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Politics reporter @thedailybeast. Author of "Trust the Plan," a book on QAnon for @HarperCollins coming in '23. Fever Dreams pod host.
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Feb 1 5 tweets 3 min read
We have a big story today on Eliza Bleu, the self-proclaimed trafficking victim who's been embraced by Elon Musk and right-wing stars like Tim Pool.

Now Bleu's own friends say the details of her trafficking stories don't make sense.

Thread:

thedailybeast.com/eliza-bleus-ow… Eliza Bleu has told grim stories of her life, claiming she was addicted to meth and forced to live in a gang-land apartment by a high profile athlete. But Bleu's former friends aren't buying it: “That is so not true. She lived in a really cute apartment." thedailybeast.com/eliza-bleus-ow…
Jan 19 12 tweets 3 min read
There's a big feud breaking out tonight between two of the biggest names in right-wing media. It pits Steven Crowder against Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire, all over a $50 million offer for Crowder that he found so offensive he leaked the terms of the offer. Yesterday, Crowder—newly independent and trying to build his own media company—released the terms of the deal without naming DW. Crowder made this out to be a big whistleblower moment, urging his fans to fight "Big Con" (and join his email list, ofc).
Dec 1, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
Kanye's InfoWars appearance is starting off great. Image There's an interesting thing going on with the Kanye saga where these hucksters with big personalities rightly see him as a clout bonanza, but he doesn't let anyone talk — to the extent that he started his InfoWars appearance yelling at people off-camera to stop talking.
Nov 30, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
QAnon believers say they're fighting a pedophile cabal.

Today, I've got a story on a leading Q promoter whose ill-advised defamation lawsuit against a local paper revealed his own criminal relationship and sexually charged text messages with a teenager.

thedailybeast.com/qanon-leader-p… QAnon conspiracy theorist Phil Godlewski has made a lot of money from QAnon and a related multilevel marketing scheme. Earlier this year, he bought a house worth nearly $2 million. But Godlewski has a secret: a decade-old conviction for corrupting a minor. thedailybeast.com/qanon-leader-p…
Nov 29, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Kanye has stormed out of his Tim Pool interview tonight after just 20 minutes, after Pool offered him the slightest pushback to his anti-Semitism. With Nick Fuentes, Milo, and Kanye calling off the interview and leaving the studio, Tim Pool is left to consider the ruins of his much-hyped show tonight: "It was all hype, and then all nothing.”
Nov 14, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
Remember the doctor's group pushing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as Covid cures?

I've got a story today on where the money they earned — at least $10 million — went. It involves a mansion, a $100K private jet trip, and an underwear model. thedailybeast.com/covid-misinfor… The group, America's Frontline Doctors, and its founder Dr. Simone Gold shot onto the scene in mid 2020 after they endorsed HCQ for Covid. They met with Mike Pence and had a big event in DC — you might remember it because the "demon sperm" doctor was part of their group.
Oct 12, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
The Sandy Hook jury verdict is in for the Alex Jones - InfoWars trial in Connecticut, and it's looking enormous. One plaintiff alone is getting $120 million. The massive judgments in the Sandy Hook case against Alex Jones coming in. We're several plaintiffs in, and by my count we're at roughly $761 million in damages demanded from Jones and InfoWars.
Sep 23, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
Trump is really stepping his QAnon outreach — last night he posted a video filled with overt QAnon memes on TruthSocial. This new video might be the most red-pilled QAnon content Trump has ever posted, which is saying something. Filled with references to military tribunals, pedophiles, Satanists, and Punisher skulls.
Aug 23, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Could be a big night for far right activist Laura Loomer. With 36 percent of votes cast, she’s ahead in a House primary by 2.5 percent over the longtime incumbent. If she wins she’ll almost certainly win in the general — meaning America gets Rep. Loomer. It's hard to stress how disruptive Laura Loomer would be in Congress, both to the body and the GOP caucus. She would make Marjorie Taylor Greene look like a team player. She recently said Guantanamo Bay was "too good" for Kevin McCarthy.
Mar 24, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
These text messages between Ginni Thomas, the wife of Clarence Thomas, and Mark Meadows are truly revealed. They reveal that Ginni Thomas is into some heavy-duty QAnon stuff! washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/… Here are some of the QAnon references Ginni Thomas was making. This idea of watermarked ballots being used to catch Democratic voter fraud is big in QAnon, but I'm especially interested in her idea of military "white hats" (in other words, good guys). That's a key QAnon phrase.
Nov 28, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
The world of QAnon has erupted in civil war after QAnon hero Michael Flynn was caught on tape calling QAnon "nonsense." thedailybeast.com/qanon-hero-mic… As proof that QAnon failed, Michael Flynn has been passing around a blog post from a white supremacist radio host that calls for "mass slaughter." thedailybeast.com/qanon-hero-mic…
Jan 10, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
Quick thread about this video I took shortly before the Capitol riot, since Proud Boys leaders like Gavin McInnes are now claiming the guys in orange hats aren't Proud Boys. Whether the guys in orange are Proud Boys has suddenly become a very relevant issue to PB leadership after the WSJ reported that a group of people in orange hats — whether the same people or not — helped set off the first attacks on the capitol.
Jan 6, 2021 17 tweets 5 min read
I’m covering today’s Trump protests in DC, where thousands are already in the streets. Many protesters today see today as a kind of climactic battle for America, and there has been a lot of talk about bringing guns or attacking police. My first dispatch from today’s Trump protests is live. So far, every protester I’ve talked to has raised the prospect of violence / another civil war if Trump doesn’t win today. thedailybeast.com/desperate-maga…
Dec 12, 2020 13 tweets 4 min read
Today’s pro-Trump rally in DC has kicked off with a guy who rewrote Folsom Prison Blues to be about Parler. Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio appears to have been invited to the White House. Pic from his Parler account this morning.
Dec 2, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood kicks off his latest "voter fraud" press conference by attacking George Soros: "Get out of country, George Soros!" Now Lin Wood saw a guy wearing a coonskin cap in the crowd. Wood picked it up and waved it, to the crowd's great delight.
Nov 26, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
I'm reading Sidney Powell's much-hyped "kraken" legal filing. So far, she misspells her key expert's name twice — his name is William Briggs, she calls him "Williams Briggs" and "William Higgs." These are the first lines of Sidney Powell's "kraken" lawsuit that Trump supporters have been claiming would save his presidency, not looking great. The rest is just rehashed witness affidavits, including one that claims the ballot paper was suspiciously clean.
Nov 14, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
Thousands of Trump supporters are here in DC for the “Million MAGA March.” So far I’ve seen plenty of Proud Boys, QAnon supporters, and admiring references to Kyle Rittenhouse. The Million MAGA March speakers got a little boring, so Alex Jones and a phalanx of Proud Boys kicked off the march to the Supreme Court early.
Aug 15, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Exclusive: A clandestine network of organized QAnon believers has inspired child abductions and other crimes across the country. thedailybeast.com/qanon-promotes… I've worked on uncovering this QAnon network for months, because I think we're entering a dangerous new phase of QAnon. In the past, QAnon crimes were committed by lone wolves. Now they're becoming more organized, and more effective. thedailybeast.com/qanon-promotes…
Jul 28, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Trump and his allies have embraced @stella_immanuel, a doctor with a viral video saying masks aren't needed. But Immanuel has also claimed that some medical issues are caused by sex with demons and witches, and that alien DNA is used in medical treatment. thedailybeast.com/stella-immanue… Dr. Immanuel's claim that hydroxychloroquine works against coronavirus has gone viral on the right. But Trump supporters haven't noticed so far that Immanuel also believes that some gynecological problems are caused by demonic sperm. thedailybeast.com/stella-immanue…
Jun 23, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
The deafening cheers from the audience after Trump says "kung flu" make for a good reminder that Turning Point USA has been exposed, repeatedly, for having racist members in leadership positions Quick thread on racism at Turning Point USA, whose affiliate Trump is speaking to today:

A campus chapter president-elect was removed after the release of a video showed him saying "white power" while a friend yelled the n-word. talkingpointsmemo.com/news/turning-p…
Jun 2, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Big crowd tonight outside the White House. I’ll be covering tonight for @thedailybeast. Big crowd coming into the White House area, stretches for several blocks at least