So we now have some wing nut who has freaked out over some stupid, demonstrably false, BS conspiracy theory about Hillary and a pizza parlor involving kids and... well, here's the gist:
The man allegedly pointed the gun at a restaurant employee, who managed to escape, then fired the weapon inside the restaurant. There were no reports of injuries, police say. A North Carolina man has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the shooting.
It's a disturbing development in what has already been a weeks-long ordeal for Comet Ping Pong, a kid-friendly pizza restaurant that also hosts live music events.
Internet users have developed a wholly fictitious conspiracy theory that maintains Comet Ping Pong is the site of an international Satanic child sex abuse cabal hosted by powerful Democrats, including Hillary Clinton. Speculation and fabrications tied to the bizarre conspiracy theory have been relentlessly circulated by politically motivated fringe sites.
As NPR's Linda Wertheimer put it last week, even the most cursory examination of "#Pizzagate" reveals stories that are "completely and not very skillfully made up."
One of the key pieces of "evidence," for example, comes from the emails WikiLeaks says came from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. The emails include references to pizza. The conspiracy theory holds that based on how frequently pizza comes up, "pizza" must be code for pedophilia.
This is beyond stupid. Republicans are proving that they are the most gullible dupes on the planet. Every. Single. Day. And it's not just some GOP Gomer in the hills of North Carolina. It's your average Republican, most of the leadership of the GOP, and Trump himself:
Sure, not everyone who thinks Hillary is a bad pol / person are nuts, but the vast majority of Republicans who feel this way are stupid. And that includes several of Trump’s cabinet picks as well as Trump himself - the ones who believe and propagate this stupid BS. Their titles and their stature help legitimize this demonstrably stupid BS and so make it all the more likely that the nuts and maybe even the not-so-nuts act on the stupid BS. This is dangerously stupid and it needs to be called out for what it is.