Sex, Lies and Pizzerias


Washington, D.C. pizzeria Comet Ping Pong has been singled out by online conspiracy theorists as a possible hub of suspicious and downright salacious activity, the Washington City Paper reports. Specifically, the pro-Trump theorists, most of them known only by their 4chan and Reddit handles, seem to believe the pizzeria—once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives—is secretly “the potential home base of a global Democratic sex ring.” Much of the “Pizzagate” speculation has been fueled by hacked emails belonging to John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager, who has eaten at Comet Ping Pong before. Many of those emails, released by Wikileaks, make frequent, apparently innocuous references to pizza, which the theorists insist is “weird, cryptic language” for illegal sex trafficking.

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