July 11, 2017 11:34 am -

Remember Peter W. Smith?

Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers.

In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, the GOP operative, Peter W. Smith, implied he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, at the time a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.

Honestly, this new development does not surprise us in the least:

In his Hail Mary bid to tip the election to Trump, Republican private equity executive [Smith] enlisted two controversial alt-right activists to help him understand the workings of the internet and make contacts in Trump’s orbit, according to interviews with those involved and emails obtained by Politico.

The activists, the journalist-turned-entrepreneur Charles Johnson [more well-known as Chuck Johnson] and his former business partner Pax Dickinson, agreed to help Smith’s quixotic mission, which failed to track down copies of Clinton’s emails.

Johnson is a polarizing figure who was banned from Twitter in 2015 after promoting an effort to “take out” a Black Lives Matter activist but maintains ties to White House officials.

Smith also reached out to “Guccifer 2.0”—an alias the U.S. intelligence community has linked to Russian state hackers—and was advised to seek the help of a white nationalist hacker who lives in Ukraine.

… Johnson, a former Breitbart reporter, said he first encountered the Chicagoan around 2013 when the two collaborated on opposition research about Barack Obama.

Johnson is a virulent racist who

has numerous ties to the racist “Alt-Right” and has professed white supremacist views.

In July 2016, Johnson appeared as a guest on the racist radio show Fash the Nation, in which he claimed that he got interested in “race realism” – a phrase white nationalists use to refer to their racist ideology – at a young age, and had already read the pseudoscientific book The Bell Curve, which claims that blacks are intellectually inferior to whites. On the show, he maintained that ethnic and racial stereotypes are “largely true” and he admitted to factoring them into hiring practices and also that blacks are dumber than whites.

And at a certain point you…If we’re all the same, you would have statistically expected that if blacks are fifteen percent of the population, they would make up, you know, fifteen percent of honors winners, you know, honor students or whatever. And yet that’s never the case. And so you have to sit…You have to believe — that every single school on the planet, and in every single environment that’s run by white people — that they’re systematically discriminating against blacks for some reason. Or you have to believe the more obvious thing which is that they’re dumber. And enough experience with them kind of persuades you that the dumber thing is probably true.Regarding Jews, Johnson had this to say:

Regarding Jews, Johnson had this to say:You know, when you do anything sort of, like, involving IQ of above 130 you’re gonna meet a lot of Jews. And what’s interesting to me is how they’re both, like, victim and oppressor in their psychology. And just how neurotic they are as a group. So I think it’s…You know, my attitude is that they should be on tap but never really on top of a lot of decision-making, except for rare exceptions to the rule.

But for me, the neuroticism that’s clearly a big part of their evolutionary situation is interesting. And of course I get very upset with them because they have this idea that most goyim that they meet are actually quite dumb. And that’s true for a lot of them but I always have to sort of like set them apart and be like, ‘Look, I know you meet a lot of stupid ones but like I’m the exception. You know, and you need to start treating me with respect.’ It’s interesting how, when you say that, a lot of the tricks that they try to use on people, they just sort of, like, disappear. …And it is interesting how the things that are the most screwed up in our society — media, education, and government — seem to have a disproportionate number of them.

This is the kind of company the Republican “opposition research” community keeps. ‘Nuff said.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.