GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) invited notorious alt-right activist and internet troll Charles Johnson to be his guest at President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to a Daily Beast report.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 31, 2018
Johnson once argued on Reddit that the number of Jews in the Holocaust was much less than the accepted number of six million, reports ThinkProgress. He also questioned the existence of Hitler’s gas chambers, writing: “I agree with David Cole about Auschwitz and the gas chambers not being real. Why were their swimming pools there if it was a death camp?”
In 2017, Jezebel highlighted Johnson’s troubling record:
His site, GotNews, is known for stories that make wild, often provably false allegations. Johnson has claimed that both President Obama and Emmanuel Macron are gay, wrongly identified the woman he thought was “Jackie” of the UVA scandal, and has, overall, demonstrated what Forbes called a “disregard for facts.” Gawker once called him “the web’s worst journalist.”
On GotNews, he’s referred to an alleged mob of Hispanic men protesting a Trump rally as “savages,”has repeatedly referred to Black Live Matter supporters as “thugs” and posted numerous stories alleging criminal acts by people he claims were affiliated with BLM. He’s also appeared on a podcast hosted by The Right Stuff, a proudly and profoundly anti-Semitic show hosted by white nationalist Mike Enoch.
Gaetz told the Daily Beast that he invited Chuck Johnson to the address when he “showed up at my office” on Tuesday. The congressman said he did not have a pre-existing relationship with Johnson, adding that he only had an extra ticket because his father came down with bronchitis.
But Johnson gave the Daily Beast a different explanation, saying that he and Gaetz were introduced by another member of Congress and that he “took Gaetz’s invitation” because “he’s into stuff on the issues that I care about.”
Earlier this week, Gaetz appeared on prominent pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s Infowars broadcast to tout a conspiracy theory about purported “deep state” efforts to undermine President Trump.