— Nardeep Pujji (@AWAKEALERT) December 2, 2016
A worker at the popular pizza joint Roberta’s received death threats after rumors spread on YouTube and Twitter that it was connected to Pizzagate — the fake-news conspiracy theory claiming Hillary Clinton was running a child abuse ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria.
A 24-year-old worker who answered the phone at Roberta’s Moore Street restaurant on Dec. 1 at 11:15 a.m. was told, “You are going to bleed and be tortured,” according to police.
The next day, workers reported a similar call at 5 p.m. in which somebody asked if Roberta’s had any connection to a website that had published the fake news about Pizzagate — a conspiracy that spread online and inspired a gunman to open fire inside the D.C. eatery while investigating its claims.
The phone calls came after social media users started to tweet fake news that Roberta’s was tied to the conspiracy theory.
YouTube user drumstick74 published an eerie video about Roberta’s on Thursday that compiled a series of screengrabs from the restaurant’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, claiming the East Williamsburg haunt had connections to the fake scandal.
The video quickly began to circulate on social media.
Drumstick74 had previously made a similar video about Besta Pizza in Amherst, NY, according to his YouTube account.
Slate has a nice summation of why the alt-right wackos are targeting establishments such as Roberta’s and Comet Ping Pong. Welcome to Trumpland.