The same day that reports surfaced that Pennsylvania Congressman and Senate candidate Lou Barletta had connections to holocaust deniers and anti-immigrant extremists, he attended a rally with known white nationalist, Jack Posobiec. Michael Cutler, who’s written for xenophobic publications and hosted other events with Barletta, was also a speaker at the event.
Posobiec is an alt-right conspiracy theorist who’s known for leading the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, among many other debunked theories. He was also one of the organizers of the Deploraball, and after the 2016 election, Posobiec was the mastermind behind a plan to smear anti-Trump protesters by planting a “rape Melania” sign at a rally.
“Instead of distancing himself from white nationalists, it looks like Lou Barletta is doubling down,”said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “From legitimizing publications that deny the Holocaust and September 11th, to events with a guy who spreads hateful lies, this is just the latest in a long line of connections Barletta has had with extremists and conspiracy theorists throughout his career. It’s not only revolting, it’s completely out of step with Pennsylvania values, and voters will hold him accountable.”