Today comes news that former Congressman Anthony Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. While the sentence for such a charge carries a prison term of between 0 and 10 years, more likely than not, Weiner will not see a day in prison.
Many conservatives have been trying their best to link Anthony Weiner to former Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton for over a year and a half now. During Hillary Clinton’s campaign, one of the most ridiculous conspiracy theories to pop up claimed that the Clintons were running a major pedophile sex ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant, Comet Ping Pong.
One of the major reasons that Hillary Clinton got linked to this bogus story was because of the emails that were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Seemingly because Weiner had been accused of sexting inappropriate photos to a 15-year-old female, he was automatically part of a child sex ring. Since he had emails that belonged to Hillary Clinton in his possession, to the conspiracy theorists, this incriminated her as well. All of these assumptions were put into words by anonymous users on the internet, via websites like 4chan, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets, where they spread and got even more ridiculous as time went by.
The conspiracy theorists didn’t only take things onto the internet, but apparently the Russian bots which allegedly helped Trump win the election, also helped spread the entire PizzaGate conspiracy all over the internet. Things got so out of control, one individual who believed in the conspiracy actually fired shots inside of Comet Ping Pong, demanding information regarding Hillary Clinton.
Now with Weiner agreeing to plead guilty to sexting inappropriate photos to a minor, PizzaGate should rest in peace. Undoubtedly there are still conservatives out there who believe that Hillary Clinton runs a sex ring, just like they believe that she is responsible for killing several individuals. If Weiner was really involved, along with Clinton, prosecutors would not allow him to simply get off with a charge that will most likely result in merely a fine and probation.
Let’s all use this as an example of how FAKE NEWS can be spread on the internet, via websites run by conspiracy theorists and alt-right media outlets. While Russian influence may have swayed the election, influence from conspiracy theorists within the United States ultimately is to blame for the great division within American politics today. Please let the closure of the Anthony Weiner case mark the end of these ridiculous rumors.