It wouldn’t be CPAC without a good dose of ridiculous drama, am I right?
The latest casualty is former blogger turned Trump campaign propagandist, Jim Hoft, founder of garbage website The Gateway Pundit. Hoft was supposed to appear as part of a panel organized by firebrand Pam Geller discussing free speech and social media censorship.
If CPAC slurred Trump supporters one wonders why President Trump and V.P. Mike Pence are both scheduled to appear along with several members of Trump’s administration. Other media figures speaking include Trump apple polishers like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The grand poobah of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp is a loyal Trump surrogate. This is hardly an unfriendly venue for Trump supporters. Hoft and his minions are clearly delusional.
Apparently the CPAC brass told Geller that Hoft was no longer welcome after posting conspiracy theories involving the survivors of the Parkland school shooting. Geller reportedly refused to give Hoft the boot, choosing to cancel the panel altogether.
Last night CPAC had to disown Dinesh D’Souza for mocking the students on Twitter, and D’Souza wasn’t even scheduled to appear at CPAC 2018. Obviously, the event planners couldn’t allow Hoft to participate after that. (One has to question the wisdom of approving his appearance in the first place though.)
Anyone with any sense organizing the CPAC agenda should have known no good would come of inviting Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft to be on a panel.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) February 21, 2018
Wait. So @CPAC made it clear @DineshDSouza was not invited & condemned him for his garbage jokes mocking school shooting survivors, and yet Jim Hoft— @gatewaypundit — says he will be on a CPAC panel. And he did worse than make bad jokes— he spread malicious lies about these kids. pic.twitter.com/Mk0MoEDOMf
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 21, 2018
Hoft accused CPAC of being controlled by Chelsea Clinton.
Gateway Pundit says founder Jim Hoft was banned from CPAC panel because of his site's attacks on the Parkland survivors pic.twitter.com/748DTdgj1P
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) February 21, 2018
Chelsea Clinton controls CPAC now? The Gateway Pundit people are a national treasure. https://t.co/0TugNeKItS
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) February 21, 2018
While Hoft’s Twitter followers are blaming an imaginary #NeverTrump cabal they believe is running CPAC, others are blaming Geller for “sabotaging” the panel.
The problem here is that “bloggers” like Hoft and those who consume their sensationalist fake news think that fighting political correctness means being a humongous jerk. Then when somebody inevitably decides they don’t want to have a humongous jerk at their event, they pretend to be a martyr for free speech.
Things have gotten so bad lately that even conspiracy site InfoWars called out Hoft for spreading fake news about the Parkland shooting.
— infowars (@infowars) February 20, 2018
This is kinda like Bum Fights
— Leslie Feffer 📚 (@LeslieFeffer) February 20, 2018
Can’t make this stuff up, folks.