There must be something about InfoWars correspondent Dan Bidondi that invites scorn, ridicule, and profanity.
Bidondi, who is best known for the foul-mouthed fulmination he endured from a furious Boston resident over his website’s “false flag” conspiracy theories, was subjected to more verbal abuse last week from a Rhode Island state senator.
The InfoWars correspondent went March 18 to cover a Statehouse rally for stricter gun control laws and was subjected to repeated insults when he confronted lawmakers.
“How do these gun laws take the guns from the criminals?” Bidondi bellowed in a thick Rhode Island accent.
One lawmaker told the conspiracy theorist he seemed to think he had two mouths but one ear, and Bidondi complained that he hadn’t gotten an answer to his question.
So he approached state Sen. Josh Miller, a Democrat from Cranston.
“The Second Amendment shall not be infringed, you people need to understand that,” Bidondi roared.
“Go f*ck yourself,” Miller replied.
“Good comment, sir, thank you,” Bidondi said.
One of Miller’s staffers leaned in toward Bidondi’s microphone and repeated the invitation.
“Yeah, go f*ck yourself,” the staffer said.
Bidondi posted a video clip of the encounter online, repeating the lawmaker’s profane reaction several times, and expressed shock and horror.
“Voters, ask yourself, do you want to re-elect a foul-mouthed anti-constitutional Second Amendment hating senator?” Bidondi said, clutching his rhetorical pearls.
Viewers posted anti-Semitic comments about Miller, who is Jewish, and made thinly veiled threats toward the Democratic state senator and other lawmakers who support gun restrictions.
“If you dare suggest the fact that the vast majority of us crooks are coincidentally of Jewish descent, despite being only 2% of the US population, then that would imply anti-semitism, and we definitely dont want that now do we goyim?!” posted one viewer, called Nordic Nord. “Remember, the most evil people who want to take away your rights are the ‘fascist’ Nazi anti-Semites and not us Zionist Jews in power. heheh yea, that should distract the white guilt ridden goyim scum for longer while we collectively financially and culturally destroy America.”
Miller issued an apology Tuesday, saying that he’d allowed his emotions to take over after watching Bidondi berate and intimidate clergy members, victims of violence, and members of the media.
“After watching him antagonize an elderly veteran he swung his camera my way, which produced a very human and guttural reaction,” Miller said. “I respect both the Second Amendment and the First Amendment. It is important to note that the individual in question was physically removed from a committee room by the Capitol Police later that evening.”
Blogger Steve Ahlquist, who witnessed the encounter, agreed that Bidondi had been harassing others at the Statehouse with “idiotic questions,” and he asked him to stop.
“Anyone who has dealt with Dan ‘false flag’ Bidondi knows that he is not a honest player in the public debate, that he intentionally mocks and goads the people he stalks for impromptu interviews, that he espouses any inane conspiracy theory that pops into his head, and that he actively courts exactly the amount of respect he deserves,” Ahlquist said.
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