The Real Skinny on #Pizzagate, Podesta and Comet Ping Pong
While the rumors flying around are mostly unprovable, it doesn't change the fact that there are some very unsavory characters involved.
Satanists? Pedophiles? Podesta? And pizza? That’s #Pizzagate, a strange near-scandal involving Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta.
In hacked emails of Podesta released by Wikileaks, it was revealed that Podesta is linked to a questionable Washington pizza joint called Comet Ping Pong. He has held fundraisers there for both Clinton and Barack Obama. One of the leaked emails contained a discussion with the restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, planning an event for Clinton.
Rumors started spreading on the social media sites 4chan and Reddit over the last couple of months that Alefantis is at the center of a group of Satanists and pedophiles, which includes powerful people in Washington, D.C. As alleged proof, symbols found in the restaurant and on its website were claimed to be similar to pedophile symbols, and photos of children found on Alefantis’s social media accounts were somehow also asserted to be related. The fact that some words related to pizza are used as code words in pedophilia was also pointed out as evidence. Comet Ping Pong lists “Heavy Breathing” as one of its friends, a musical group with creepy images of children on its website. In one of Podesta’s leaked emails, someone told him they found his handkerchief, which “has a map that seems pizza-related.”
Podesta a Pedophile?
The late Andrew Breitbart once accused Podesta of covering up an underage sex slave operation, although he may have merely been referring to the ACORN underage sex trafficking sting. Drawings of two suspects in the 2003 abduction case of three-year-old Madeleine McCann appear strikingly similar to the Podesta brothers. She was abducted in Portugal while her family was on vacation, and John Podesta frequently visits Portugal. His hacked emails obtained by Wikileaks date back to May 4, 2007, the day after McCann disappeared, causing some to speculate that he had wiped his emails to destroy evidence. However, the chief detective on the case, Gonçalo Amaral, wrote a book about the mysterious disappearance and placed blame on her parents.
John Podesta collects disturbing art, such as paintings with cannibalism and pictures of naked teenagers. During an interview Podesta said about the cannibalism painting,“It’s better to be the guy with the fork than the guy on the table.” Former Clinton administration official Sally Katzen said it made visiting the home uncomfortable, “At political events, there’s an inevitable awkwardness.” The Washington Post strangely removed a 2004 article about the Podesta brothers’ art, but it is archived elsewhere.
Heavy Breathing has distasteful images, but that doesn’t indicate anything beyond bad taste.
However, none of the accusations appear to validate any actual evidence of pedophilia. Heavy Breathing has distasteful images, but that doesn’t indicate anything beyond bad taste. Similarly, Comet Ping Pong, being a far left, artsy type of restaurant, has some bizarre looking art on its walls. Alefantis, who once dated Clinton proponent David Brock, was named No. 49 in GQ magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Washington in 2012 and does have a powerful network of friends. Yet no hard evidence has emerged that it is a pedophile ring.
Spirit Cooking Dinner
#Pizzagate also loosely includes rumors involving Podesta and the occult. Wikileaks released an email forwarded to him by his brother Tony inquiring if he was going to attend a “spirit-cooking dinner” with Tony’s artist friend Marina Abramovic. Abramovic is a performance artist whose shows include nudity, masturbation, cutting her body and washing a skeleton in her lap. She has taken professional photos of herself related to the occult, including one of her holding a bloody goat’s head. Her latest book, Walk Through the Walls, contains extensive material on clairvoyants and tarot cards and discusses her ability as a mystic to predict world events.
Abramovic’s invitation stated,
A dinner night with Marina during which she will teach you and other backers at this level how to cook a series of traditional soups, which you will all enjoy together. The night will end with the making of a golden ball, a recipe given to Marina in a Tibetan monastery. Marina will bring to this dinner a Spirit Cooking memento for each backer to keep.
Spirit Cooking was the name of a disturbing performance Abramovic staged at a number of museums around the world in the ‘90s, painting graffiti with pigs’ blood. She also issued a cookbook as part of the project, named Spirit Cooking with Essential Aphrodisiac Recipes. It contains recipes calling for bodily fluids such as urine, semen, saliva and breast milk.
After the email was leaked, Abramovic denied ever meeting John Podesta, and said the dinner was merely a party to reward Tony Podesta and others who had contributed to her Kickstarter campaign, with normal food provided. John Podesta did not attend the party, as indicated by his brother’s email to him later, “Don’t worry Marina missed you.” It is unsettling that Tony Podesta is a longtime admirer of Abramovic, but the evidence doesn’t show that his brother is also a fan.
The left is using #Pizzagate to make fun of the right. But as was discovered after the presidential election, the left is behind much of this fake news, generated purposely to hurt the right. Numerous articles have come out by the left-leaning media and the left’s myth-debunking sites denouncing #Pizzagate stories and blaming the right. They got the social media site Reddit to ban the topic, posting the message, “We don’t want witchhunts on our site.” However, a new subreddit has popped up called r/Pizzagatezero, which has not been banned yet.
If the left is really behind the rumors, it’s a clever maneuver, but it doesn’t change the fact that both Abramovic and the pizza restaurant are unsavory, John Podesta’s art is revolting, and those facts are perfectly acceptable for discussion. This is little different than the left’s modern-day attempts to censor Shakespeare from society, who wrote about witches in Macbeth, “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include information the author was informed about afterward, which the mainstream media had ignored.