Still, I got off easier than the president of France.Back in May, two days before the French presidential election, a vast tranche of Macron campaign emails — allegedly stolen by Kremlin-connected hackers — was uploaded to the alt-right-dominated /pol/ board of 4Chan.As Caesar-Trump bleeds out onstage, Lucius Cornelius Cinna, suffect consul of the Roman Empire, delivers the play’s infamous postmortem declaration: “Liberty! ” But before Cinna can utter the immortal “Tyranny is dead! Jack Posobiec is part of a new breed of far-right social media “influencers” — Twitter trolls, You Tube monologists, Medium town criers, Periscope Platos, and the fake newsboys of Facebook.,” a woman dressed all in black springs from her second-row seat and storms the stage. ” Meet Laura Loomer, pro-Trump fangirl/social media demi-celeb known for IRL stunts such as donning a burqa on Election Day and asking poll workers for a ballot under the name Huma Abedin. ” His bizarre accusations shock the audience into stunned silence. They’ve built massive six-figure online audiences to which they endlessly evangelize the gospel of #MAGA — “Make America Great Again” — over hot cups of liberal tears.Posobiec, along with the rest of the alt-right, was backing Macron’s anti-immigrant opponent, Marine Le Pen.
Though the story was debunked by just about every credible fact-checking and news outlet, Posobiec pimped it hard on Twitter as well as with a sarcastic Seth Rich vigil held outside the DNC on the anniversary of his murder.
However, Jack Posobiec a journalist; he’s the journalistic equivalent of putting the guy trying to sue the EPA out of existence in charge of the EPA. Scheduled to appear later in the afternoon on the Trump-approved upstart conservative TV network One America News — where he’ll be called upon to speak out against the removal of Confederate statues — he is dressed in the standard cable-news commentator uniform: salesman-blue takin’-care-of-business suit, long slate tie, crisp white shirt.
In reality, Posobiec is a hyper-partisan social media fact assassin, and a frighteningly good one at that, able to blur the lines between truth and fiction and right and wrong and, uncannily, make the ensuing confusion go viral in the gaslit midnight of the American Century. In person, he’s much more likeable and charming than his bellicose, take-no-prisoners social media avatar would lead you to believe.
During Posobiec’s brief tenure at Rebel Media — which was, he says, the only time he was paid by anyone for his media activities — he was made a temporary credentialed member of the White House press pool by the Trump administration’s beleaguered communications shop.
Along with fellow New Media gadflies from fringe-right outlets like , Breitbart and Gateway Pundit, Posobiec seems to have been charged in the press briefing room with haranguing legitimate journalists and running out the clock on press conferences with inane softball questions and Dear Leader obsequiousness. at Ebenezers, a coffee shop situated in the shadow of the Capitol dome, and Jack Posobiec is sucking back a dirty chai iced latte and flashing his impish Maurice Sendak grin as he answers ’s many, many questions.