The front-runner in Arizona’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate was slammed as a snake oil salesman by an old friend who was the most effective man at his wedding.
Mother Jones published a lengthy profile Monday of Blake Masters, a political newcomer and enterprise capitalist endorsed by former President Donald Trump within the race to tackle Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).
Among the many interviewees was the most effective man at Masters’ wedding, Collin Wedel, now a partner at a company law firm in California. Wedel said he was alerted by his brothers to tweets from Masters account last yr, and he replied to 1 in November that called coronavirus vaccine mandates evil.
“Shame on you,” Wedel replied from his private account. “I’m so utterly disillusioned in what you’ve done with yourself. People will get sick, and die, due to your reckless rhetoric. As someone who loves and used to respect you: What happened to you?”
Masters responded with a screenshot of the tweet, which he shared along with his tens of hundreds of followers. Wedel was harassed by callers at work and at home, and he called the police after receiving threatening materials within the mail.
“Collin was a best friend growing up. He told me concerning the famous class where I met Peter Thiel, and he was best man at my wedding,” Masters told his followers. “Essentially the most deadly virus we face is progressivism, it rots each brains and nations. I wish Collin well—but freedom is value losing friends over.”
Wedel said they’d not spoken since that exchange.
“I don’t know what’s worse,” he said. “If he actually is aware that he’s selling snake oil to people or if he truly believes” what he’s telling voters.
Blake Masters has promoted misinformation concerning the 2020 election and COVID-19, in addition to pushing the white supremacist “alternative theory.”
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Masters, who’s backed by tech billionaire Thiel, struggled to achieve momentum in the sooner leg of his campaign, but he picked up speed after getting the support of Trump, who has praised him for echoing the previous president’s lies concerning the 2020 election.
Masters has also pushed racist conspiracy theories, including the baseless “great alternative theory,” which claims that white Christians are being deliberately replaced by immigrants, non-Christians and other people of color.
Arizona will hold its primary on Aug. 2.