No victim has come forward. There’s no investigation. And physical evidence? That doesn’t exist either.
The victims were children. Many of them are suspected to be Haitian children who might not speak English. You expect them to be able to come forward if these allegations turn out to be true? So if a child is abused, but is scared of their abuser lashing out, they don’t qualify as a victim? Their experience isn’t “physical evidence?” THEY’RE CHILDREN!
But thousands of people are convinced that a pedophilia ring involving people at the highest levels of the Democratic Party is operating out of a Washington pizza restaurant.
They’re convinced because there has been an ongoing investigation via the Internet that the left continues to deny and/or ignore. And one thing the left wing mainstream media is good at doing is hiding or denying stories that right wingers discover. In fact, it’s gotten to a point where if the left ignores it, investigators know they’ve caught onto something big. They tried hiding Bill Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, they tried hiding the “hands up don’t shoot” narrative for Black Lives Matter being a complete lie, and they tried hiding the significance of HRC’s email scandal. Hiding a pedophilia ring would be a new low, but not one that would leave people terribly surprised.
The story riveted fringes of Twitter – nearly a million messages were sent last month using the term “pizzagate”.
So how did this fake story take hold amongst alt-right Trump supporters and other Hillary Clinton opponents?
Let’s start with the facts.
Leftists don’t deal with facts. I’m suspicious already.
In early November, as Wikileaks steadily released piles of emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, one contact caught the attention of prankster sites and people on the paranoid fringes.
James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in Washington. He’s also a big Democratic Party supporter and raised money for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He was once in a relationship with David Brock, an influential liberal operative.
Umm… red flag?!
Alefantis – who’s never met Clinton – appeared in the Podesta emails in connection with the fundraisers.
And from these thin threads, an enormous trove of conspiracy fiction was spun.
Users of 4chan, a message board known for free speech, extreme content and trollish behaviour, began posting speculation and supposed connections gleaned from internet searches. They trawled Alefantis’ Instagram feed for pictures of children and the modern art which lines his restaurant’s walls, and dreamt up a paedophile sex ring involving prominent politicians and political donors.
Research is now trolling? Last I checked research based on evidence found in the Podesta emails isn’t considered “dreamt up” information. It spread like a wild-fire because the emails were suspicious from the start. But the left wasn’t paying attention to the Wikileaks to start with. So why would they give credit to the findings now?
Soon there were protesters outside of Comet Ping Pong. Alefantis even invited some of them in – they filmed the encounter and put it on YouTube.
“They ignore basic truths,” Alefantis tells BBC Trending. For instance, the conspiracy supposedly is run out of the restaurant’s basement. “We don’t even have a basement.”
“Sometimes an innocent picture of a child in a basket is just an innocent picture of a child in a basket and not proof of a child sex trafficking ring,” he says.
Wasn’t one of the pictures of a little girl being held down with duct tape or something?
The conspiracy theory bubbled up from 4chan onto the mainstream internet when a Reddit user posted a long document with all of the “evidence” several days before the US election. It first appeared on a section of the site popular with Donald Trump supporters from the extremist white nationalist alt-right.
The alt-right is not an extremist white nationalist group. It doesn’t matter how many times the left repeats that narrative. What the alt-right DOES value is preserving the white race, which is seeing birth rates fall dramatically. If it were any other race, there would be widespread concern.
And why does this document being posted on a site regarding Trump negate it’s viability as evidence?
Nice try, BBC. I’m not buying it.