On Wednesday, the world learned that the nation’s most infamous and inept right-wing troll team had been busted once again for trying to frame someone who had dared cross their dear one, Donald Trump. A longtime friend of Jacob Wohl revealed that Wohl and his sidekick, Jack Burkman, had paid her to falsely accuse Anthony Fauci, one of the main point men in the nation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, of sexual assault.
For some time, it’s been no secret that Fauci has become a four-letter word among the most deplorable of the deplorables. While most of the nation sees a man providing sober, fact-based information about this pandemic, people like Wohl and Burkman see him as just another deep stater and swamp creature undermining Donald Trump from within.
But the scheme that one of Wohl’s friends, Diana Andrade, detailed to Reason’s Nancy Rommelman offers a chilling look at just how deep the hate for Fauci runs. Andrade revealed that Wohl and Burkman had paid her to claim that Fauci sexually assaulted her in 2014. She turned on them, however, when they asked her to find out if she knew another woman who would be willing to make another false accusation of rape against Fauci.
This led Andrade to secretly record Wohl and Burkman in hopes of getting them to admit what they were up to. On the recording, Burkman claimed that Fauci was fair game because “he put 40 million people out of work.” For that reason, Burkman believed it was perfectly acceptable to “make up whatever you have to make up to stop that train.” When Wohl begged Andrade to “just do this for me,” Andrade read him the riot act, prompting Wohl and Burkman to harrumph that she shouldn’t care that she “made up a story.”
Watch more details from Jeff Waldorf of The Young Turks here.
When news of this stunt came to light, Twitter lit up with outrage. There was good reason for this anger. Wohl is currently under federal criminal investigation for trying to rook an innocent woman into accusing Robert Mueller of sexual assault, and prosecutors in Minnesota are looking into how Wohl falsely claimed to be the target of a death threat. He has also recruited people to falsely accuse Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren of sexual assault, both of which flamed out spectacularly.
As a result, for most of the last 24 hours, a lot of people have wondered why Wohl and Burkman haven’t been arrested yet. But the anger ought to be even greater than that. It turns out that when Andrade–then calling herself Diana Rodriguez–initially came forward in April, almost no one even bothered to report on it when it turned into a classic Wohl/Burkman own goal. They had no desire to give Wohl and Burkman any extra publicity.
But the one outlet that did report on it, The Daily Dot, offers a very good reason why this should have been covered. It turns out that Wohl and Burkman pulled this stunt not long after Fauci was assigned a security detail due to escalating death threats against him.
The Daily Dot outlines how Wohl and Burkman pulled this stunt. In mid-April, a woman whom we now know to be Andrade fired off a press release claiming that Fauci had sexually assaulted her in Baltimore six years ago, and further details would be forthcoming at a Washington press conference a few days later.
However, red flags cropped up immediately. She claimed to be represented by a PR firm that didn’t appear to exist. One of the firm’s principals, Rhonda Abramson, claimed to have previously worked at two other PR firms on her LinkedIn profile, but none of them had any record of her working there. The image on Abramson’s LinkedIn profile appeared to be fake.
Smelling a rat, The Daily Dot reached out to Wohl. Predictably, he denied any involvement. But like clockwork, he and Burkman were in on the conference call that afternoon, billing themselves as “preeminent subject matter experts” on sexual assault. It cratered quickly. Among other things, Wohl and Burkman were unable to explain why Andrade’s “representatives didn’t appear to exist, claimed Kevin Spacey could speak for Andrade, and claimed that the press conference was originally supposed to take place at the Chinese Embassy.
So let’s see if we’ve got this right. Two right-wing trolls who are under investigation for rooking innocent people into making heinous and false accusations do so again. And their latest target is a public official who has received so many threats that he has to have a security detail. How is that not worthy of being published? Any concerns about giving these two unmerited publicity should be more than trumped by the danger it posed to Fauci, especially considering their past history.
Wohl and Burkman have proven several times over that they are a clear and present danger to any civilized society. The fact that they are still at large is a travesty. Even allowing for the possibility that an investigation is still underway, at what point do you look at what they’re doing and say, “We can’t leave them out there”? The fact that they targeted Fauci when they almost certainly knew he needed a security detail is yet more evidence that they need to be locked up. It’s a shame that the media didn’t recognize this last month.
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