In August 2019, Connor Betts opened fire on a crowded street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Armed with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, the Antifa supporter fired into the crowd killing 9 including his own sister and wounding 27 others.
The Dayton Ohio terrorist was a pro-ANTIFA far left wing activist who regularly followed far left wing media and activist accounts. One of the last Tweets Connor Betts engaged with was one from far left wing activist Jared Holt spreading disinformation about me. To know that a terrorist was reading about me hours before he went on his attack is chilling, and shows why the far left targets me. They are sending signals to their terrorist fan base.
Some would say that Connor Betts’ likes and retweets aren’t relevant. We can dismiss that argument because all of the people cited above have said that content creators are responsible for their fans behaviors. For example, the Canada mosque shooting was blamed on Ben Shapiro because the attacker read Shapiro on Twitter. Read, The Washington Post, “Canadian Mosque Shooter Scoured Twitter Before the Attack.”
There have been also calls by Media Matters and others to deplatform conservatives under the theory that conservative “rhetoric” is radicalizing people.
Here are some far left wing media and activist accounts Dayton Ohio terrorist would read and retweet.
Connor Betts was a fan of Media Matters.
Connor Betts was a fan of NBC “reporter” Ben Collins.
Ben Collins went on to television to falsely claim that Betts wasn’t “either side” politically.
This is false, as even a cursory review of Betts’ social media reveals. Betts’ was far left wing, he hated Trump and conservatives, and he loved the left.
Aaron Rupar writes at Vox, and the Dayton Ohio terrorist was a fan of his.
One of the last Tweets Betts’ like was one spreading disinformation by me.
Far left wing activist Jared Holt falsely claimed I had advance knowledge of the El Paso shooting, due to a Tweet I imprecisely worded. (Holt did not contact me for comment before attempting to tie me to a major act of terrorism.)
Connor Betts was a huge fan of Jared Holt’s, and Holt himself panicked once this connection was discovered.
Connor Betts would like and Retweet Jared Holt regularly. Once Holt’s connection to the shooter was discovered, Holt went into damage control mode, deleting old Tweets and also blocked Betts. (Blocking Betts would cause all Retweets by Betts to disappear from Betts’ timeline.)
Connor Betts also enjoyed Will Sommer of the Daily Beast.
Connor Betts was hardcore far left, and he was reading Twitter hours or maybe even minutes before the attack.
Betts also said that he would vote for Elizabeth Warren and was an AOC supporter as well as an avowed socialist.
Connor Betts agreed with an amplified a death threat against Jack Posobiec 4 hours before the attack.
Posobiec is regularly the target of smear pieces by Ben Collins and Jared Holt, who the Dayton Ohio terrorist read and enjoyed.
While journalism matters, one is left wondering if those who obsessively write articles about Posobiec and other conservatives are sending signals to their readers, a target list if you will.