Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer allowed an alt-right questioner to go uncorrected last night when he asked what he would do about Trudeau giving money to the Clinton Foundation which is "part of child trafficking and child sacrifice, if you study it," the man said. "It's in pizzagate. How do we get that money back?". Instead of correcting the man about Pizzagate which led to one man shooting up a pizza outlet because he believed it was involved in the alt-right's allegation that it was part of Hilary's child sex ring, Scheer said he appreciated the man's concerns about Trudeau wasting taxpayer's money on such things. Today, Scheer said he did not hear the Pizzagate reference but failed to comment on how it was nonsense. Only hours later, his press secretary, not Scheer, released an email stating that Scheer does not accept this alt-right theory.
I find it hard to believe he didn't hear the Pizzagate part of the question or know what Pizzagate was. Furthermore, if he didn't know, I find it even harder to believe that his aides would not have told him what it was. His failure to criticize it once confronted by reporters and his only had a press secretary response once negative comments started flooding in suggests he is playing footsie with the alt-right of conservatism. I have never been a supporter of Trudeau, but Scheer's comments deeply disturb me.
The Conservative leader was grilled by a reporter Friday on an exchange from his event the night before in Kitchener, Ont.
A man in the audience criticized the Liberal government's spending with inaccurate figures, claiming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "gave $600 million to the Clinton Foundation," the charitable organization of Bill and Hillary Clinton. ...
"The Clinton Foundation is part of child trafficking and child sacrifice, if you study it," the man said. "It's in pizzagate. How do we get that money back?" 'Pizzagate' is a totally discredited smear from the 2016 U.S. presidential election that claimed Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman were behind a child sex ring at Comet Ping Pong, a Washington pizza shop. A gunman opened fire on the restaurant that same year but did not hurt anyone. He was later sentenced to four years in prison.
Scheer told the man that he appreciated his "concerns," and that Trudeau has spent taxpayers money on his own personal projects. He did not take the opportunity to dispel the myth that the Clinton Foundation is in any way linked to child trafficking.
"You mention the Clinton Foundation, you mention there are other examples where Justin Trudeau's government has given grants to hire people... groups that are advocating for their own particular ideology," Scheer said, accusing the government of supporting groups that oppose building pipelines. ...
Speaking to reporters in Winnipeg Friday, Scheer was asked why he did not call out a debunked piece of fake news that has sparked violent incidents. "I heard the question was related to the government's, Justin Trudeau's decision to give a grant to the Clinton Foundation. I didn't hear anything about the other aspect that you just mentioned." When asked again, Scheer repeated that he heard the Clinton Foundation part of the question and "some of the other points the gentleman was making," but not the specific "pizzagate" reference.
Scheer's press secretary Daniel Schow reiterated to HuffPost Canada in an email Friday that he did not hear the term used during the question. "Mr. Scheer does not keep up with paranoid, American alt-right conspiracy theories and as such was not familiar with the term until it came up in the questioning today," he said. "Since learning about the pizzagate conspiracy, Mr. Scheer obviously believes it is ridiculous and dangerous, and that such conspiracies have no place in our political debate."