Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Comet Ping Pong, a pizza joint that obsesses appointed National Security Adviser Flynn and son

It's fortunate that the National Security Adviser role is a presidential appointment and does not require Congressional approval, fortunate for former General Flynn it should be said.  Among the many bizarre stories accompanying Donald Trump into his President-elect status, this is one for the record books.  Some media wags even accepted the alt-right name of the accusations as Pizzagate. Now this term has become widespread.

Less than two months ago, Comet Ping Pong was neighborhood known bar, pizza restaurant, and ping pong emporium on Connecticut Avenue in northwest D.C.  Their thin crust pizza was highly regarded, wine by the glass or carafe listed 12 choices on the menu with a chardonnay and a pinot noir looking especially attractive.  Esoteric beer choices in bottles or cans were available.  Ping pong tables filled more than half of the industrial looking space and local art adorned the walls.  It was for all practical purposes a community center for hipsters.

Then somehow fake news stories linked the spot to Hillary Clinton and her senior staff and a pedophilia sex trafficking ring that was supposedly based there at the pizza parlor.  It was baseless, it was false, but it was out there on Twitter and on some websites devoted to alt-right trash.  Among those who perpetuated this fake news was both former General Michael Flynn and his 33 year old son.  Both have held positions on Trump's transition team, big Flynn as a player and his son as an aide.

Even after the restaurant was attacked by an armed gunman who drove up from Salisbury, NC to deal with it on Sunday, the younger Flynn continued to retweet messages supporting the allegations, saying that the mainstream media was trying to "normalize pedophilia".

This afternoon the younger Flynn's association with the transition team has apparently ended.  His father's mental health should be questioned as well.  He certainly should not be in a critical government position advising an incoming President with little foreign policy or intelligence experience.

This would all be laughable if it was not taken seriously by so many.  The media will be intimidated into letting this pass it seems, but Flynn is clearly too unhinged for his new role.  Obviously.  His kid was making his father proud.

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