Who … Or WHAT … is Jacob Wohl?

Meet the new Alex Jones.  His name is Jacob Wohl, he is 21-years-old, and calls himself a “corporate and political intel consultant”.  In truth, he is a scammer and a conspiracy theorist who has been banned from Twitter and was barred from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week.  By himself, he is a joke … laughable.  The danger lies in that some people are actually falling for his multiple hoaxes.

So, who … or what … is Jacob Wohl?  He first came onto the scene in the middle of 2017, when he posted a lovey-dovey tweet about how ‘wonderful’ Donald Trump was and Trump, naturally, re-tweeted it for it fed his very hungry ego.  At that time, he billed himself as a ‘financial manager’, or a hedge-fund manager (at 20 years old???), and had already gained a reputation “for defrauded investors, various boffo shenanigans and a batch of regulators on his trail”, according to TalkingPointsMemo.    According to his website at the time, which is no longer in existence, he “launched his first ‘hedge fund’ at age 16 while still in high school and ‘received attention from around the world for being the youngest hedge fund manager of all time.’”

After a 2017 investigation into fraudulent practices and complaints about thievery, the National Futures Association (NFA), a non-governmental industry watchdog, banned Wohl for life from the NFA or operating as a principal for any NFA member.  The State of Arizona has banned him from all business activities in their state.  There are numerous instances of his dishonesty, nay … thievery … but that is not my purpose today … my purpose today is his present scam.  Not even ‘of age’ yet, and one career already shot to heck.

You’ll remember the unsubstantiated and false rumour that Donald Trump started in 2011 where he posited that President Obama was not, in fact, born in the U.S.?  Well, Wohl started his own ‘birther’ rumour …

“Kamala Harris is NOT eligible to be President. Her father arrived from Jamaica in 1961—mother from India arrived in 1960.  Neither parent was a legal resident for 5 years prior to Harris’s birth, a requirement for naturalization.  Kamala was raised in Canada.” — Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) January 22, 2019

The facts:  Ms. Harris was born in Oakland, California, in 1964, thereby making her a citizen of the U.S.  When she was twelve years old, her parents had been divorced for five years, and her mother took the children and moved to Canada.  In 1981, Mr. Harris moved to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University where she majored in Political Science and Economics.  After graduation from Howard, she returned to California where she earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1989.  She meets every criteria for the office of president, contrary to Wohl’s suggestion, and is, in fact, far more qualified than the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Wohl also set his sights on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg after her recent cancer diagnosis, claiming she was either secretly dead, or in a vegetative state from which she would never return.  I wonder how silly he feels now, seeing that she has returned to the bench?

He also claimed that the pipe bombs sent to a number of democrats last year were a ‘false flag’ operation.  I wonder how he explains the arrest of Cesar Sayoc last October and the 30 charges against him for making and sending the bombs?

And just before the mid-term elections last year, he claimed to have ‘proof’ that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had been credibly accused of sexual assault.  Another blatant falsehood, the product of Wohl’s imagination, as even the woman he claimed had accused Mueller, one Carolyne Cass, said that Wohl “made it up,” deceived her with a false identity and tried to coerce her to appear at a news conference against her will. That one put him on the radar of the FBI.  And one of his most infamous tweets was his claim that Donald Trump should be made “president for life” … oh, the horror!!! 😱

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His latest conspiracy theory centers around the freshman representative from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar.  He claims that Omar’s ex-husband Ahmed Elmi is actually her brother and that she married him to help him get US citizenship.  There is absolutely no evidence to support his claim, and it wouldn’t make sense anyway, for she could have just as easily petitioned US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to bring her brother to the U.S. without marrying him!  But, Ms. Omar is the target of a number of conspiracy theories, including one that she has some connection to the 9/11 terrorists.  Again, there is no evidence at all to support this, but she is an easy target because … she is a Muslim, one of the first two Muslim representatives in Congress, and Trump’s supporters believe his lies that all Muslims are terrorists.

Wohl has gone so far as to connect with right-wing activist Laura Loomer, solicit funds equal to $25,000 to travel to Minneapolis to attempt to prove his claims.Wohl-solicitationHe and Laura claim they are being targeted, wear bullet-proof vests, and claim they need an armoured car for their protection.  More likely, nobody recognizes nor cares overly much about them.

But by far the most concerning thing he has done is that which got him banned from Twitter.  According to an article in USA Today

Wohl disclosed a raft of schemes he says are in the works that he hopes will resonate in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. 

He says he plans to create “enormous left-wing online properties” – such as deceptive Facebook and Twitter accounts – “and use those to steer the left-wing votes in the primaries to what we feel are weaker candidates compared with Trump.” It’s a plot similar to what Mueller has charged in indictments that the Russians crafted in an effort to boost the 2016 campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein and hobble Hillary Clinton. 

Another stated scheme: seeking to collect damaging information on left-leaning non-profits including Media Matters for America, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Right Wing Watch by offering their insiders “moral reconciliation,” and if that doesn’t work, “things of worth” – such as money.

Wohl said he planned to create “enormous left-wing online properties” in a bid to steer voters “to what we feel are weaker candidates compared with Trump.”  Twitter’s investigation found Wohl already had created some of those accounts, including @women_4_schultz, which sought to advance the early candidacy of Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO who has threatened to run as an independent in 2020.

While Twitter has permanently suspended Wohl’s account, there are other social media platforms, such as Facebook.  I understand that he is a large presence on Instagram.  I found his response to his lifetime ban a bit chilling …

“It’s all fun, man. You gotta have fun with this. I had fun with Twitter. They banned me? Oh well — it’s not the end of the world.”

We need not fear people crossing the southern border seeking asylum.  We need not fear Muslim refugees from the Middle East.  We need to fear the likes of Jacob Wohl who have set out to tamper with our elections, who are filling empty minds with conspiracy theories against good people, and who are seriously trying to bring about the fall of this nation.  This, then, is the face of ugly …face-of-ugly-wohl

24 thoughts on “Who … Or WHAT … is Jacob Wohl?

  1. Dear Jill,

    If any Harm comes to Re. Omar, Jacob Wohl deserves to be placed behind bars. I just blogged on this earlier asking the Democratic leadership like Speaker Pelosi to be more protective of her Freshman class of US House representatives.

    It seems that the new Congressional members like AOC and Rep Omar are being set up for target practice by GOP members. The democratic leadership needs to counterattack this lack of decorum, bigly. For decades, HRC was a victim of GOP constant attacks, fake news and conspiracy theories with little protection from her own party. I don’t want to see a repeat.

    Hugs, Gronda .

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    • Frankly, I think he should already be behind bars. There is a fine line between ‘free speech’ and speech that puts people in jeopardy, and in my opinion, Wohl has already crossed that line. There is no place in our society for his ilk.

      Like you, I do NOT want to see a repeat of the lies and cruelty that were inflicted upon Hillary Clinton, but in truth, I think we are about to see not only a repeat, but something much worse, much uglier. And it is being encouraged from the very top. I don’t like this at all … I’ve been reading a lot in the past year about Hitler’s rise to power, and I’m seeing some parallels that I really don’t like. Sigh.

      Hugs!

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  2. The one thing Trump has done that is genuinely clever is to see that if you tell a large group of people what they want to hear, even if it is obviously and provably false, crazy even,, they will support you come what may. And now the other kooks are joining in. We have a few on this side of the pond, too, regrettably.

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  3. Thank you–this is good to know about ahead of time. I think we are going to see a lot of social media trolling again in 2020, trying to influence the election results, and we need to be prepared. I’m trying to be aware and keep an eye out for it.

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    • I agree with you. Since it worked so well in 2016, I expect it to be even more prevalent in 2020, and few in the administration seem the least bit concerned. I’m glad you are keeping your eyes open … I’m betting there are many more like him out there.

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  4. Jill, I am not a fan of conspiracy theorists. They tend to be fueled by and cater to extemists. Some are unwitting ot witting agents of Russia. When they hear their words come out of Trump’s mouth, they have scored.

    What i find interesting is how real conspiracies get overlooked. Such as the fossil fuel/ global warming hoax issue . Or, Senator Mitch McConnell having a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service buried before the 2012 election as it showed trickle down economics does not work.

    Keith

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    • No, I share your dislike of conspiracy theorists. There is danger, though, when a number of people will believe them and act on those beliefs. Wohl seems eager and determined to put out misinformation prior to next year’s election, and we’ve seen how that can pose a danger to a fair election. And I’m betting he isn’t the only one … well heck, we KNOW he isn’t the only one! Sometimes I really do think there need to be some limits to ‘free speech’. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to feel that we’re fighting an uphill battle for truth, honesty, integrity and transparency.

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      • Maybe, when someone refers to or cites what one of these conspiracy theorists say, we should speak in general terms, so as not to offend, but get our point across. We might respond:
        – I saw that. Can you believe people actually fall for this stuff?
        – Or, a friend of mine would say, “Of all the people in the world, he certainly is one of them.”

        – Then there are the two sister responses for inane comments, “God love him” or “Bless his heart.”

        I think we need to focus on the inanity of the commenter, not the one sharing the reference. It gives the referencer a chance to laugh with you. Maybe we should do that with the President. “Donald Trump, bless his heart, he can’t help himself.”
        Keith

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        • You are so much kinder and also more sensible than I am! I have to laugh about using “Bless his heart” or “God love him”, for those are the exact things my dear mother-in-law used to say when someone spoke nonsense! You are right, that we must be careful not to offend the one sharing the reference. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but definitely the wrong approach. I just have a hot head sometimes and lash out before taking time to think. Sigh.

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  5. Fascinating how individuals can make claims and the susceptible will believe them. It matters not that they have no evidence to back up these claims. All that’s required is for them to say what others want to hear and it becomes FACT. Our current POTUS is an excellent example.

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    • Therein lies the danger, that some people will believe whatever he says, no matter how ridiculous. Remember Alex Jones’ claims that Sandy Hook was a ‘false flag’ operation and no children actually died? Many people believed that and still today some of the parents who lost children are being harassed and threatened.

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