claimed that there's no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11; labeled the 2018 pipe bomb packages to members of Congress and others a hoax; accused the Obama administration of killing former Democratic staffer Seth Rich; and pushed anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic rhetoric, among other things.

Greene has frequently used social media to spread misinformation, toxic rhetoric, and conspiracy theories. Twitter recently suspended Greene's Twitter account for 12 hours after she spread lies about the U.S. Senate elections in Georgia.

On February 14, 2018, a gunman took the lives of 17 people in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The tragedy spurred survivors to become activists and call for new gun laws.

The shooting also resulted in conspiracy theories, including the claim that it was a "false flag" event -- an incident that is either faked or planned by someone other than the actual perpetrator -- to take away people's guns. Those toxic claims were especially spread through right-wing and social media.

Greene, now a member of Congress, was one of those people who spread such claims on Facebook. In 2018, she posted a story about disgraced Broward County sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson receiving a retirement pension.

In the comments section, someone wrote: "It's called a pay off to keep his mouth shut since it was a false flag planned shooting." Greene replied: "Exactly."

Marjorie Taylor Greene agrees with comment that Parkland shooting was a false flag planned shooting

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Another commenter wrote: "Kick back for going along with the evil plan. You know it's not for doing a good job." Greene replied: "My thoughts exactly!! Paid to do what he did and keep his mouth shut!"

Marjorie Taylor Greene on Parkland shooting:

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At the end of 2018, Greene also wrote a Facebook post claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants more school shootings to enact gun laws. She wrote: "Most Americans are asleep and pay no attention to the real civil war that is happening right now in our country. There are only a small percentage of people who are wide awake. This is no longer about political parties, but truly about nationalism versus globalism and freedom versus socialism and elitism versus the people and at it's core good versus evil." As evidence, she later claimed:

Adding to this deluge of lies, the Democrats in the House also have a priority of passing strict gun control. It is number one on their agenda starting in January. They want to ban "assault weapons" aka semi-automatic guns, and use mental illness as a reason people cannot own guns. If PTSD is on the mental illness list then that will wipe out millions of veterans in our country as gun owners. That cannot happen!!! Also, they are going to try to pass strict gun control on the state level as well. This war on our second amendment is going to continue and must be fought. I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that "we need another school shooting" in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.

In March 2019, before she was elected to Congress, Greene heckled Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg.

CNN's Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck previously reported in August 2020 that Greene wrote for the now-defunct website American Truth Seekers. That website also "questioned if the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a 'massive false flag.'"

Texas Outfit Linked To Assault Over ‘Voter Fraud’ Promotes Conspiracies And Violence

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A former police captain was arrested and charged with assaulting an air conditioner repairman whom he falsely suspected of carrying 750,000 fraudulent ballots in his truck. The organization allegedly paying the former cop to prove supposed election fraud is led by a QAnon conspiracy theorist, and its Facebook page is filled with conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office stated on December 15 that it had arrested and charged former Houston Police Capt. Mark Anthony Aguirre "with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison." The office stated:

According to Aguirre, he had been conducting surveillance on the victim for four days under a theory the victim was the mastermind of a giant fraud, and there were 750,000 fraudulent ballots in a truck he was driving. Instead, the victim turned out to be an innocent and ordinary air conditioner repairman.
Aguirre ran his SUV into the back of the truck to get the technician to stop and get out, according to the document. When the technician got out of the truck, Aguirre, pointed a handgun at the technician, forced him to the ground and put his knee on the man's back – an image captured on the body-worn camera of a police officer.
Aguirre directed police to a parking lot nearby where another suspect, who has not been identified, took the truck. There were no ballots in the truck. It was filled with air conditioning parts and tools.

According to the district attorney's office, Aguirre was working for the Liberty Center for God and Country and "never told police that he had been paid a total of $266,400 … with $211,400 of that amount being deposited into his account the day after the incident."

Right-wing commentator and Republican donor Steven Hotze is the CEO of The Liberty Center for God and Country. The Texas Tribune reported that "Jared Woodfill, a spokesperson and attorney for Hotze, confirmed that the Liberty Center hired a company led by Aguirre to investigate voter fraud ahead of the 2020 election."

Hotze is a QAnon and coronavirus conspiracy theorist who has claimed that COVID-19 is "much ado about nothing" and speculated that the "deep state could have been the ones that orchestrated this whole viral problem with the virus." He is also an anti-LGBTQ bigot and a grifter. Additionally, Hotze helped lead an unsuccessful effort to throw out ballots cast in drive-thru voting in Harris County, Texas. (Since the election, Trump and his right-wing media allies have been on a desperate quest to overturn the election results by hyping false, evidence-free claims of voter fraud.)

In June, Hotze left a voice message for Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) saying that he should order the National Guard "to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That's the only way you restore order. Kill 'em. Thank you."

The Liberty Center for God and Country's Facebook page is a cesspool of conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric. (The organization's Facebook page often mirrors or reposts content from Hotze's Facebook page.) Facebook has had numerous problems over the years with such toxic content on its platform.





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Right-Wing Grifters Using ’Stolen Election’ To Scam Republican Suckers

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Democrats did not "steal" the presidential election, but that hasn't stopped right-wing personalities from grifting their followers by asking for money to supposedly help President Donald Trump stage a coup and overturn the results.

Media Matters has documented over the years how conservative media figures have frequently grifted and scammed their audiences. So it's no surprise that right-wingers have seized on Trump's lies about the "stolen" 2020 election to get money from readers.

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Sen. Collins Relying On Trump Advisers Gingrich And Rove

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has been trying to publicly distance herself from President Donald Trump while she runs a difficult reelection campaign. But on her email list, Collins and her campaign have frequently turned to Fox News contributors and Trump advisers Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove for fundraising help.

Collins is running for reelection in Maine, where Trump is badly trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in polling. She has received scrutiny over her support for major Trump policies, including her vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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NBC Commentator and GOP Shill Hugh Hewitt Is Paid By Trump Campaign

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NBC's Meet the Press hosted right-wing radio host and NBC News commentator Hugh Hewitt, who talked up President Donald Trump's reelection chances and touted his "sort of powerful energy on conservative media" for Republicans this week after being released from the hospital. In addition to the absurdity of hosting a dishonest shill like Hewitt, host Chuck Todd did not disclose that Hewitt has a financial tie to Trump's campaign: Last month, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee twice rented Hewitt's newsletter to raise money.

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Georgia GOP Nominee Greene Circulated Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Video

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Less than two years ago, right-wing commentator and Republican House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene shared an anti-refugee video and claimed that "this is what the UN wants all over the world." The Greene-promoted video features anti-Muslim propaganda, quotes an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier saying that "Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation" and, as one reporter wrote, "implies that Jews are at the heart of a project to destroy Europe as we know it."

The video, which originated on the far-right message board 8chan in 2015, has been celebrated by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Greene is heavily favored to win her race in Georgia's 14th Congressional District. She has expressed support for the violence-linked QAnon conspiracy theory, which the FBI has labeled a potential domestic terror threat. Conspiracy theories researcher Mike Rothschild has written that "anti-Semitism has been part of the fabric of QAnon since the conspiracy theory first launched" in October 2017.

Greene has also pushed conspiracy theories about 9/11, the killing of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, the mail bombs sent around the time of the 2018 midterm elections, and Pizzagate.

Politico reported in June that Greene posted Facebook videos in which she expressed "racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views," including stating that "there is an Islamic invasion into our government offices right now" and that "you saw after midterm elections what we saw so many Muslims elected."

Greene has the support of leading Republicans and has been "invited to attend President Trump's acceptance speech Thursday evening at the White House."

Media Matters found that before running for Congress, Greene promoted a video that attacked Muslims and refugees and pushed anti-Semitic messages.

On December 9, 2018, Greene shared a link to a video along with the comment: "This is what the UN wants all over the world with the UN Global Migration Compact to be signed Dec 10-11 in Morocco. But I'm still banned on my fb pages from going live, for using the term 'illegal invaders', apparently that's hate speech!"

Her link was to a 19:32 minute video called With Open Gates: The Forced Collective Suicide of European Nations. As reporter Philip Kleinfeld wrote in Vice when it began circulating in 2015, the video "is designed to scare people about the supposed menace of refugees" by using "a mishmash of comically fake and out-of-context footage, bad subtitling and Islamophobic propaganda." He wrote of the racist start of the video:

The video begins with the narrator claiming the other side of the refugee crisis is "how it will change Europe". What follows is a montage of selectively chosen footage designed to present refugees and migrants as violent and dangerous. Some of it is genuine footage from the past 12 months, but a lot of it has absolutely nothing to do with the current crisis. It's just a collection of random footage of people that aren't white in circumstances that aren't stated.

Kleinfeld also noted that the video relies on anti-Semitism to make its points, including using a video clip that was "taken out of its original context and spliced into an anti-refugee film" to imply "that Jews are at the heart of a project to destroy Europe as we know it." He wrote:

AN ANTI-SEMITIC MESSAGE
The message of the video ratchets up the anti-refugee rhetoric to a whole new ideological level, making Britain First look comparatively PC. About nine minutes in, it quotes former BNP leader Nick Griffin saying that an "unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation".
It ends with a quote from Barbara Lerner Spectre, the founding director of the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, who says, "Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that." She's talking about Jews playing a role in making Europe a more tolerant and diverse place. But taken out of its original context and spliced into an anti-refugee film, it implies that Jews are at the heart of a project to destroy Europe as we know it. This is an anti-Semitic trope claiming that immigration is part of a Zionist/Jewish plot to destroy the white race – something the far-right likes to call "white genocide".

Griffin, a racist and Holocaust denier, also states in that clip that the supposed alliance of "leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists" has a "deliberate aim of breeding us out of existence in our own homelands."

The Anti-Defamation League also criticized the video, writing in 2015 that it "uses selective footage of African and Muslim refugees and immigrants to depict them as creating mayhem and destruction throughout Europe." It added that With Open Gates also attempts to give "fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immigration to Europe":

"With Open Gates: The Forced Collective Suicide of European Nations," a virulently anti-refugee propaganda video widely circulated on the Internet has received over four million views on YouTube over the last two weeks. The video uses selective footage of African and Muslim refugees and immigrants to depict them as creating mayhem and destruction throughout Europe.
The video ends with a clip of the founder of a Jewish cultural institute in Sweden, who claims that Jews support efforts to promote multiculturalism in Europe. This segment of the video gives fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immigration to Europe. The statement that accompanied the posting of the video on YouTube blames "Zionist interest" for destroying Europe "from the inside."

The ADL also wrote that "the racist video originated on 8chan, a controversial Internet discussion forum whose 'Politically Incorrect' subforum is notorious for racist and anti-Semitic language," and that it was also extolled by the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer and the white supremacist websites Vanguard News Network and Stormfront. BuzzFeed News' Joseph Bernstein wrote in February 2017 that the video "received some 4 million views in late 2015 before being taken down by YouTube over a copyright claim." He added that it was "first circulated by white supremacist blogs and chans" and "gained social steam until it was picked up by Breitbart, at which point it exploded." And The New York Times wrote in November 2018 that With Open Gates "drew praise from prominent neo-Nazis and white nationalists, and was broadly condemned by anti-hate groups."

Florida GOP Supports Bloodthirsty Bigot Loomer For Congress

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The Republican Party of Florida recently expressed its support for right-wing commentator and congressional candidate Laura Loomer, who has described herself as a "proud Islamophobe," has said that she didn't "care" about the anti-Muslim mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has stated that she's in favor of "more" migrant deaths.

Loomer won the Republican nomination in Florida's 21st Congressional District on August 18. The district is represented by Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel, who is heavily favored to win the race in November.

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The Right-Wing Outlets That Promoted Bannon’s Fraudulent ‘Border Wall’

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Florida veteran Brian Kolfage, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, and two others "orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors" who supported their online crowdfunding campaign effort to construct a barrier on the U.S. southern border, according to an indictment federal prosecutors unsealed Thursday. The group had relied on credulous coverage and support from right-wing media outlets and personalities to drive more than $20 million in donations.

In December 2018, as President Donald Trump prepared to shut down the federal government in hopes of obtaining funds to build his long-sought border wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin suggested that the president's supporters instead crowdfund its construction. "Let the people who support the wall pay for it -- directly and voluntarily," Goodwin wrote.

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QAnon Republican Visited Capitol, Urged Muslim Members To Retake Oath With Bibles

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Republican congressional candidate and right-wing pundit Marjorie Taylor Greene is a bigot both on and offline.

In February 2019, she visited Capitol Hill -- her likely future place of employment -- and filmed herself unsuccessfully trying to interrogate Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). During the video, she falsely claimed that they're illegitimate members of Congress because they took their congressional oaths of office on the Quran and said she wanted to make them retake their oath on the Bible. She also said she wanted to tell them they "really should go back to the Middle East if they support Sharia." In addition to being bigoted, her remarks are also ignorant as their oaths were legitimate and neither representative is from the Middle East.

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Top Republican Consulting Firm Aiding QAnon Senate Candidate In Oregon

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Oregon Republican Senate candidate Jo Rae Perkins has been running a campaign promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. She's been helped by Axiom Strategies, a leading GOP political and media consulting firm that's headed by former Ted Cruz 2016 campaign manager Jeff Roe and employs former Trump acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

QAnon is a violence-linked conspiracy theory based on cryptic posts to online message boards from an anonymous user known as "Q" that have spread rampantly on social media and among fringe right-wing media. QAnon conspiracy theorists essentially believe that President Donald Trump is secretly working to take down the purported "deep state," a supposed cabal of high-ranking officials who they claim are operating pedophile rings.

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Trump Campaign Official Went On QAnon Show To Recruit Volunteers

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In a previously unreported appearance, Trump campaign official Erin Perrine went on a QAnon program to promote President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and recruit volunteers. Perrine encouraged the QAnon audience to "sign up and attend a Trump Victory Leadership Initiative training" and also said that they could "talk to their local GOP party, their state party."

QAnon is a violence-linked conspiracy theory based on cryptic posts to online message boards from an anonymous user known as "Q" that have spread rampantly on social media and among fringe right-wing media. QAnon conspiracy theorists essentially believe that Trump is secretly working to take down the purported "deep state," a supposed cabal of high-ranking officials who they claim are operating pedophile rings.

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