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Oct 03 2020

Althea Bernstein Maybe Not Set on Fire by Racists After All

There is no shortage of black on white violence out there. It’s when your narrative requires the violence to go the other way that you have to rely on hoaxes. Looks like we might have yet another one:

18-year-old Althea Bernstein said that she was attacked by four white males while she was driving through a protest in Madison, Wisconsin, in June. She claimed that the men yelled a racial slur at her when she stopped at a red light, and someone sprayed lighter fluid on her before lighting her on fire.

Bernstein appears to have some African ancestry.

As you might expect, the liberal establishment was on this like a half-starved tiger on a t-bone. Yamiche Alcindor of taxpayer-subsidized PBS championed her cause. Royal moonbats Meghan Markle and her sidekick Prince Harry awarded Bernstein with a phone call.

Good Morning America yanked on the heartstrings:

Predictably,

A team of local and federal law enforcement officials investigated the matter as a hate crime, but instead they might have uncovered a hate hoax.

In their 150-page report, they documented extensive interviews and surveillance video to come to their conclusion that the attack did not occur as Bernstein reported it. They also said that an arson dog was unable to find any evidence of her story in the car, and they noted that the car was not damaged in the attack.

What are the odds GMA will do a follow-up, now that information undermining her story has unsurprisingly come to light?

Some suspect Bernstein burned herself with a Molotov cocktail, considering where and when the alleged event took place. Via AP:

The alleged assault came during a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the Capitol and an attack on a state senator. A group of up to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man after he shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat.

According to investigative documents, Bernstein told the responding officer she is Hispanic and Black.

Someone also threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside.

It strains credulity that Bernstein was set upon by white supremacists while driving through a Black Lives Matter riot.

Tim Pool takes a more balanced approach than GMA:

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