James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Ping Pong, joined Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Thursday night to speak out about “Pizzagate” and “fake news.”
Kelly’s interview with Alefantis follows an incident where a man named Edgar Maddison Welch read a story online claiming that the pizza parlor was the location of a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton.
On December 4, Welch came into Alefantis’ restaurant with an AR-15, and fired the weapon multiple times in an attempt to find underground rooms and vaults where he thought children were being raped.
After the story emerged online, it was quickly picked up and shared by message boards, small websites that recirculate headline news, and conservative commentators with histories of exploring into conspiracy theories. The story picked up steam and soon became known as “Pizzagate”, that’s when Alefantis said he received threatening messages on social media.
“It’s dangerous,” Alefantis said, speaking of he and Kelly label as “fake news.” “What happens is, this person was inspired to drive across four state lines with an assault rifle and enter a family-friendly restaurant at 3 o’clock in the afternoon on a Sunday.”
Alefantis says this incident proves that “fake news” has potential consequences, and actions must be taken to prevent more conspiracy theories like this from taking hold.
“This could happen to anyone,” Alefantis said. “It’s not just us. It’s any single person.”
Kelly’s interview with Alefantis can be seen below:
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