There were grifty glimmers in this interview Jon Ritzheimer gave to Anderson Cooper last week before his little "free speech event" at a mosque in Phoenix. You hear them when he whines about his family leaving their home.
That was the hook; this week is the grab. Because grifters gotta grift, don't you know?
Jon Ritzheimer, the man who organized an anti-Muslim protest rally and “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest on Friday in Phoenix, reportedly launched aGoFundMe page to raise $10 million to “protect his family.”
KPNX television reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted on Sunday that Ritzheimer had set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10 million to “protect his family or run against” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
One thing wingnuts understand fully: how to turn their own idiocy into dollars. And of course, he turned to Facebook for the ask.
He may not get much money, but he should definitely get a WAAAHMBULANCE.
Ritzheimer told television station KSAZ on Friday that he was going into hiding after the rally, which drew hundreds of people, including many who opposed him.
“I’m having to sell my house,” Ritzheimer told the station. “My family’s been threatened, so they’re in hiding right now. I’m having to go into hiding after this because they’re calling for lone wolves to come and behead me.”
Point number one: He's probably lying about the threats, but it's possible he's gotten random threats from other equally loony wingnuts around the earth.
Point number two: Did no one tell him free speech and expression has consequences? Did he think he got to spew hate without any blowback?
Nah, he's just playing it up for the sucker bucks.