President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai appeared Wednesday in a new video promoting his push to repeal former President Obama’s net neutrality rules, dancing with Martina Markota, a promoter of the thoroughly debunked “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory linking Hillary Clinton to a child sex ring inside a DC-based pizzeria.
Ajit Pai Wants The Internet To Know You Can Still Harlem Shake After Net Neutrality Is Gone pic.twitter.com/IvCXv1fEZq
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In December 2016, a man fired a gun inside a Washington, D.C. restaurant because he believed the false conspiracy theory.
Edgar Welch, 28, later told the New York Times that he originally planned to just take a “closer look” at the restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, but changed his plans when he arrived, ultimately firing a military-style assault rifle inside the restaurant.
According to The Hill:
The video, produced by conservative outlet The Daily Caller, features Pai insisting that the FCC’s impending, highly criticized repeal of net neutrality will not affect what users can do online. In one clip, Pai is seen dancing alongside Martina Markota, a video producer for The Daily Caller. Gizmodo reports that Markota had previously included an unlisted YouTube video on her website, in which she talks about Pizzagate.
“This is not something I’m making up because I’m trying to, you know, put in my fantasy version of what’s going on and interject it into these email scandals. This is independently of the campaign — I know what cheese pizza is,” Markota reportedly says in the clip.
The FCC is set to vote Thursday on a plan to repeal Obama-era protections for net neutrality.