The last 12 months have been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad time for right-wing millennial provocateur Jacob Wohl. You may know him as the guy who was once Donald Trump’s biggest cheerleader on Twitter. But he lost that outlet when he literally talked himself into a ban for announcing plans to father a massive botnet ahead of the 2020 election.
Since then, Wohl has faced a cascading torrent of legal trouble. He is under a federal criminal investigation for attempting to smear Robert Mueller as a sexual predator, and Minnesota authorities are also looking into how Wohl falsely claimed to have been the target of a death threat. If it were possible for Wohl’s legal headaches to get worse than that, they did earlier this month, when he appeared in court to answer charges of illegally selling securities in Riverside County, California.
Wohl is 21 years old. And yet, given his outrageous escapades, it’s not likely any legitimate employer will ever hire him–if he manages to stay out of jail, that is. Through it all, Wohl seems to have at least one person still firmly in his corner–his own father, Los Angeles attorney David Wohl. Long after the world knew not just beyond reasonable doubt, but beyond all doubt, that his son was an amoral thug, David still boasts on Twitter that he’s proud to be Jacob’s dad.
This alone would be reason to wonder whether David was of any account as a father. But it turns out that David actually went to the mattresses when his son was being investigated for defrauding futures investors in 2007. He even went as far as to threaten futures industry investigators with lawsuits and criminal charges.
With a father like that, it’s no wonder that Jacob has gone down a path that will likely result in his life being completely ruined before he turns 30. But it turns out that David may have instilled Jacob with a sense of history that is as warped as his sense of morality.
In case you missed it, The New York Times has spent most of the week in damage control mode after initially leaving out a critical anecdote in its bombshell article about a previously undisclosed sexual assault allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It is based on a forthcoming book by Times reporters Robin Poegrebin and Kate Kelly, which noted that the alleged victim didn’t remember the assault even though at least two government officials believe the account is credible.
However, the original article didn’t note this–and when it was appended via an editor’s note, the right had a field day. According to Vox’ Aaron Rupar, Fox News has helped lead the feeding frenzy by misleadingly claiming the editor’s note was a correction. He provided a mashup of clips to show just how the fair and balanced network was framing it.
When Poegrebin shared Rupar’s piece, David thought he saw a chance to put the Times–or, as his dear one is wont to call it, “the failing @nytimes”–on blast. But in so doing, he provided a revealing glimpse into the alternative facting that runs rampant in Deplorable Land.
Wow. It’s more or less an article of faith among the most diehard Republicans that Nixon got the raw deal to end all raw deals when he was all but run out of the White House in 1974. But this spin is novel, to say the least.
Let’s review. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein learned that knowledge of the “third-rate burglary” and cover-up reached into very high levels of the White House, Justice Department, FBI and CIA. Judy Hoback, bookkeeper for the now-infamous Committee to Re-Elect the President, told them that evidence of rampant financial misfeasance was being destroyed. In one of the biggest bombshells of all, Woodward and Bernstein discovered that CRP was paying the legal expenses of the Watergate burglars.
Not even the most diehard conservatives among my friends would see this as an attempt to turn Watergate into a hatchet job. The fact Wohl apparently sees leads one to wonder what he was teaching his son about this dark period of our history. It would certainly explain the Wohls’ diehard support for a president who is even more amoral and criminal than Nixon.
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