Skip to comments.What's the Deal With Larry Pratt?
Posted on 06/19/2013 3:56:44 AM PDT by sakic
I tried asking a question on an old thread but received no answer, so I decided to post this here.
I have always been a big fan of Larry Pratt and particularly enjoyed his skewering of Piers Morgan on CNN, but now I am not so sure about Pratt.
Mr. Pratt is scheduled to appear at Freedompalooza over the July 4th holiday. The event is hosted by Paul Topete, from the band Poker Face.
Mr. Topete is on the record as having stated that the Holocaust was a hoax.
If this is the same Mr. Topete, and I am pretty sure it is, Pratt's giving a speech there is a tacit endorsement of Mr. Topete's denial of the Holocaust. As a child of two Holocaust survivors, this is naturally a topic of great interest to me.
If I have all the facts correct, I am no longer a fan of Mr. Pratt, and frankly I'd be disturbed to see any Conservatives who would still look up to him.
Here is a link to Freedomapalooza:
Here is a link to an article about Mr. Topete:
This is an excerpt from that link:
Paul Topete - Lead vocalist of the "Patriot" rock band Poker Face. On the band's on-line fourm, Topete, using the handle "Pokerkid", has made a number of anti-Semitic statements, including the following (reproduced verbatim):
"I am always amazaed at how many roads lead back to one of the largest if not THEE largest scam ever played on humanity... Yes that right... the HOLOHAUX aka holocaust. 1985 and 1988 Ernst Zundel DESTROYED the Myth known as the cult of holohauzianity. In a canadien court of law, Ernst zundel took on the biggest frauds in the SHOAH Industry, and showed them to be the frauds that they were. Names like Raoul Hilberg and Vrba. And several other parasites known to infest this worldly sham. Wake up people, You are being played for fools for you LACK KNOWLEDGE."
If anyone here at FR is aware of any facts that would change my new opinion of Mr. Pratt, I would surely appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.
Par for the course.
Holocauust denial is quite common in the patriot movement.
For another example, see the host going on about how the occupy retarrds had managed ro cut themselves on a guillotine they were demonstrating. But then launched into a hysterical tirade about the Jews.
Crazy people are everywhere.
Did Larry Pratt say he doesn't believe the Holocaust happened?
Perhaps Mr. Lott is unaware of this.
You may want to notify Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, http://jpfo.org/
I would suggest you go to Larry directly. I have known him for 30 years and I can’t imagine him subscribing to such evil nonsense.
How would I do that?
Not that I am aware of, but people as smart as Pratt usually check out where they will be speaking.
I would put it to you this way; If someone you did not like was doing the same thing as Pratt I would guess you would not ask that question.
Further research shows Pratt having been involved in other ways with this sort of stuff.
Will post the links when I get a chance.
Mr. Pratt has come under fire in the past for speaking to fringe groups.
As I recall, his answer was he would speak to any group that supports the Second Amendment.
Before you attempt to smear Pratt, ask Aaron Zelmon or Rabbi R. Mermelstein, who said that “Larry is a longtime friend of mine. The man doesn’t have an anti-semitic thought in his fertile, patriotic mind.”
Pokerface played at several FreeRepublic events. He’s a talented guy but we don’t agree on the conspiracy stuff.
I am not smearing him. If he is appearing at an event sponsored by a Holocaust denier, he is smearing himself.
This is easily the most disturbing post in this thread. FR uses a Holocaust denier as entertainer at their events while knowing he is a Holocaust denier?
That is not a conspiracy notion like who killed JFK. This is denying fact.
That was before the Holocaust thing.
Not belonging to any "movement," I never would have known and find such a fact surprising.
But I will defer to your greater knowledge of the subject.
Aaron Zelman died in December of 2012. However, I concur with you about Larry. He is definitely NOT anti-Semitic.
Lol. That’s because whatever people like to call themselves, many of them are full of sh*t and only go with the flow.
The flow, since Obama, is pretty murky.
That is very giod to hear.
Since he must know about the host of the event - he is no fool - how can you be sure of this?
Sorry, but anyone who makes an appearance at an event sponsored by an anti-semite is not someone I could ever give a pass to. If Pratt was making an appearance at an event hosted by someone outspoken for abortion, would you still give him the benefit of the doubt?
Thanks so much for your alerting us to the issues regarding the views of Paul Topete, who is the host of the July 4th FreedomPalooza event.
After getting in touch with Mr. Topete, we have ascertained that he does, in fact, deny the Holocaust ever occurred — and these are views which are totally incompatible with Mr. Larry Pratts.
As a result, Mr. Pratt has withdrawn his name from the event, and he will not be attending.
Larry Pratt in no way trivializes the horror and historicity of the Holocaust, and we at GOA support the 2nd Amendment precisely to prevent these types of events from ever occurring again.
Again, we thank you for making us aware of this problem. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
Assistant to the Director of Communications
Gun Owners of America
I have spoken to many groups, some of which I would not join. I have even participated in news conferences with the ACLU. My views don’t get altered by the environment in which I happen to be (unlike many politicians).
I am a poor choice for a supremacist poster-child, since I am fluent in Spanish and am married to a lady who was born in Panama (and not in the Canal Zone). My most recent joust in Spanish was an hour-long debate on CNN en Espanol. My wife and I spearheaded an effort to establish a Latino congregation within our Anglo church (Harvester Presbyterian Church in America). On any typical Sunday, a visit to our Latino congregation would produce cognitive dissonance for our buddies on the left. As others have said, they are entitled to their opinions, but not the facts.
This is great!
Thank you, Larry.
I am very happy to hear this and will continue to support you. I am greatly relieved by all of this.