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‘Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories’

Posted on | February 1, 2024 | Comments Off on ‘Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories’

Justin Mohn: Pretty sure he didn’t read this blog

As an SPLC-certified Right-Wing Extremist, I could fairly be accused of holding various beliefs that are not considered “mainstream.”

For example, I think Texas would be entirely justified in seceding from the Union. I don’t believe in Keynesian economics or “climate change.” Heck, I don’t believe in Darwinian evolution. Or the designated hitter, for that matter. Despite my “fringe” beliefs, however, I have never been accused of advocating (checks notes) decapitating your father:

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after allegedly killing his father, before displaying his decapitated head in a gruesome YouTube video while spouting right-wing conspiracy theories.
Justin Mohn, 32, is accused of killing his father, Michael Mohn, police told NBC News. While police did not release the victim’s age, public records show him to have been 68.
Mohn was taken into custody about 100 miles away from the crime scene on suspicion of first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and possessing an instrument of crime with intent, according to a court docket released early Wednesday.
He was arraigned at 4 a.m. and denied bail, Middletown Township Police Capt. Pete Feeney said.
In the YouTube video, which was titled “Mohn’s Militia – Call To Arms For American Patriots” and is cited in a police complaint, Mohn is seen wearing gloves and holding his father’s head in a plastic bag. Later, the head can be seen in a cooking pot.
Mohn says his father was a federal employee for 20 years and refers to him as a traitor, calling for the death of all federal officials and attacking President Joe Biden’s administration, the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ community and antifa activists. YouTube removed the video, which is more than 14 minutes long, hours after it was posted. . . .

Now, I’m not exactly sure why Justin Mohn thought that brandishing his father’s severed head in a YouTube video was going to inspire others to answer his “Call To Arms For American Patriots.” Despite my lack of credentials in the field of psychiatry, I’d be willing to hazard a guess that Justin Mohn is bonkers, berserk, demented, deranged, daffy, wacky, off his rocker, non compos mentis, nuttier than a Snickers bar, a few fries short of a Happy Meal and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

There is a difference — not just in degree, but a difference in kind — between whatever non-“mainstream” views I hold and the kind of murderous insanity that inspired Justin Mohn’s behavior. Therefore I take umbrage at the media’s efforts to suggest that everyone who voted for Donald Trump is somehow complicit, casting a shadow of suspicion on millions of law-abiding Americans who are utterly horrified by Justin Mohn’s ghastly crime. Your honor, I plead not guilty.

Did I mention Justin Mohn was a pro se litigant?

Mohn has filed at least three lawsuits against federal agencies, including the U.S. government, claiming they negligently caused him to take out student loans between 2010 and his graduation from Pennsylvania State University in 2014, a court filing shows.
He paid a filing fee of $2,000 and, after his claims were dismissed, he sought to have the judge recused from the case because of what he claimed was a personal bias and a conflicting personal financial interest.
In a legal opinion on the case, the judge called the accusations “entirely speculative and without factual basis” and said Mohn’s complaints were the “inaccurate allegations of a disappointed college graduate.”
Mohn also sued his former employer, Progressive Insurance, in 2020, alleging wrongful termination and sex discrimination against men. He was hired as a customer service representative in October 2016 and was fired in August 2017 after he kicked open the facility’s doors, court records show.
A district court ruled that Mohn failed to establish a case of discrimination.
When Mohn was filing his lawsuit, his parents were giving him about $540 a month, he indicated in the court filing. Shortly before Progressive fired him, he had taken a trip to Vegas to see if he could pursue a music career, according to the lawsuit.
He represented himself in the lawsuits.

A habit of filing meritless pro se lawsuits? Gosh, that seems strangely familiar, but I don’t want to get into any specious guilt-by-association games here. My point is that the evidence of Justin Mohn’s derangement was in plain sight, a matter of public record, but for some reason, nobody took alarm at his dangerous kookiness. There was nothing wrong with him that couldn’t be fixed by strapping him into a straitjacket, locking him in a padded cell and injecting him with Thorazine twice a day. Instead, it’s considered more “humane” to leave these nutjobs wandering around unhindered, until the day they commit an atrocity, at which point we get lots of commentary about how “the system failed him.”

Well, don’t blame me for this. Justin Mohn wasn’t one of my readers, as far as I know, and whatever “right-wing conspiracy theories” I may have promoted, I definitely never advocated what he did. And like I keep trying to warn you people: Crazy People Are Dangerous.


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