Senior adviser at HUD spread conspiracy theory that Clinton campaign chairman was Satanist

CNN March 8, 2018 Andrew Kaczynski

A senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spread a false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a Satanic ritual,

(CNN)A senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spread a false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a Satanic ritual, a CNN KFile review of his tweets show.

28279253_10215667142741475_4404586366046701886_nJohn Gibbs is a former conservative commentator who initially joined the HUD as the director for Strong Cities and Strong Communities, a program aimed at spurring economic development at the local level.

In August of 2017, Gibbs, a political appointee, transitioned to the role of senior adviser, working in the office of the assistant secretary for community planning and development. In his current role, Gibbs is tasked with developing and implementing efforts aimed at increasing economic development programs for low-income people.

On Twitter, Gibbs made multiple references to a conspiracy theory started by far-right bloggers claiming Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta took part in a Satanic ritual. Tweets from Gibbs, archived on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, show him promoting the conspiracy four times between October 31 and November 5 of 2016, using the hashtag #SpiritCooking. The hashtag originated from an email of Podesta’s released by WikiLeaks, which members of the far-right claimed, without evidence, that Podesta was involved in a Satanic ritual that involved bodily fluids.

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A spokesman for the department declined to comment, saying the agency doesn’t weigh in on comments not made as a public official. Gibbs did not return a request for comment.

! What's your preferred gender - #PIZZAGATE.jpgGibbs’ Twitter page is now set to private, which means the general public can’t see his full history of tweets. Tweets archived on the Wayback Machine only offer a small window into his Twitter activity.

When radio host Wayne Dupree, who is known for spreading a conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, tweeted that Clinton was losing black voters’ support because her campaign manager took part in “Satanic #SpiritCooking,” Gibbs quote tweeted him, writing, “True, true, and true. #Trump #SpiritCooking #BlackLivesMatter.”

! pT5D46UIn another tweet, Gibbs targeted artist Marina Abramovic, whom bloggers claimed was part of the conspiracy, writing, “Marina Abramovic, woman at the center of #SpiritCooking scandal, has a Twitter handle that ends in 666. You can’t make this stuff up.”

In tweets from early 2016, Gibbs also blasted “cucks,” a derogatory term used by the alt-right to insult establishment conservatives, and derided the Democratic Party for accepting Islam.

! Podesta Who Wants to be a Millionaire Game Show Question Anwer ChoicesWhen far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was facing backlash for comments he made endorsing sex between young boys and older men, Gibbs called the comment “indefensible,” but added the controversy might “tame his ego a bit, and helps focus his outrageousness on leftists & cucks, not the good guys.”

In another tweet from October 2016, Gibbs also defended Ricky Vaughn, an alt-right figure who often tweeted anti-Semitic sentiments, when Twitter banned Vaughn, an anonymous user, from the platform.

“#Twitter down big today because they banned Ricky? #FreeRicky,” he wrote.
In a February 2016 tweet, Gibbs said the Democratic Party had become the party of “Islam, gender-bending, anti-police” and the party of people who accuse others of racism.


HUD adviser spread conspiracy theory about Clinton campaign chairman taking part in Satanic ritual

John Gibbs, who later became a senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, shared a conspiracy theory on Twitter. (CBS BOSTON)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS BY JESSICA CHIA  Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:31 AM

John Gibbs shared the wild conspiracy on Twitter, CNN first reported. He used the hashtag #SpiritCooking, which originated from one of John Podesta’s emails after they were hacked and published on WikiLeaks in the run-up to the presidential elections.Legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic emailed Podesta’s brother Tony Podesta — a lobbyist and prominent art collector — about a “Spirit Cooking” dinner at her home and asked if his brother wanted to join.Tony Podesta then forwarded the email to John Podesta, who fell for a spear-phishing scam that was part of a broad effort among the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 elections.102716117645, 21334631,Artist Marina Abramovic attends The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in New York.While Abramovic staged a “Spirit Cooking” performance that involved painting with pigs’ blood in the 1990s, she denied the dinner — a reward for donating to her Kickstarter — was anything unusual.

On her Kickstarter, donors who contributed more than $10,000 were invited to a “Spirit Cooking” event described as “a dinner night with Marina during which she will teach you and other backers at this level how to cook a series of traditional soups.”

But Infowars’ Alex Jones and alt-right blogger Mike Cernovich seized on the strange phrase and fanned the flames of speculation while the infamous Pizzagate theory raged online.

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Podesta fell for a spear-phishing scam that was part of a broad effort among the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 elections.

In the days leading up to the elections, Gibbs wrote, “Marina Abramovic, woman at the center of the #SpiritCooking scandal, has a Twitter handle that ends in 666. You can’t make this stuff up.”

In February 2016, Gibbs also described the Democratic Party as the party of “Islam, gender-bending, anti-police.”

Gibbs, who was appointed as a senior adviser last August, is tasked with boosting economic development for low-income people.

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