Long before “fake news” entered the lexicon, far-right blogger Jim Hoft had become so infamous for promoting or starting so many bogus stories that he was branded “the dumbest man on the Internet.” It says a lot about the state of our political discourse that Hoft and his blog, Gateway Pundit, have become one of many right-wing provocateurs who have actually thrived in the Donald Trump era.
In a very telling sign of Trump’s standards, Gateway Pundit was granted a White House press credential–one of the most coveted slots in American journalism–despite being infamous for peddling such drivel as the long-debunked claim that absentee ballots for Trump were trashed by the dozens in Ohio. Hoft has returned the favor several times over, helping merrily spread the Trump gospel of alternative facts.
But conventional wisdom would have suggested that some things are too much even for Hoft. Well, we thought wrong. Hoft has no qualms about helping put innocent people in harm’s way, all in the name of helping his dear one fend off impeachment.
For some time, Trump and his acolytes have irately demanded that the whistleblower whose complaint uncovered Trump’s ham-handed attempt to bully Ukraine into helping him launch a politically motivated investigation into former vice president Joe Biden. Several Trump diehards have gone a step further, attempting to name the whistleblower or at the very least demanding that the mainstream media release his name. Such a move would not only breach every standard of decency that is known, but would also be highly illegal.
But such considerations apparently didn’t matter to First Son Donald Trump Jr. Most political junkies know that Junior has fired off tweets that are as crass and boorish as those coming from his father. Apparently they are too much even for his father at times, as he told “Fox & Friends.” Watch here.
But apparently Junior wasn’t taking that advice on Wednesday morning. He shared a Breitbart News story which in turn quoted a Real Clear Investigations story speculating as to the whistleblower’s identity. For this, Junior has been deservedly pounded on Twitter. After all, it only proves why the whistleblower has expressed fear for his safety. Believe it or not, it may be even worse if Junior fingered the wrong person–in which case, an innocent man could be the target of harassment, threats or worse.
But apparently such considerations didn’t matter to Hoft. Hours after Junior’s tweet, Gateway Pundit’s Eric Blair ran a story applauding Junior for naming the whistleblower. You’ll have to take my word for it–out of consideration for the safety of the whistleblower and a possibly innocent third-party, I’m not linking to it.
In a typical Trumpian attempt at dog whistling, Gateway Pundit quoted extensively from Breitbart harping on the whistleblower’s purported ties to opposition research firm Fusion GPS. For those who don’t recall, Fusion GPS was the firm who retained Christopher Steele, author of the now-infamous “golden showers dossier” that contained information about how Russia amassed a tranche of kompromat on Trump.
It has been amply established that Hoft has the moral convictions of a mosquito. This is a man who helped promote the bogus claim that Washington Post Web editor Doris Truong snapped pictures of Rex Tillerson’s notes during Tillerson’s confirmation hearing. Gateway Pundit subsequently clarified that The Post denied Truong was the culprit–but only after the horse was several miles away from the barn.
But this is a new low, even for Hoft. He has no qualms whatsoever about potentially putting an innocent man in harm’s way. He’s not just the dumbest man on the Internet, but one of the most depraved as well. He and Gateway Pundit more than deserve to be called deplorable.
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