CJ Pearson just turned 13, but he is already planning his run for President. And there are over 45,000 loyal Facebook followers ready to support him.
How did he become such a celebrity? Pearson started making videos and became a YouTube sensation, with his largest video attracting nearly 2 million views. It isn’t everyday you see a 12-year old black kid articulately advocating for conservative principles on the internet.
Although he is not black, fellow-Georgian Jonathan Krohn had a very similar ascendance. In 2009 he spoke to CPAC as a 13 year old, wrote two books about conservatism, and was the child prodigy of the GOP. Two years later he decided he was no longer a conservative.
Back to Pearson. He recently decided to quit political commentary only to reverse his decision shortly thereafter. What happened?
A Twitter account with the name “Mona Obama” threatened him and his family. Twitter threats are common and usually shouldn’t be taken seriously. But here is the interesting thing: it appears Pearson wanted to be threatened. PeachPundit did some investigating and it appears that Pearson used a proxy account to instigate a fight between his official account and “Mona Obama.” Not to mention he ended up hiring convicted felon Ali Akbar as his manager (and later ended that relationship after Akbar’s past as a con artist became known). In the wake up being threatened, Pearson/Akbar (or #TeamCJ) were able to fleece nearly $3,000 from sympathetic supporters.
By the way, PeachPundit also discovered that Pearson had forged his mother’s signature in a contract with DBC Management, leading them to terminate the relationship.
Needless to say, the whole episode was very strange and suspect. But what prompted me to write this has to do with 2016, largely based on what I witnessed as a “friend” of his personal Facebook account.
Pearson had been supporting [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] for president for several months. After noticing his public support, Paul’s campaign sent him lots of gear and recently he became involved with recruiting young people to get involved with the campaign apparatus.
And then, at the drop of a hat, Pearson became a [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] supporter and received a “promotion” as National Executive Director of Students for Cruz. It was shocking, but as a [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] supporter I was not that upset. After all, Pearson is young enough to be forgiven for changing his mind, and Cruz is my second choice.
However, what transpired next was deeply disappointing. He began sharing articles and posts about the demise of Paul’s campaign, and engaging in all kinds of arrogant trash talk in the comments. In doing so he was taunting most of his friends and the very people who gave him so much support and encouragement. But the worst part was when he revealed that he had just gotten done with an interview for Politico, in which he was going to talk about the failure of Paul’s campaign.
That set off a firestorm to say the least. Most people could live with the fact that he switched his endorsement. But to run off and give ammunition to (another) Politico hit piece?
Here is a post from Twitter:
Totally unacceptable and an utter betrayal.
Many people who had hailed Pearson as the next great hope are now dismayed by the reality of his situation: once he tasted the fame and influence, it became about boosting his name and celebrity status at all costs. The Twitter controversy hinted at it, and the 2016 endorsement debacle cemented it.
I wish the best for CJ Pearson. I hope he doesn’t become a liberal like Jonathan Krohn, but I would like to see some humbleness. Personally ambitious politicians willing to do whatever it takes are the last thing this country needs.