Billionaire Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer has been in the news lately for his recent release of a well-produced video pushing to impeach President Trump. With mixed reactions to his plea even from heavy hitters in the Democratic Party, many even on the left are hoping for Steyer to quietly go away.
Meanwhile, self-styled sleuths on Voat.co’s Pizzagate research group have noted that the same Steyer was involved in one of the email chains with seemingly cryptic or nonsensical food references that helped launch the Pizzagate phenomenon in late 2016.
With the flood of sexual harrassment and rape accusations regarding people in positions of serious power, some are wondering if the lukewarm reception of Steyer’s campaign, even from Democrats who would love to see Trump impeached, are because people think Steyer has too many skeletons in his closet to be someone they’re comfortable getting behind in the current climate.
Aside from that, a Republican congressional majority makes impeachment eztremely unlikely regardless, so it’s possible Democratic lawmakers have decided not to focus their efforts on that route of removing Trump from office.
With the number of high-level people now being accused, the safest assumption seems to be that in politics and Hollywood you should assume someone is an abuser first. And although those who reject the premise of Pizzagate claim that all the food-related Podesta emails are innocuous, it’s important to note that the vast majority of food references in those emails read as perfectly comprehensible and are written normally.
For that reason, the few that are written nonsensically stand out even more as looking like coded language. As a writer, subtleties in language are fairly easy to detect. If someone writes something a certain way and in a consistent style over and over again, but they then suddenly assume a completely different tone and style, it signifies a change in the intended meaning.
A comparison of the Pizzagate-related Podesta emails with other emails in the dump referencing food reveals very clear shifts in the writing. In Steyer’s case, the sentence “Mary, plz tell us the straight story, was the sauce actually very tasty?” stands out. I will mention that the shift isn’t as clear or severe as in emails like the notorious “pizza-related map” email, but Steyer’s tone still betrays a sense of an inside joke and double meaning.
Steyer’s eager questions regarding how delicious Podesta’s walnut sauce is certainly come across as a bit strange, like information is missing for those not part of the inside joke. Whether or not that’s true, Steyer’s campaign appears to have lost steam nearly as quickly as it was announced.