Trump fires transition team member for spreading Pizzagate conspiracy theory


President-elect Donald Trump has fired a member of his transition team for spreading the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory that led a man to open fire at a Washington, DC pizzeria this week. Michael Flynn, the son of Trump’s national security advisor, was fired from the transition team on Tuesday, The New York Times reports, after he said on Twitter that the fake news story had still not been debunked.

Flynn posted the tweet hours after an armed man walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria and fired at least one shot. The man, Edgar Maddison Welch, told police that he came to the restaurant to “self-investigate” the Pizzagate story: a false conspiracy theory that accused the restaurant of hosting a child sex trafficking ring operated by top…

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