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Monday, July 29, 2019

Ezra Levant -> Claire Lehmann -> Andy Ngo -> Donald Trump

I've mentioned a couple of times that Andy Ngo and his Republican committeewoman lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon want to participate in Trump's re-election campaign through hyping Ngo's clash with Antifa, for use as a tactic to deflect from Trump's raging racism. 

Looks like it's working beyond their wildest dreams.




I'm not sure where Trump got the idea of Antifa hitting people over the head with baseball bats, not even Claire Lehmann tried that one, although I guess it isn't any worse than a "chemical attack" as Lehmann claimed, without evidence.




What's even more significant about Lehmann's tweet, more significant than the chemical attack claim or the way that Fox News has been hyping the Antifa story, is Lehmann declaring Andy Ngo a "valued member of the Quillette team."

Quillette, which has been aiding and abetting Andy Ngo's grift for years, was created by Claire Lehmann, who was an Australian correspondant for Ezra Levant's Rebel Media. 

Here is Lehmann appearing in a Rebel Media episode along with Gavin McInnes, who is back at Rebel Media.




In the summer of 2017 Rebel Media looked pretty bad. As Canadaland wrote:

The Rebel Had An Awful Lot Of Sympathy For The White Supremacists In Charlottesville
Just after 1:00 this afternoon, Rebel Media personality Faith Goldy captured one of the clearest videos of the car that mowed into anti-racist protesters at the apparent culmination of the “Unite the Right” convergence of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The driver, who is in custody but has not yet been identified, killed one person and injured nearly 20 others. 
In the hours and minutes leading up to that moment, however, Goldy had spent her live Periscope broadcasts rationalizing the rally organized by white nationalist Jason Kessler — an “extremist” to whom the Rebel once paid the revenues from a video that contained material plagiarized from him — and complaining about what she saw as the unfair treatment of the alt-right by authorities. In particular, she expressed the (wildly incorrect) view that American police are more generous toward Black protesters than white ones.
It did not look good for Levant as Vice News noted:
And while Levant insisted “simply covering controversial figures doesn’t mean we agree with those controversial figures,” The Rebel has nevertheless used its growing platform — with some 400,000 Youtube subscribers — to push sensationalist coverage of the counter-protesters who showed up in Charlottesville over the weekend. Even in his statement aimed at toning down The Rebel’s image, Levant writes that “the alt-right is, in my mind — the mirror image of Black Lives Matter.”
Equating Black Lives Matter with the alt-right is the same "both sides" tactic that Donald Trump used in response to the Charlottesville violence. And it didn't help Levant much because Canadian candidate for Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer, distanced himself from Rebel Media.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is distancing himself from The Rebel, announcing he will no longer do interviews with the controversial right-wing website until it changes its editorial direction. 
But the Tory leader has stopped short of explicitly denouncing The Rebel, which is under heightened scrutiny in light of the protests in Charlottesville, Va. 
"I am disgusted by the vile comments made by hate groups this past weekend. I believe there is fine line between reporting the facts and giving those groups a platform," Scheer told HuffPost Canada in a statement. 
"I have a positive vision for Canada and I want to share that vision with Canadians and talk about issues that unite us all. Until the editorial directions of the Rebel Media changes, I will not grant interviews to the outlet." 
Scheer granted interviews to the outlet during the Tory leadership race, as did other contenders. But he has faced pressure in recent days to denounce the website over coverage that was seen as sympathetic to organizers of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Ezra Levant must feel avenged right now. His old protege Claire Lehmann is furthering the far-right cause. Andy Ngo, a valued member of Claire Lehmann's Quillette team is helping Trump deflect from charges of racism - charges that first surfaced most strongly during his presidency in Charlottesville, and which resulted in blowback for Rebel Media.

There is a slight problem with the Antifa tactic - Antifa, being a bunch of anarchists and random zanies likely hate the Democratic Party as much as the Republican Party.

But I am confident that Trump's ratfuckers will come up with a scheme to try to link Antifa and the Democrats. And Andy Ngo has already made an attempt to do just that.