Sep 16, 2020
Political Newcomer Who Supported QAnon, Lauren Witzke, Wins Delaware Senate Primary
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Witzke beat attorney James DiMartino, the GOP’s preferred candidate, by almost 14 points, according to The New York Times, winning all three of the state’s counties.She is now set to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Chris Coons in November.
Witzke also faced criticism over her alleged support for QAnon, a conspiracy that believes a “deep state” tied to pedophilia is attempting to sabotage President Donald Trump, after tweeting a photo of herself in one of its shirts and using one of its signature hashtags, The Hill reported.
QAnon supporter Lauren Witzke just won a GOP Senate primary in Delaware, making her the second QAnon supporter to win a Republican Senate nomination this cycle. Here’s Witzke in a QAnon shirt. She’s also tweeted the QAnon hashtag #wwg1wga. pic.twitter.com/hb0d6s2D03
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) September 16, 2020
Despite the tweet, Witzke has tried to distance herself from the conspiracy, telling the Associated Press that it is nothing more than a “mainstream psyops to get people to ‘trust the plan’ and not do anything,” referencing the slogan often used by QAnon supporters.
“I certainly think it’s more hype than substance,” she said in January.
Though Witzke has attempted to distance herself from the conspiracy, a record number of GOP congressional nominees have been tied to it, including some who are favored to win their elections in November. Colorado congressional nominee Lauren Boebert said in May that she “hoped” the conspiracy was true “because it only means that America is getting stronger and better,” according to the Colorado Times Recorder, while Georgia congressional nominee Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has supported QAnon and supported other false theories, is almost guaranteed to be elected in November since her opponent recently dropped out of the race. (RELATED: What Should The GOP Do Now That QAnon Supporters Keep Winning Primaries?)
However, forecasters say that Witzke is unlikely to beat Coons in Delaware, a blue state that reelected him by 14 points in 2014.
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MS-13 gang member admits his role in three murders including killing a 17-year-old boy with a machete and burying him in a shallow grave in Ohio – making him the 19th associate to plead guilty in the racketeering conspiracy
Pedro Alfonso Osorio-Flores (pictured in mugshot) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering
An MS-13 member pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to his role in three murders that shook an Ohio community in 2015 and 2016.
Pedro Alfonso Osorio-Flores, 41, has become the 19th gang member to formally admit to his crimes and his participation in a racketeering conspiracy in Columbus on behalf of MS-13.
A total of 23 members and associates with the transnational gang were charged in a February 2018 indictment in the Southern District of Ohio.
The original racketeering conspiracy charges included, 'five murders as well as attempted murder, extortion, money laundering, drug trafficking, assault, obstruction of justice, witness intimidation, weapons offenses and immigration-related violations.'RELATED ARTICLES
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In his plea, Osorio-Flores accepted responsibility for the summer 2015 murder of Carlos Serrano-Ramos, the November 2015 murder of Wilson Villeda and the December 2016 murder of Salvador Martinez-Diaz.
Parties involved in the case have recommended a 40 to 45 year prison sentence
Authorities said Osorio-Flores, also known as 'Smokey,' helped murder 38-year-old Carlos Serrano-Ramos sometime in the summer of 2015.
He and other conspirators beat and stabbed Serrano-Ramos, who was believed to be from a rival gang, before burying his body in a shallow grave at Innis Park.
In November 2015, Osorio-Flores assisted in killing 17-year-old student Wilson Villeda with a machete. He was also believed by MS-13 to be in a rival gang.
Wilson Villeda (pictured), a 17-year-old high school student, was murdered with a machete by MS-13 gang members in December 2015
They buried Villeda's body in a shallow grave near the remains of Serrano-Ramos. Authorities discovered the two bodies later that year.
The third victim, Salvador Martinez-Diaz, was shot dead by conspirators in December 2016.
Osorio-Flores watched Martinez-Diaz at the Resolute Athletic Complex before following him home. He provided Martinez' Diaz's location to MS-13 members so they could murder him when he arrived home.
'Osorio-Flores pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering.' the United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Ohio write.