The frontrunner in Arizona’s Republican primary for the US Senate was slammed by an old friend as the snake oil salesman who was the best man at her wedding.
Mother Jones published a lengthy profile on Monday of Blake Masters, a political newcomer and venture capitalist who was backed by former President Donald Trump in the race to replace Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).
Among the interviewees was the best man at Masters’ wedding, Colin Weddell, who is now a partner at a corporate law firm in California. Weddell said he was alerted by his brothers to tweets from the Masters account last year, and he responded to one in November calling the coronavirus pandemic evil.
“Shame on you,” Weddell replied from his personal account. “I am very disappointed with what you have done to yourself. People will get sick and die because of your careless rhetoric. As a person who loves and respects you: What happened to you?
Masters responded with a screenshot of the tweet, which he shared with thousands of his followers. Weddell was harassed by callers at work and at home, and he called the police after receiving threatening material in the mail.
“Colin was a best friend growing up. He told me about the famous class where I met Peter Thiel, and he was the best man at my wedding,” Masters told his followers. The deadly virus we are facing is progressivism, it rots both the mind and the nation. I wish Colin well – but freedom is worth losing friends.”
Weddell said he had not spoken since that exchange.
“I don’t know what’s worse,” he said. “If he really knows he is selling snake oil to people or if he really believes it” then what is he telling voters.
Masters, backed by tech billionaire Thiel, struggled to gain momentum in the first leg of his campaign, but picked up momentum after gaining support from Trump, who praised him for echoing the former president’s lies about the 2020 election. is of.
Masters has also put forward racist conspiracy theories, including the baseless “Great Replacement Theory,” which claims that white Christians are being deliberately replaced by immigrants, non-Christians, and others of color.
Arizona will hold its primary on August 2.