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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51220"><span class="small">EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone</span></a>   
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 12:14

Dickson writes: "When alleged mob boss Frank Cali was brutally gunned down in Staten Island last March, people automatically assumed that it was a Mafia-related killing by a young upstart eager to advance in the Gambino crime family, or a harbinger of a coming Mafia war."

Anthony Comello was arrested for the murder of reputed mob boss Frank Cali. (photo: Seth Wenig/AP/Shutterstock)
Anthony Comello was arrested for the murder of reputed mob boss Frank Cali. (photo: Seth Wenig/AP/Shutterstock)

Killer Says He Murdered Reputed Mafia Boss to Protect Trump

By EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone

23 July 19

Anthony Comello, 24, murdered alleged mob boss Frank Cali because he became convinced he was part of a deep-state conspiracy against President Trump, his lawyer alleges

hen alleged mob boss Frank Cali was brutally gunned down in Staten Island last March, people automatically assumed that it was a Mafia-related killing by a young upstart eager to advance in the Gambino crime family, or a harbinger of a coming Mafia war. That narrative was significantly complicated, however, when details emerged that Anthony Comello, the 24-year-old man accused of murdering Cali, was alleged to not have had any Mafia ties at all, but did have a relationship with Cali’s niece, of which the Mob boss apparently did not approve. Court documents filed today shed further light on Comello’s motive: that Comello may have been driven to kill Cali by his belief in QAnon, a wide-ranging conspiracy theory that alleges the existence of a deep-state conspiracy targeting President Donald Trump.

According to new court documents, Comello’s lawyer, Robert C. Gottlieb, alleges that Comello had no intention of murdering Cali when he arrived at his home in the Staten Island neighborhood of Todt Hill. Instead, he planned to arrest him, as evidenced by the fact that police found handcuffs in his car after he was taken into custody. Comello had fallen deep into the rabbit hole of internet forums speculating about the existence of a left-wing deep state conspiracy. “Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support,” Mr. Gottlieb wrote. Gottlieb is hoping that this argument will convince the court that his client is not guilty by reason of mental defect, and that the court will decline to prosecute him on murder charges.

A conspiracy theory stemming from the anonymous message board forums 4chan, QAnon alludes to “Q,” an anonymous poster claiming to be a high-ranking government official with security clearance who has knowledge of a deep-state conspiracy against President Trump. Q has alleged, among other things, that Democratic establishment figures such as Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, and Barack Obama are members of a child sex trafficking ring, and that the Robert Mueller investigation into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia is actually a front for investigating the ring. QAnon believers look forward to the “Storm,” or the day when Trump exposes those colluding against him and throws them in Guantanamo Bay, and frequently analyze Trump’s rallies and speeches for hints, or “breadcrumbs,” referring to the Storm. (There is no evidence to support any of these allegations.)

According to Gottlieb, Comello became deeply obsessed with QAnon-related message boards shortly after Trump was elected, and became convinced that he was a vigilante working on Trump’s behalf. Earlier this year, he arrived at Gracie Mansion to hold suspected deep state member Mayor Bill DeBlasio under citizen’s arrest; he also approached U.S. federal marshals to ask them for their assistance in arresting two Democratic officials that are frequently associated with QAnon, Reps. Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff. (The federal marshals declined.) “Mr. Comello’s support for ‘QAnon’ went beyond mere participation in a radical political organization,” Mr. Gottlieb wrote. “It evolved into a delusional obsession.”

This is not the first time QAnon believers have been linked to violence. Last year, Reddit banned a QAnon subreddit after it had been deluged with violent threats from supporters; earlier this year, a 22-year-old man accused of attempting to burn down a pizzeria associated with Pizzagate, a related far-right conspiracy theory, was found to have reposted a QAnon video hours before the incident.

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+45 # johnescher 2019-07-23 12:58
Another dim bulb.
+12 # economagic 2019-07-23 17:31
Whackos abounding. Unfortunately there are so many lies and so much BS flying around everywhere, on top of plentiful misinformation from common ignoramuses, It really IS difficult to distinguish information that might be true from that which could not possibly be so on the spur of the moment.
+7 # Texas Aggie 2019-07-24 07:26
Poe's Law - without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of the parodied views.
+15 # Jude 2019-07-23 17:16
Yes, either another deplorable dim bulb, "not guilty by reason of mental defect,” or maybe a canny way to get a pardon from his beloved fuhrer.
+4 # economagic 2019-07-24 20:07
Yes, remember the murder of Harvey Milk and the successful (in San Francisco in the 70s) "Twinkie Defense."
+23 # jimallyn 2019-07-23 17:41
There is a deep state conspiracy alright, but it is anything but left wing. I wish it was left wing!
+4 # RICHARDKANE.Philadelphia 2019-07-23 18:28
Lets spread this story far and wide
+13 # revhen 2019-07-23 18:48
85 years old and this is the craziest nation and world he has experienced.
+20 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-07-23 20:43
It’s madness, of course; & terribly, deadly infectious.
+3 # Jude 2019-07-23 23:05
My fear exactly, Koot. I feel it spreading here to Canada. Our election will say a lot.
+2 # Jim Rocket 2019-07-23 23:21
Good luck in prison Anthony.
+9 # treerapper 2019-07-24 01:59
This is what Depravity Don feeds - depravity.
+5 # Texas Aggie 2019-07-24 07:32
Like that jerk in FL who is trying to blame Phat Boy for him going off the deep end, this screwed up twit is too dangerous to be allowed on the street. He has no idea what he did wrong or that what he did was whacky. If he walks, it will be only a matter of time before he kills someone else, that is if Cali's associates don't disappear him first.
+10 # SusanT136 2019-07-24 09:07
Was this guy flagged after he tried to put Di Blasio under “citizen’s arrest”? I bet there are hundreds if not thousands of “QAnon” loose cannons running around ready to go off.
+1 # economagic 2019-07-24 20:19
I have this theory: Five hundred years ago (say), the population of a large village might have been 500 people. There would likely have been one crazy person in the village, and everyone would have known him and helped to prevent him from doing harm to himself and others.

Today a mid-sized city woluld have a population of about 500,000 people. Even if the ration hasn't change (which it almost certainly has, for numerous reasons), that's 500 crazy people in a bustling city of half a million, with nobody knowing who they are or what they're up to.

This cannot by itself explain why everybody and everything today seems crazy, but it may have something to do with it.
+5 # WorkingClass 2019-07-25 08:36
Well, being a strong supporter of Trump and a "mental defect defense" makes perfect sense to me.
+2 # zepp 2019-07-26 10:19
It's sort of refreshing to have a criminal scandal that involves Trump but where he pretty clearly isn't at the center of it.