When the opening line of an article about you starts out this way, “This is some seriously sick shit,” you know it’s not going to end well.
But that’s exactly how David Nir at Daily Kos started his piece Friday on Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and his loony tune attack on the Anti Defamation League (ADL), as he tries not to lose to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown two consecutive times should he become the GOP nominee next year.
The Defamation League
The ADL and its Center on Extremism released a report naming 36 leading purveyors of hate from both the “alt-right” and the closely linked “alt-lite.” The guide is a roster of activists and leaders who personify the “Alt Right” and “Alt Lite” movements at a time of increased public activity, the report announced. Snapshots of both movements key players detail their backgrounds and involvement.
A former Marine who uses his military service as a battering ram, Mandel is hitting the beaches to defend Mike Cernovich.
“Sad to see @ADL_National become a partisan witchhunt group targeting people for political beliefs. I stand with @Cernovich & @JackPosobiec,” Ohio’s gung ho, pro-Trump two-term treasurer tweeted.
Per ADL, the rap sheet on Cernovich reads like this:
“Cernovich is known for his promotion of the ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theory, which propagated outrageous claims about child trafficking and culminated in Edgar Welch firing an AR-15 as he entered D.C.’s Comet Ping Pong pizzeria. He is a contributor to Alex Jones’ Infowars.”
Don’t forget, “Pizzagate” included a starring role by then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“It was enough to make flat-earthers look sane,” wrote Nir, who marveled at how those uncomfortable with sporting overt white supremacy, behavior as practiced by the ‘alt-right,’ “…somehow manages to be just as hateful toward women, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, and blacks.”
In another shameless but revealing tweet, Treasurer Mandel wrote, “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors and as a Marine who defended our freedom, Treasurer Mandel believes the ADL is dead wrong for creating hit lists on American citizens. Of all organizations, the ADL should know that making target lists of people based on their political beliefs is a dangerous practice and slippery slope.”
“This is as disgusting as it is terrifying. The GOP’s top Senate candidate in a major race is siding with an insane conspiracy theorist and engaging in a baseless, histrionic assault against the leading organization devoted to protecting Jews from the very kinds of hatred that Cernovich and his ilk promote. This only further cements Mandel as the very worst that Republicans have to offer,” Nir concluded.
Mandel was beat decisively in 2012 when Brown’s comfortable margin, despite $40 million spent against him, secured the seat a second time. If Mandel loses a second race to Brown next year, his rising Republican star will fade over the horizon for a while as political day follows political night, until another dawn presents another opportunity.
Mandel has shown he embraces Trump and Trumpism and all the methods Trumpism is infamous for employing. The attack from Mandel and friends on Brown, between now and next year’s mid-term elections, will be thick with unending fake news.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether Mandel will appear with President Trump when Air Force One lands in Ohio for a rally in Youngstown soon. Even if Mandel doesn’t stand with Trump, he’s already shown that he stands with the Tweeter-in-chief on all the worst features Americans have seen unfold in the first six months of a Trump White House.