How big right-wing trolls Andy Ngo and Tim Pool linked the Waukesha murders to Black Lives Matter
Hours after a suspect was pulled over by police in Waukesha after an SUV rushed through a Christmas parade injuring dozens and killing five, far-right provocateurs set out in search of a pattern late Sunday night. In no time, they found a fake although virus-ready and inflammatory one: the Black Lives Matter movement.
Darrell Brooks, 39, the alleged driver of the SUV, has a long track record, including convictions for a host of sex crimes and violent offenses. According to multiple reports, Brooks was out on bail, awaiting charges after allegedly trying to run over the mother of his child. On Monday, the Milwaukee district attorney called the $ 1,000 that had been assessed in the case “low.” Prior to the parade, Brooks allegedly committed another unrelated act of domestic violence and then chose to vacate the scene before police arrived.
As of yet, there is no indication of any additional motive for driving his SUV through the parade, nor any reason to label it as domestic terrorism, Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said during of a press conference Monday afternoon. “We are convinced that he acted alone,” added Thompson.
But a quick glance on social media would reveal a whole different story. Dozens of accounts, some with hundreds of thousands of followers, imply or outright state that Brooks was somehow a member of Black Lives Matter, or was inspired by the civil rights group. Others suggested without proof that this was the first shot in an impending race war, or that Brooks’ alleged crimes were somehow an act of retaliation days after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty .
Unfriendly and hesitant Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene, Vaccine Representative, tweeted, “We have to ask ourselves if [BLM] incited to mass murder.
Her too shared and approved an article by Pedro Gonzales, a member of the Claremont Institute, accusing the âAmerican mediaâ of having inspired Brooks, a âblack nationalistâ. Laura Loomer, who has been banned from almost every platform for sharing Islamophobic sentiments, went further, answering the question Greene âpossessedâ: âFrom the moment this happened, I said that it was a black Muslim supremacist who carried out a terrorist attack on WHITE PEOPLE, âshe posted on Telegram.
All of these blatantly misleading claims about Brooks’ motives (he identified himself as a Christian in other Facebook posts, according to The Daily Dot) came after Ngo, a prominent far-right figure and editor of The Post Millennial, posted a thread late Sunday that circulated widely. After a New York Post reporter identified Brooks as the individual arrested and linked to his criminal record, Ngo got to work, sharing a photo of a previous photo. (Ngo regularly posts photos of leftist protesters.)
First of all, Ong insisted Brooks had shown his support for “the BLM causes, George Floyd and black nationalism” in various old social media posts allegedly belonging to Brooks.
(The Daily Beast cannot confirm the veracity of the posts, as Brooks’ social media accounts have all been locked since.)
For more than nine hours, Ngo did not offer visual evidence to support his claims. The tweet has circulated enough that a few aggregators even cover up its radio silence and the resulting backlash. The next morning, Ngo came back to the wire.
He mentioned that Brooks shared a spurious and anti-Semitic Hitler quote. He had also praised a George Floyd mural and pasted positive emojis above a cartoon about racial profiling by police. Other messages allegedly attributable to Brooks and distributed by Ngo included a soundcloud track critical of former President Trump and a photo of a bowl of fruit that had been carved into a raised fist along with the letters “BLM“.
None of these posts, or others that are circulating online and allegedly shared by Brooks, display anything resembling participation in the Black Lives Matter movement. In other articles, he expresses his hostility towards whites, salutes a black nationalist group and applauds the removal of statues, along with others justifying his previous crimes and sharing his talentless rap music.
But if Brooks has ever been to a demonstration or planned political action, violent or otherwise, he hasn’t bothered to post about it. .
Ngo also included another suggestion that bears little resemblance to reality. “He also has an article on how to get away with hitting people on the street,” he tweeted. It is, at best, inflammatory and deceptive. Yes, in 2016 Brooks shared a post from a former Minneapolis sergeant who encouraged citizens to run over BLM protesters, saying they could get away with calling 911 and claiming BLM had a problem. “propensity for violence”. Anyone with a superficial knowledge of the story would easily realize that Brooks was condemning the cop. Ngo omitted all of this information. Instead, in another tweet in the thread, he removed the context to quote Brooks as saying, “Crush them. Keep the traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots.”
In doing so, Ngo suggests that it was Brooks providing a how-to guide to using a car as a weapon, not the former Minneapolis cop.
This is not the first time that Ngo’s critics have suggested he omits details or selectively edits information in order to paint leftists in the worst possible light. Ngo has become a famous right-wing cause, acclaimed by senators like Ted Cruz, for its endless promotion of videos portraying antifa and other left-wing activists as a violent mob doomed to destruction. Often times, these narratives collapse when examined closely. Famous, Ngo was part of the far-right Patriot Prayer gang and was within earshot when they amicably discussed their plans for violence, according to a Portland Mercury investigative report. Ngo’s widely shared videos only showed the leftist response, making Patriot Prayer seem like the victims, not the instigators. (Ngo fervently denied the allegation.)
It’s not that none of the information Ngo collects about Brooks seems wrong. But it’s framed in bad faith to lead an occasional reader to the completely unfounded conclusion that this was some sort of racial attack. Scroll through the trending Waukesha topic on Twitter and it’s full of culture warriors screaming in outrage over BLM. Ngo never explicitly says that Brooks was motivated by anti-white animosity. And yet, the responses to his thread are littered with racist slurs.
While Ngo’s tweets have made the rounds online, no reputable media outlet has seen fit to quote them to date. A “reactionary social media artist” with his own number of followers did, however. Tim Pool, an extremely popular YouTuber with a penchant for whitewashing the far right, posted a video on Monday morning. Its main source was Ngo’s tweets. In it, Pool made sure to make its statements about Brooks, claiming that nothing had been confirmed regarding any connection to BLM. People should wait when commenting on breaking news, especially a criminal case, Pool advised, because it often takes a long time to sort fact from fiction. And any implication that Brooks was politically motivated should be dismissed, he said, shortly before categorically asserting that Brooks has “ties to Black Lives Matter.” Part of the title of the video reads that “the person of interest detained is BLM Supoorter”.[sic}[sic}[sic}[sic}
Pool’s video, posted at 10 a.m. EDT Monday, was recorded before Waukesha’s statement in which the DA refuted the idea that it was an act of terror, but after CNN reported sources saying the same thing. Pool may have missed CNN’s coverage, but suggested that since authorities had not ruled out terrorism as a motive, according to a Daily Mail article the day before it was read on air, it could possibly be. be be a “revenge attack” for the Rittenhouse verdict. (Pool also pointed out the misleading framing of Ngo’s post about the Minneapolis cop.) Later that day, Ngo also posted an alleged screenshot showing Brooks’ dismay at the trial.
Pool did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication. Ngo responded on Twitter, posting questions posed by The Daily Beast. “I don’t want to talk to you and I maintain my report” he wrote. Earlier Monday, Ngo seemed excited to be a trending topic on Twitter.
If the goal was virality, damn precision, then Ngo is right. No further comments are required.