Mob Hits in the Age of Trump

By on August 5, 2019

August 5, 2019

The man who rubbed out Francesco Cali, the alleged leader of the Gambino crime family, was acting under a delusion fostered by Qanon, a website that specializes in bizarre theories about conspiracies directed against Donald Trump. Qanon made news as early as the 2016 election campaign, when a North Carolina man was arrested after he traveled to D.C. with a gun to rescue minors said to be held as sex slaves in a pizza joint frequented by Hilary Clinton’s campaign staff. Anthony Comello, according to his lawyer, murdered Cali because he was acting under a delusion brought about by his immersion in Qanon. He thought that Democratic politicians, celebrities and people associated with organized crime were part of the “deep state.” and he was on a mission “to save the American way of life.” According to the filing, Comello’s plan was to stage a citizen’s arrest of Cali, but the mob boss made a “furtive action with his hand,” which made Comello afraid for his life. He then reached into his pickup truck, grabbed a gun and fired at Cali, killing him. “Because of his self-perceived status in Qanon, Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support,” according to the filing.

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