Apparently Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has trouble condemning pedophilia.
Josh Mandel has no problem condemning the Anti-Defamation League. That anti-hate group called out Mandel’s friends Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec for starting the vicious “Pizzagate” hoax conspiracy theory accusing Hillary Clinton of running a pedophile sex ring out of a pizza shop in Washington D.C.
Their handiwork resulted in a guy from North Carolina going to the Comet Ping Pong pizza shop with his AR-15 and firing three rounds into the place in December 2016, an act of domestic terrorism, which Mandel finds himself also unable to condemn, preferring only ever to condemn “radical Islamic terrorism,” in plays to the regular right-wing tropes.
(Cernovich and Posobiec have now launched a pro-Mandel Super PAC to try to get him elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018. Also, as we’ve reported, Mandel has won the support of an avowed white nationalist Brietbart writer.)
When it comes to the real, tightly-reported pattern of actual accused pedophilia by Alabama U.S. Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, Mandel can’t bring himself to make a condemnation. In fact, he refuses to say anything at all.
From the Associated Press:
Josh Mandel, the 40-year-old state treasurer considered the front runner, declined to state a position on whether Moore should quit the Alabama Senate race if allegations of sexual misconduct with minors prove true.
That’s a break from other Republicans, including Senate leaders, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich.
Rival Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland banker and first-time politician, said if the allegations of decades-old sexual encounters with young girls are true Moore should leave the race.
“Of course, if it is true he should step aside,” Gibbons said through a spokesman.
Moore, a 70-year-old former state Supreme Court justice, has denied the allegations, which were published Thursday in a Washington Post story. The accounts by multiple women prompted Republican lawmakers to say he should end his candidacy for the Dec. 12 special election if the allegations are true.
“I have never engaged in sexual misconduct,” Moore said Friday.
The Associated Press sought the Ohio Senate candidates’ opinions of the matter Friday. After repeated calls and text messages, Mandel’s campaign spokeswoman said, “You can say we didn’t respond.”
So to sum up: Two garbage humans make up a fake story about Hillary Clinton and pedophilia, a crazy man who believes them commits an act of domestic terrorism by shooting up a pizza parlor, the Anti-Defamation League calls the two garbage humans out, and Josh Mandel calls the ADL terrorists.
Now, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate is accused by five women of very real pedophilia, with dozens of witnesses, and Josh Mandel responds by saying he doesn’t have a response.
Josh Mandel is trying to run the same Trump Playbook in Ohio that Roy Moore has been in Alabama, so this isn’t surprising.
It is nice to know who Josh Mandel’s friends are: An accused Alabama pedophile Mandel hopes to one day call his colleague, a Brietbart white nationalist, and two ratfuckers who invoked terrorism against a pizza place by making up fake news about the Clintons and pedophilia. Wow, Josh. While you remain non-responsive, the friends you keep speak volumes.