Edgar Maddison Welch PizzaGate Theory: Was The Comet Ping Pong Shooter A Crisis Actor? New Conspiracy Theory Takes Hold [Debunked]

Nathan Francis

The PizzaGate conspiracy theory took another strange twist with claims that Edgar Maddison Welch was a paid crisis actor sent to shoot up the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria as a false flag attack to discredit the investigations into an underground sex ring.

For those who had never heard of PizzaGate, the conspiracy theory jumped from the dark corners of the internet and into the mainstream this week when Welch went into the Washington, D.C., pizzeria armed with an AR-15 rifle and tried to find evidence of what he believed to be a pedophile ring.

He is a subscriber to a theory cooked up largely on the image-sharing site 4chan, and the link-sharing site Reddit claiming that Hillary Clinton and her former campaign manager John Podesta are involved in a pedophile ring operating out of a popular Washington pizza place called Comet Ping Pong.

Evidence for the PizzaGate theory comes only in the way of what proponents say are "code words" hidden within leaked emails from Podesta. They also point to what they believe are strange coincidences --- Instagram photos they claim shows child abuse, and references to what they believe is a chamber for raping and murdering children hidden in the basement of Comet Ping Pong.

Edgar Maddison Welch was trying to find evidence of this child sex ring when he stormed into Comet Ping Pong with a rifle, CBS News reported.

"Police said he brought a rifle into the popular Comet Ping Pong pizzeria. The bizarre rumors about the pizza joint began with a leaked email referencing Clinton and pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring operating out of the restaurant.

"On Sunday, it culminated in violence when police say Welch fired a rifle inside the restaurant as he attempted to 'self-investigate' the conspiracy theory known in the Twitterverse as 'Pizzagate.' "

"On Sunday, it culminated in violence when police say Welch fired a rifle inside the restaurant as he attempted to 'self-investigate' the conspiracy theory known in the Twitterverse as 'Pizzagate.' "

"He stated that he was armed to help rescue them," the court documents said. "He surrendered peacefully when he found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant."

Though the PizzaGate conspiracy theory has been debunked as thorough as possible with an outlandish claim --- there is no evidence to support any bit of the idea, no victims, and no claims of wrongdoing from parents or children --- the theory has still managed to gain steam online through hubs like Reddit and 4chan.

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