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Pro-Trump radio host and QAnon conspiracy theorist Bill Mitchell is in trouble with outraged fans who helped fund his campaign to move his studio to Washington, D.C., only to find he’d bought a condo in Miami, Florida.
Mitchell first presented the idea of moving his studio from Palm Beach, Florida, to D.C. on his “Your Voice America” internet show and on social media, telling listeners that the relocation would give him more access to congressional “movers and shakers” as well as bring him closer to all his “political friends.”
“All that stuff is very expensive,” he continued, “and if you want it, there’s a couple of ways you can do it.”
One great thing about living in DC will be that all my political friends from around the country all eventually go there so I get to see everyone! 🙂— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) May 7, 2019
Before long, Mitchell had launched the Your Voice America 2020 Fund in April on GoFundMe with a target of $15,000—a crowdfunding campaign his supporters embraced which ended up raising a total of $14,280. However, when the deadline for Mitchell’s big move came and passed his fans began to get restless.
Then, on Aug. 10, he tweeted some pictures of his “new Miami home!”
My new Miami home! Amazing things coming for YourVoice America! pic.twitter.com/BOYI8imHwY— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) August 10, 2019
Mitchell’s followers were livid, blasting him as a scam artist.
Congrats on not even trying to hide the grift! It’s always great to see gullible trumpkins relieved of their money without the country being collateral damage.— LFCNYC (@RealIndianElvis) August 13, 2019
Bill totally ripped everyone off who donated for him to move to DC. He was given 15k. He used that as down payment for new home in Miami.— HackedVote (@HackedVote) August 11, 2019
Some high profile pro-Trump personalities jumped in to criticize Mitchell.
A scam in three acts— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 12, 2019
Those who donated funded a Miami vacation and Bill’s living expenses.
Hope he’s not coming here to protest our awesome pro-gun laws. pic.twitter.com/aEDRfU96fZ
As backlash began to arise, Mitchell countered by denying that the money was for a move to the capital at all.
Thanks for asking. As you can see from the attached, the GoFundMe said NOTHING about DC. I sent a few tweets that mentioned DC but hundreds which did not. The plan was for DC but Miami is MUCH better for #MAGA as everyone will soon learn but I am not yet free to divulge. https://t.co/rKk9HbUU2B pic.twitter.com/2YXmp8oFgX— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) August 12, 2019
“Although this GoFundMe has clearly been a general fund to support Your Voice America from the start as stated above, if anyone felt mislead that these funds were exclusively for a move to D.C., I’d be happy to issue a refund,” Mitchell updated on his GoFundMe page. “I endeavored to move to D.C. but fate provided a better MAGA opportunity in Miami.”
Conservative actress Mindy Robinson maintained that this story was bullshit and refused to entertain his denials, posting screenshots of Mitchell’s tweets asking supporters to fund the D.C. move and linking to the GoFundMe page.
You said nothing about the gofundme being for DC? Then what the hell is this? Seriously, I hate that I have to call out another conservative pundit, but you’ve gone off the rails on both the cause and your morals. pic.twitter.com/qIX6KXCUiI— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) August 12, 2019
Despite the rage, Mitchell claimed to all his fans that in researching a move to D.C. he was offered the opportunity “to literally change the social media experience for everyone in the Trump family” by heading to Miami but can’t discuss the details just yet.
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David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.