Diary

CJ Pearson lacks political principles, but manufactures the attention he craves

We learned recently that, shortly after announcing his candidacy for Chairman of the Georgia Teen Republicans, YouTube star CJ Pearson is renouncing conservatism and the GOP, because conservatives aren’t focused enough on race issues and young people.

This is not surprising to me, as I have followed his rise closely. I have written about him on RedState before. I documented how Pearson had joined [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ]’s campaign and left, trashing the state of Paul’s campaign to the liberal media (Politico) on his way out. He went on to join [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s campaign in exchange for the fancy position of Chairman of Teens for Ted, but he ended up leaving Cruz’s campaign before long.

(Side note: Pearson claimed to support Paul in particular because he tackled race issues and young people, making his reason for leaving the GOP incoherent. Perhaps he sensed his race for Chairman of the GA Teen GOP would not be successful?)

In my previous diary, I covered how Pearson manufactured a Twitter controversy with an alleged Obama supporter and linked to Peach Pundit’s excellent analysis. In short, Pearson got someone to attack him, pretended to quit political commentary out of fear for his life, reaped sympathy and money for a lawsuit (never pursued), and of course decided he would continue being a public figure after all.

Since then, he also feigned outrage when he claimed that President Obama had blocked him on Twitter. But it turns out that was also manufactured controversy. Pearson digitally manipulated a screenshot, however he didn’t do it well enough to escape careful scrutiny from The Blaze. Pearson had to apologize for lying.

Everything Pearson does is calculated to raise his profile. He has no political worldview, and is probably too young to, so he tells people what they want to hear. Take for example his differing views on the Kim Davis situation. The first screenshot is from his public account, the second screenshot (which he later deleted) is from his personal account:

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What is the point of this diary?

To expose a fraud, even if he is a minor. I don’t appreciate Pearson’s dishonesty and manipulation of good people in order to promote himself. While not as annoying and petty as Clock Boy, he does come close. Conservatives should have learned their lesson with Jonathan Krohn. If someone isn’t old enough to drive, they probably shouldn’t be influencing your political opinions.