Doug Mastriano’s Top Associates: Multiple Self-Proclaimed “Prophets,” Q-Anon Conspiracy Theorists, and Known Antisemites
Doug Mastriano’s kitchen cabinet is full of fringe extremists who, like Mastriano, openly peddle conspiracy theories and spread dangerous and hateful disinformation. Here’s a look at the radical cast of characters Doug Mastriano is closely aligning himself with:
- Q-Anon-Loving Conspiracy Theorist Toni Shuppe: Shuppe, who has been floated as a potential secretary of state pick for Mastriano, has “shared numerous 9/11 conspiracy theories on Facebook,” and praised Q-Anon as “a very valuable resource.” Shuppe is the co-founder and CEO of an organization dedicated to falsely claiming that the 2020 vote was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Mastriano featured Shuppe in an endorsement video and has appeared at multiple events alongside her.
- Self-Proclaimed ‘Prophet’ #1 Julie Green: Mastriano has promoted and campaigned with Green, who claimed that God will execute political figures. She has alleged a variety of conspiracy theories, including that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “loves to drink the little children’s blood”; the government is conducting “human sacrifices” to stay in power; and President Joe Biden is secretly dead and an “actor” is playing him.
- Another Self-Described ‘Prophet,’ Mastriano’s Campaign Manager Vishal Jetnarayan: Jetnarayan, Mastriano’s campaign manager, is yet another self-decribed prophet among Mastriano’s associates. Jetnarayan says he speaks with God directly and gives advice on how others can do so.
- Former Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis: Ellis, who was a key player in Trump’s scheme to overturn the 2020 election, is Mastriano’s senior legal advisor. She has also been floated as a potential secretary of state pick.
- Known Antisemite Andrew Torba: Andrew Torba, the founder of the far-right social media platform Gab — a notorious gathering place for white supremacists, antisemites, and violent extremists — regularly hosts Mastriano for interviews. Torba has a long record of spewing vile antisemitic, hateful, and dangerous rhetoric, but that didn’t stop Mastriano from praising him, even paying $5,000 to Gab so that antisemitic and alt-right extremists would join his campaign.
“The Q-Anon coalition of radical associates Doug Mastriano surrounds himself speaks volumes to how he would govern,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner. “If Mastriano were elected, Pennsylvania would be in the hands of violent extremists, conspiracy theorists, and members of the fringe alt-right. Pennsylvanians won’t stand for Mastriano’s Q-anon takeover.”