Thursday morning it looked like it was going to be a banner day for Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald.
Several national news outlets were running stories about McDonald sharing a video of a handful of his party faithful yelling “Stop the impeachment” and, of course, “Pocahontas,” at Elizabeth Warren in the Reno airport Wednesday. The story got more legs when the Reno airport apologized to Warren:
.@RenoAirport Authority apologizes to @ewarren for the group of protestors on 10/2 in violation of airport policies. Airport Police weren't given prior notice of the arrival. Protestors didn't follow the permit process & the airport's attorney will be investigating the incident.
— Reno-Tahoe Airport (@RenoAirport) October 3, 2019
But then the story got even more legs, especially among right-wing websites, when someone who worked for former Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s failed reelection campaign complained that the Reno airport didn’t apologize to Heller when people nagged him in the airport last year. By Thursday afternoon, the video of Nevada Republicans yelling “Pocahontas” at Warren had more than 1.6 million views.
So lots of publicity — and lots of opportunity to ask people for money. For McDonald, all in all, a pretty good day.
Alas, however, as the day progressed, a small band of Republicans yelling racial slurs at Warren in the Reno airport was not the Warren story everyone was following.
Instead, the political world was captivated by another variety of right-wing extremism in the form of conspiracy theorist and serial fantabulist Jacob Wohl, who held a press conference to announce that Warren has been having an affair with a 24-year-old body-building Marine.
Today’s Jacob Wohl press conference topic: pic.twitter.com/48cSCHlrpw
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 3, 2019
Among other things, Wohl and his hapless accomplices alleged Warren wanted “extensive BDSM play,” i.e, bondage, discipline, sadomasochism, etc.
Wohl’s account, like all Wohl’s accounts, was sheer fantasy, contrived to attract attention not to Warren but to Wohl.
As the New York magazine blog The Cut observed, really all Wohl had done was “make Elizabeth Warren sound cool. Oh, a poly sex-positive queen running for president? You think that wouldn’t make Gen Z rush to the polls?”
Meantime, Elizabeth Warren easily won the internet.
It's always a good day to be reminded that I got where I am because a great education was available for $50 a semester at the University of Houston (go Cougars!). We need to cancel student debt and make college free for everyone who wants it. pic.twitter.com/fHasLm0j9P
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 3, 2019
This is not to say that Michael McDonald and his Nevada Republican Party, including those who protested in the Reno airport without a permit so they could hurl racist slurs at Warren, didn’t have a good day. They undoubtedly sold some T-shirts.
And they might have sold a lot more, too, if it wasn’t for that darned Jacob Wohl.