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Mensch is Twitter’s most frenetic user, and last night, she publicly dumped her lawyer online.
The former British member of Parliament has established herself as the leading online investigative arm of the Trump–Russia conspiracy theory. Virtually no rumor that passes through her ears is too absurd or implausible—forget even “based in truth” or “with merit” (we’re well beyond that)—to share with her hundreds of thousands of followers as indisputable fact.
This is a woman who once went on a tweetstorm declaring that her sources told her the death penalty was on the table for President Donald Trump for committing acts of treason, and that Steve Bannon had essentially already been sentenced to die.
And she was just like “Yeah, you heard it here first.”
Mensch’s beef with her attorney starts with Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer and an ineffective third-party foil to Hillary Clinton and Trump in 2016, tweeting about the news that Facebook sold ads to a Russian troll farm during the election.
"Some of the ads linked to Russian accounts had targeted particular geographic areas..." We can guess which ones. https://t.co/PjctetNJbT— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) September 6, 2017
This is direct evidence that our adversaries try to turn us against each other. They know we're weak when divided. Will we let them succeed? pic.twitter.com/SRwlpZkZ9S— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) September 6, 2017
Mensch’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, disagreed with that sentiment, saying the propaganda effort echoes efforts the United States has undertaken elsewhere.
McMullin said that response was what Russia wanted people to say.
This is a Kremlin talking point. The U.S. doesn't undermine liberal democracies overseas. Any examples otherwise would be from the Cold War. https://t.co/SDyLk1caG0— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) September 6, 2017
Oh, so anything other than liberal democracy is lesser form of govt & we're superior? And it was ok if it happened pre-1992? Seriously?— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) September 7, 2017
He even called McMullin pathetic.
Pretty pathetic Evan that you have to respond by asserting I'm offering Kremlin talking points. I'm not one of your political flunkies.— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) September 7, 2017
This was too much for Mensch.
You're fired. Thank you and Brad Moss for your past representation, pro bono and in a good cause, but @Evan_McMullin is not "pathetic".— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) September 7, 2017
To which Zaid said, good day, sir.
Thank you Louise! Notice of withdrawal will be filed with court tonight. You're on your own. @BradMossEsq— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) September 7, 2017
All in all a perfectly normal day online in the life of Louise Mensch.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]