Why Did CPAC Grant Laura Loomer Press Credentials?

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Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) issued a media badge to anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and heckler Laura Loomer, who has been using her access to harangue reporters who have reported facts about her and analysis of her antics that she deems to be negative.

Loomer is not a journalist and she is not a member of any media outlet with a shred of credibility.  She is an unhinged conspiracy theorist who will fall for seemingly anything, and an anti-Muslim activist with ties to a hate group. In November, Loomer handcuffed herself to Twitter’s New York City offices after she was banned from the site for violating community guidelines against hateful content.

Loomer was seen outside CPAC yesterday with a slew of other far-right political actors with whom she is working to smear Rep. Ilhan Omar with allegations that Omar married her brother because Omar is a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf. Today, Loomer went into the conference area displaying a credentialed media badge and has used her access to badger a reporter from CNN. She has also targeted reporters at HuffPost and The Daily Beast, at whom she flung accusatory questions.

Right Wing Watch emailed the CPAC communications team to inquire if the conference would explain its choice to credential Loomer but we did not receive a response.