Last week Owen Shroyer, host of the Infowars program War Room, was suspended from Twitter along with several other Infowars-affiliated accounts. The news broke days before a Texas rally organized by Shroyer to protest business closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hundreds, including Infowars founder Alex Jones, attended the rally, violating social distancing guidelines.
Shroyer, who has interviewed white nationalists and antisemites on his program and downplayed the threat of COVID-19, reacted to his ban in predictable Infowars fashion: by flying into a comical, red-faced rage and raving about secret pedophile networks.
Shroyer blamed his account’s termination on an April 16th article from Media Matters which lambasted Twitter’s decision to allow the Infowars host on its platform to encourage followers to defy Texas’ social distancing order.
“Hey listen you little bitch,” he shouted, addressing the author of the piece, “if you wanna live in a Communist country, if you wanna be a little CHUD, if you wanna be a little schoolboy bitch that hides in a hole, then go do it!”
Shroyer then began shouting about Media Matters’ founder and Democratic activist David Brock.
“[L]et me tell you something about Media Matters with your little host David Brock, and his friends in D.C.!” he yelled, adding “You don’t think I know?! You don’t think I know who you are?! You don’t think I know who [Mother Jones reporter] David Corn hangs out with?!”
Shroyer promised that Media Matters will be “exposed” by both “America” and “God,” before attempting to revive a widely debunked conspiracy theory from four years ago. “You wanna know what this is about?,” he asked. “This is about Pizzagate. There ya go, ya happy?”
“Pizzagate” is the term given to the deranged belief that Democratic politicians and activists were running a secret child sex trafficking ring out of the (nonexistent) basement of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor.
In late 2016 it inspired a gunman to storm the pizzeria in an attempt to free the alleged child sex slaves. The following year he was sentenced to four years in prison. Last year another Pizzagate believer was charged with trying to burn the same restaurant to the ground.
No sex trafficking ring was ever connected to the pizza parlor in question, and none of the people alleged to have taken part in this trafficking — e.g., Hillary Clinton and John Podesta — were ever shown to have been involved in any such crimes.
Yet Pizzagate proponents quickly moved on to other, similar conspiracies without skipping a beat. In fact, believers began substituting the term “Pedogate” for “Pizzagate.” A pseudodocumentary called Pedogate 2020 was posted to YouTube, and Shroyer connected its removal to his suspension since he shared a link to it on Twitter.
“Told ya!” he exclaimed when a co-worker clicked the video only to discover a “Video unavailable” message. “Oh, I’m like a hound dog, brother! Oh yeah! Yeah, I smell ya. Oh yeah, this — folks, this ain’t about China, this ain’t about social distancing. This is about Pedogate 2020. And it’s about David Brock who’s in the documentary.”
There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the removal of the video from YouTube was in any way connected to Shroyer’s suspension.