(CNN)A Republican member of the Wisconsin Election Commission posted a tweet Thursday praising a well known conspiracy theorist who has unfold false claims about voter fraud.
The commissioner, Bob Spindell, praised Jack Posobiec, a far-right agitator who is thought for spreading conspiracies and disinformation on the Trump-friendly One America Information Community.
“Thanks @JackPosobiec for tuning into the WIS Election Fee Assembly final evening. I recognize your sort phrases & all of the arduous work you do. I’ll preserve you updated on all of the fascinating issues occurring with the WIS Recount,” Spindell tweeted on Thursday, referring to the election fee’s assembly on Wednesday to set parameters for the partial recount.
The tweet — Spindell’s first put up since July — was first spotted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The six-member Wisconsin Election Fee, which incorporates Spindell, oversees the state’s elections. They’ve performed a pivotal function this yr, from helping decide which third-party presidential candidates have been on the poll, to setting the parameters for the state’s partial recount.
The panel’s Democratic chairwoman rebuked Spindell on the assembly for spreading what she referred to as a “paranoid conspiracy” that mail ballots have been improperly despatched to voters. Posobiec posted about Spindell in the course of the assembly and inspired his 1.2 million followers to observe Spindell.
“I have no idea him, and I’ve not been on his Twitter web page,” Spindell informed CNN on Friday. “Simply to let you know how a lot I learn about Twitter, I in all probability had, I do not know, one to 2 hundred folks earlier than this factor began. So, I actually wasn’t concerned in Twitter. However I suppose I’m now.”
An ardent Trump supporter, Posobiec is broadly identified for live-streaming his 2016 investigation of Comet Ping Pong, the restaurant on the heart of the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which falsely accused Democratic officers of collaborating in a baby intercourse trafficking ring. A person who later fired a gun within the pizzeria whereas looking for supposed predators is now in jail.
Because the election, Posobiec has repeatedly promoted false claims concerning the election being stolen from Trump, citing the discredited conspiracies that Trump’s authorized staff is pushing.
Posobiec has repeatedly posted anti-Semitic memes and associated with White supremacists and neo-Nazis, drawing condemnations from the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Regulation Heart, nonprofits that monitor hate teams in opposition to Jews, African People and minorities.
In interviews, Posobiec has distanced himself from the overtly racist figures in far-right circles, telling CNN in 2017 he “totally repudiated…white nationalists and their vile ideology of hatred.”
CNN projected that President-elect Joe Biden will win Wisconsin. However due to the slim margin, Trump’s marketing campaign requested a recount in two counties, which is underway. Trump and his attorneys have pushed baseless accusations of large voter fraud whereas he refuses to concede.
In an interview with CNN, Spindell repeatedly raised the potential of widespread fraud. He stated “there’s no proof that there’s no” fraud in Wisconsin, and stated that as a result of “each different merchandise in human life has mendacity, dishonest and stealing,” a aggressive election possible would, too.