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Pro-Trump ‘Pizzagate’ troll smears humorist with more phony ‘child sex ring’ charges

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A notorious “alt-right” online troll and “pick-up artist” is trying to smear a liberal humorist and producer with phony pedophilia charges in an online feud that has begun to have real-world consequences, said the Daily Beast on Monday.

Far-right nuisance blogger Mike Cernovich had a key role in spreading the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which alleged that Hillary Clinton and other Democratic operatives were running a child sex ring out of a network of tunnels underneath a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor.

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This month, a Pizzagate believer showed up at the restaurant in question — Comet Ping Pong, which features pizza and ping pong tables — with an assault rifle and opened fire. He later told police he was “investigating” the rumors of a child sex ring in the restaurant.

Now Cernovich is leveling startlingly similar charges against Vic Berger of the video production company Super Deluxe. Berger’s videos about the election earned him profiles in Wired and The New Yorker.

“Weeks ago, Berger posted a video of Cernovich into which he’d inserted requisite funny sound effects,” said the Daily Beast’s Luke O’Neil. “In the weeks following the video’s release, Cernovich and Berger insulted each other on Twitter without real-world consequence.”

However, when Cernovich posted a photo of himself with his newborn daughters, he claims he received taunting messages containing “pedophilia jokes” from two Twitter users who are among the 33,200 users follow Berger.

This sent Cernovich into a rage. He posted a series of videos alleging — while offering no proof whatsoever — that Berger, like Hillary Clinton, is a kingpin in the world of child sex trafficking. He called for investigations of Berger by Child Protective Services and accused him of having “pedophile friends.”

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“Wow. The guy who pals around on Twitter with pedos allegedly has kids,” he said in one tweet. “If true I may have to call Child Protection Services.”

Berger has since received numerous threats and has been bombarded online by Cernovich’s thousands of alt-right followers. He asked Twitter for help against the libelous charges before deciding to take a break from the website.

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“I know that many threats are just assholes online, but after Pizzagate—which Mike pushes, of course—and the guy shooting inside the pizza place last week, I’m nervous to not take anything seriously,” Berger said to the Daily Beast.

“I reported some of the tweets before he deleted them and Twitter only responded once saying it didn’t violate their terms of service. He started tweeting at (comedian) Michael Ian Black, too, about me, and some other people,” he explained. “(He was) just really trying to smear me.”

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“Cernovich shows like 5 tweets of me responding to this guy over the years as if that’s proof he is my best friend. Oh, and on the Periscope, he said my followers call themselves ‘Vic’s Boys’ or something like that. Like that’s what the name of my child sex ring is,” Berger said to O’Neil.


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SNL imagines Alan Dershowitz and Mitt Romney in hell during impeachment trial sketch

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

The skit began with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about impeachment.

They were then joined by Alan Dershowitz, who spoke of his previous clients, Jeff Epstein, O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bülow.

But Dershowitz suffered a heart attack and met the devil in hell, where he was reunited with Epstein.

McConnell then showed up and thanked the devil for teaching him "that thing with Merrick Garland."

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CNN’s Don Lemon collapses on his desk in laugher as guests Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali dunk on Trump

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CNN anchor Don Lemon was infected with a case of the giggles Saturday night while discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Lemon was joined by two hilarious guests, New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali and Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and the new book Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump -- and Democrats from Themselves.

The three were discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with “All Things Considered” host Mary Louise Kelly, where he reportedly demanded she point to Ukraine on a blank map.

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Amy Klobuchar wins endorsement in first in the nation primary from the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) received a big endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.

"If there is to be any realistic challenge to Trump in November, the Democratic nominee needs to have a proven and substantial record of accomplishment across party lines, an ability to unite rather than divide, and the strength and stamina to go toe-to-toe with the Tweeter-in-Chief," the newspaper wrote. "That would be U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She is sharp and witty, with a commanding understanding of both history and the inner workings of Capitol Hill."

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