Who is Liz Crokin? Trump hosts event with QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theorist at his Mar-a-Lago club
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: It has just been two weeks since Donald Trump was heavily criticized for having dinner with Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes. The former president has now welcomed a QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theorist at his Mar-A-Lago club in Florida on Tuesday night, December 6. A celeb gossip columnist Liz Crokin, now famous for endorsing far-right conspiracy theories, gave a speech at a gathering to collect money to combat child trafficking, as per her social media feed and a press release.
America Futures, a conservative organization run by Mike Flynn, who briefly served as Donald Trump's national security adviser in 2017, hosted the fundraiser. The Pizzagate hoax, which mistakenly believed a Washington, DC pizza business was the hub of a Democratic politicians' child sex network, and QAnon beliefs both prominently feature child trafficking, as per Daily Mail.
Crokin penned in a post on social media that reads, "Tonight I had the privilege and honor to speak at America's Future fundraiser to combat child trafficking at Mar-A-Lago. Some of the topics I discussed were Pizzagate, Balenciaga and what President Trump's administration did to combat human trafficking." Due to child pornographic legal documents appearing in a July photo shoot, the fashion label Balenciaga is at the heart of a scandal. Outside organizations routinely host events at Trump's Florida residence. Like other times, he interrupted the meeting to extend his guests a warm welcome. "You are incredible people and doing unbelievable work,' he can be heard in a video posted by Crokin. "We just appreciate you being here and I hope you’re going to be back ... and back many times and for many years." The former president poses with Crokin in a picture that is posted on social media, and they both give thumbs up.
Trump is still facing criticism for having dinner at his Florida mansion with antisemitic rapper Kanye West and Fuentes, a Holocaust denier with a history of promoting anti-Semitic ideas. Later, the former leader claimed on his Truth Social platform that Ye had asked for the meeting and that he was unfamiliar with Fuentes. But it immediately sparked concerns about the vetting process for guests to Mar-a-Lago now that Trump has declared his candidacy for president in 2024. These concerns will only get worse with Tuesday's event.
Who is Liz Crokin?
Liz Crokin is a former journalist and celebrity gossip writer who has over 100,000 followers on her Telegram channel despite being blocked from other social networking sites. She started her career as a tabloid journalist and is originally from Illinois. She began her long career with the Tribune Company in 2002 when she accepted a reporting position at the City News Service, a news organization renowned for helping other prominent journalists, such as Mike Royko, launch their careers. There, she covered crime, politics, and other hard news stories in The Windy City. Her first of several hundred RedEye gossip columns, which featured an interview with Eddie Vedder and Steven Tyler, was published in September 2003. She spent seven years penning the well-read weekly piece.