Mandel Backs 'Alt-Right' 'Pizzagate' Promoter

Jul 22, 2017

Mike Cernovich speaks during Washington D.C. rally in June
Credit Associated Press

Republican State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel has sided on social media with the right-wing personality behind the online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate."

Mandel retweeted a post Thursday by Mike Cernovich that accused the Anti-Defamation League of "inciting terrorism." The anti-hate league's new report identified Cernovich as part of the "alt-lite" movement. The group says such activists reject overtly white supremacist ideology but embrace misogyny and xenophobia. Mandel backed Cernovich and tweeted the league had become "a partisan witch-hunt group targeting people for political beliefs." On Friday, Mandel characterized the report as a "hit list." The league says it is calling out people who engage in anti-Semitism and bigotry regardless of their background or party. "Pizzagate" is an unfounded conspiracy theory that claims Democrats harbor child sex slaves at a pizza restaurant.