Teen conservative star CJ Pearson apparently hoaxed the White House

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Did White House really ban a teen critic from Twitter?.

The White House has denied blocking a 13-year-old conservative activist on Twitter after he criticsed Obama’s decision to invite 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed to the White House. “If you think the American people are gonna fall for your little tricks, you’re downright crazy,” he said. “This administration has lied to the American people time and time again. In February, the Georgia teenager created a YouTube video echoing the sentiments of a speech by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, challenging Mr.

If you loved America, you would call ISIS what it is,” he says, “if you loved America, President Obama, you wouldn’t try to take away what hard-working Americans have worked for their entire lives.” The video garnered more than 2 million views, and it was enough to attract the attention of some of the GOP’s more important leaders. Oliver Darcy, a reporter for the site, was asking Pearson to prove — as he had claimed, to great viral attention — that President Obama had truly blocked him on Twitter.

Pearson called this “outrageous.” But one other Twitter user says that when Pearson accused Obama of blocking him, he was still following the President on Twitter. In lieu of proof, Pearson was calling for help. “In a few minutes, @oliverdarcy is going to release a hit article on me and I’m going to take it,” Pearson wrote. “Because here’s what the PR folks are saying: say you lied and apologize to avoid backlash.

Pearson called the spokesman’s denial “outrageous” and responded by uploading a video blasting the president for allegedly lying about the incident. Based on how much Pearson has criticized Obama in the past (another video is titled “President Obama: Do you really love America?”), he will surely have more to say about the President’s Twitter account soon.

First, Twitter users aren’t permitted to follow accounts that block them, yet Pearson could be seen following Obama’s account moments after making the claim he was blocked. Coreco JaQuan Pearson’s profile had been growing well before the Twitter story, thanks to his precocious and silver-tongued video denunciations of the president. The turmoil surrounding Ahmed’s case has had a harmful effect on the teen, Mr Mohamed said, adding that his son has lost his appetite and is not sleeping well. In response, White House assistant press secretary Frank Benenati tweeted that CJ was wrong – that the @POTUS account has never blocked anyone on Twitter. In 2009, it was 13-year old Jonathan Krohn — also a Georgian — giving a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and becoming a quasi-celebrity.

On Thursday, after this reporter’s tweets about the matter gained online attention, Pearson told TheBlaze that he no longer had the original copy of the screen grab. In 2013 it was Benji Backer, a 16-year old Wisconsinite whose story of high school administrators suppressing his political views got him onstage at CPAC and other conferences. After the subsequent piece went live, he said in a Facebook post that he’s moving on from this incident. “I’m not responding to fraudulent attacks on my character by the left nor RINOs,” CJ writes. “My friend sent me the screenshot, since I accessed my account using his phone. Backer’s exit was quicker: By 2015, he worried that a political life was making him “selfish.” Pearson entered the political life with gusto, and no qualms. Pearson became a fervent Cruz supporter; in September, the Cruz campaign announced his new role as the head of “Teens for Ted,” and Pearson added a TedCruz.org email address to his Twitter profile.

But just four months later, Pearson announced that he would “take a break from politics and commentary.” The reason was a complicated and quickly terminated fight with an obscure Twitter account with only (as of right now) 33 followers and no public profile. Jon Richards, a blogger for Georgia’s PeachPundit, noticed that the most toxic aspect of the fight came from an account that egged it on with a racial slur.

Business Insider upgraded him from a rising star to a “leading 13-year old pundit.” And then, Pearson tweeted what he claimed was a screenshot of @BarackObama blocking his account. As more questions swirled online, Pearson warned his fans that the “incriminating” piece was coming, but never said publicly whether it could be trusted. After a short conversation, he pointed to the tweetstorm he’d written after reading the Blaze piece, about how “young conservatives have made the movement look foolish.” He wasn’t a part of that, but he knew Pearson was headed for a fall. “I tried to give CJ advice,” Backer wrote. “And I know he’s going to lash out at me now.

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