In the age of Trump, far-right conspiracy theories have gripped a large section of his base, birthing one of the most convoluted and bizarre rumors to date, namely the QAnon conspiracy theory — which details a complicated and sometimes nonsensical plot by the “Deep State” against Trump and his supporters.
While most people regurgitate this particular brand of paranoia from behind their keyboards, some have been driven to commit acts of violence after being radicalized online, one example being a 29-year-old North Carolina man whose belief in “Pizza Gate” prompted him to walk into a D.C. pizzeria in 2016 and open fire with an assault weapon, believing he was rescuing children held hostage by a Hillary Clinton-run child sex trafficking ring.
Another example is 25-year-old Anthony Comello, who killed mob underboss Francesco (Franky Boy) Cali of the Gambino crime family. While the murder may have looked like just another mob world hit, it turns out that Comello thought Cali was part of the Deep State and targeted him with the intent of turning him over to the military. During one court appearance after his arrest, Comello flashed a large “Q” that was drawn on the palm of his hand, signifying his belief in QAnon.
Now, as The New York Times reports, Comello’s lawyers are using his belief in QAnon to argue that he’s legally insane.
“He ardently believed that Francesco Cali, a boss in the Gambino crime family, was a prominent member of the deep state, and, accordingly, an appropriate target for a citizen’s arrest,” Comello’s lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb, wrote back in July.
“Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support,” Gottlieb added.
Read The New York Times’ full report on Comello’s insanity case here.
Michigan restaurant owner faces furious backlash for ‘disgusting, racist’ rant about face masks and Black Lives Matter
The owner of a well known Michigan restaurant railed against Black Lives Matter and face masks in a Facebook post this Monday, Michigan Live reports.
The owner, Carl Nelson, later tried to claim that the post was meant for his personal page and was mistakenly posted to the business page for his restaurant, Pronto Pups. The post denounced the BLM movement, praised the Michigan Militia, compared the media to Adolf Hitler, along with other bizarre proclamations.
The View ends in shouting match after Meghan McCain comes out in support of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson
The women of "The View" broke out into an intense debate as they discussed Fox News' Tucker Carlson and his aide that was recently outed for a series of racist online stories.
Conservative co-host Meghan McCain said that she abhors "cancel culture" and argued that at one time or another everyone on "The View" has been the victim of a "cancel culture" attack.
"When we're thinking about cancel culture it makes me sad there seems to be -- we're in a moment in time where there's not a place for people to come together and have civil debates," said McCain. "I worry about that time when we're all going to be siloed in our corners. I like debating with you guys."
‘Grotesque’ GOP willing to put RNC delegate’s lives at risk to prop up Trump’s fading re-election chances: conservative
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin called out Republicans who are forging ahead with a convention in COVID-19-ravaged Florida in August, saying more than a few GOP lawmakers are taking a pass on attending due to personal health concerns, -- but are staying silent about canceling it.
According to the conservative Never-Trumper, the decision to put delegates and other attendees' lives at risk is both "selfish" and grotesque."