Last week, conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich spread misinformation that the Sante Fe shooter who killed ten people was a member of the anti-fascist group, ANTIFA. Cernovich based his claim on a series of images showing the shooter’s trench coat. There was a hammer and sickle pin on the coat, which Cernovich alleged was a clear indication that the shooter was an ANTIFA member.
This theory was quickly debunked as the investigation continued. The shooter, based on reports, fell victim to intensive bullying. “Somebody probably came and hurt him, and since he was a solid boy, I don’t know what could have happened. I can’t say what happened. All I can say is what I suspect as a father,”Antonios Pagourtzis, the shooter’s father, said.
Evidence also came to light that the shooter dawned pins representing LGBT rights and Neo-Nazism, further debunking the idea that he had any political agenda in his shooting. “It doesn’t make sense that this was a political attack,” sources aware of situation say. “He was a troubled kid, sick. But all the evidence that has come to light from his father’s testimony to the conflicting political paraphernalia… It just doesn’t make sense.”
This week, factcheck.org, wrote about Cernovich’s theory. “Officials are still investigating the shooting that left 10 dead and 13 wounded at Santa Fe High School in Texas. They haven’t disclosed a motive. Since the shooting on May 18, there has been no evidence to indicate that the alleged shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was connected to the loosely organized group of anti-fascist activists called Antifa.”
Cernovich was still not convinced though, “As Sante Fe school shooter wore a hammer-and-sickle logo, I made the uncontroversial statement that this logo was associated with ANTIFA. Today a fact-checking website that partners with Facebook and foreign governments said ANTIFA does not use the hammer-and-sickle logo. This is fake news.”
Source with knowledge of ANTIFA were confused as well, “The ANTIFA logo is typically two flags, one red, one black. Not sure why this hammer and sickle theory is being given any thought at all. It’s idiotic.”
Cernovich’s debunked conspiracies are under investigation by Bernard Media. More information will be provided as it is made available.