Hoaxers Falsely Accuse Pete Buttigieg of Sexual Assault, Likely Giving His Campaign a Boost

Remember the smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh last year? Remember when grifters like Michael Avenatti and Ronan Farrow spread far-fetched stories about Kavanaugh's supposed crimes? Remember how desperate the libs were to believe any accusation, no matter how ridiculous, if they thought it would stop Kavanaugh? Remember how many journalists spread those scurrilous lies, with the ass-covering caveat that they were "big if true"?

That was wrong. So is the following.

Lachlan Markay, Kevin Poulsen, and Noah Shachtman, Daily Beast:

A pair of right-wing provocateurs are being accused of attempting to recruit young Republican men to level false allegations of sexual assault against Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg...

A Republican source told The Daily Beast that lobbyist Jack Burkman and internet troll Jacob Wohl approached him last week to try to convince him to falsely accuse Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, of engaging him sexually while he was too drunk to consent.

The source who spoke to The Daily Beast said Burkman and Wohl made clear that their goal was to kneecap Buttigieg’s momentum in the 2020 presidential race.

I have a lot of problems with Pete Buttigieg's policies, and I don't like the way he's scapegoating Mike Pence. I'm not all that impressed with Buttigieg, and I don't plan to vote for him, no matter how many times I'm called a homophobe by Dems who are obsessed with identity politics.

Also, falsely accusing Buttigieg or anybody else of committing sexual assault is wrong in every way imaginable. Jacob Wohl is a dimwitted amateur who seems to think he's the next Roger Stone, a gleeful trickster sowing chaos in his wake. But I don't think even Stone ever did anything this stupid, underhanded, and outright criminal. If he did, he's much better at covering his tracks than this kid.

If these idiots really wanted to stop Buttigieg, they've just made it a lot tougher to do. They've now made Buttigieg a victim, and to Dems that's the same thing as a hero. If Mayor Pete has even half the political smarts his starry-eyed admirers say he does, he'll capitalize on this slur against his reputation and raise his profile even more.

The libs need to lie about their opponents because liberal policies never survive contact with reality. Don't be like the libs.

But hey, at least people are talking about Jacob Wohl, right? He got the attention he craves. Maybe he can sign some autographs for the police.