Yesterday, the country’s most unstable conspiracy theorists ascended from their damp basements, the bloodthirstiest gun nuts emerged from their personal armories, and the most virulent racists stepped out of the White House and flew to National Harbor, Maryland for the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
What was once the premiere event of the Republican calendar has mutated into a despicable carnival sideshow during the Trump era. Everyone from Pizzagate enthusiasts to far-right French lunatics have been invited this year to spew their filth in front of frothing audiences.
Earlier today, Dana Loesch, a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association gave a speech at CPAC in which she gave a breathless defense of guns in light of the totally valid criticisms the NRA has been enduring since the horrific mass shooting last week at Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida.
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Loesch appeared on CNN last night as part of a panel discussion on gun control, and she was booed repeatedly by the crowd after she insisted on spewing disingenuous NRA talking points. Today, she made the claim that as she exited the CNN building the crowd chanted “burn her!”
Loesch’s attempt to play the victim was quickly ruined by a Twitter user purporting to have attended the CNN event. User @sighnatasha said that nobody shouted “burn her” at the NRA spokeswoman. Instead, they yelled “shame on you,” which is a sentiment that Loesch certainly deserved to hear.
As someone who was there front row, the crowd was not cheering “burn her” as she walked off stage. We yelled “shame on you” instead. Why does she insist on lying? Does she and the NRA feel threatened by us? https://t.co/PM56BosAiy
— natasha #NeverAgain (@sighnatasha) February 22, 2018
A video of Loesch exiting the event doubly exposes the lie. No one can be heard calling for Loesch to be burned. The fact that she is willing to so blatantly lie shows that the NRA is not conducting their public discourse in good faith. They don’t care about the truth, they only care about protecting their precious weapons.
Dana Loesch was at CPAC today and lied. She said that she was escorted out of the town hall by armed guards because the crowd was rushing her and screaming “Burn her”. The only person rushing was her. Rushing to get the heck out of there as the crowd was screaming “Shame on you!” pic.twitter.com/Lct3PwydUG
— Marji Hope (@nuggetmommy) February 22, 2018