I've been on a Schadenfreude high since yesterday, because it was a very bad day for right-wing lunatics. First up, we have the exposure of GhostEzra, a notorious troll who posed as a successor to 'Q', and used the messaging platform Telegram to promulgate some of the most heinous antisemitic material to MAGA dead-enders:
The article by the Logically team is a masterpiece of investigative work, involving the examination of unique photo uploads to pinpoint the asshole's location, and the use of image enhancers to match uploaded pictures to his social media. The cherry on top of this particular sundae is that the investigative team was able to narrow down the possible suspects due to a one-star review of a synagogue on Yelp:
With increasingly explicit neo-Nazi views shared to over 334,000 people, QAnon influencer GhostEzra's Telegram was dubbed the "largest antisemitic online channel or forum."— Jordan Wildon (@JordanWildon) August 20, 2021
Today, we at @LogicallyAI can reveal the Florida man behind the anonymous account.https://t.co/YrHNKO6pS1
Who even reviews houses of worship on Yelp? I mean, I could see a bubbeh leaving a one-star review if she felt her granddaughter's bat mitzvah were rushed, but even that is a longshot. This guy was so antisemitic, he even had to troll a Jewish organization using a semi-anonymous social media account.
Even more significantly is the announcement that Alex Jones protégé Owen Shroyer will be arrested for being in a restricted area on 1/6:
New today: Infowars host Owen Shroyer, a major right-wing activist and media personality, has been charged in the Jan. 6 riots https://t.co/6g5GTsKIZF— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) August 20, 2021
Shroyer also violated terms of a deferred prosecution deal by being on Capitol grounds, and he failed to perform community service imposed upon him as terms of his original charge of disrupting a government proceeding.
Shroyer is a dimbulb whose main claim to 'fame' is being Alex Jone's street-theater 'operative', which basically meant he would ride around in an armored truck performing stupid MAGA tricks:
The InfoWars armored truck is here. pic.twitter.com/gCljf0HQ3p— Rachel Adams-Heard (@racheladhe) June 20, 2020
Like most performative tough guys (unlike myself, who is a tough guy pretending to be a performative tough guy to make fun of performative tough guys), Shroyer was pretty upset at the prospect of being held accountable for his actions.
All told, yesterday was a great day, a banner day for those of us who like to see racist assholes get their comeuppance.