Shapiro to launch ads hitting Mastriano over ties to far-right social media site

Mastriano also participated in an interview with Gab CEO Andrew Torba, where he told him, “Thank God for what you’ve done.”

In one of Shapiro’s ads, a narrator describes Gab as a “white supremacist website” where “minutes before Jews were killed at this synagogue, the murderer posted his hate-filled plan.” The spot highlights Mastriano’s payment to Gab.

Another commercial by Shapiro features TV news clips about the controversy, with one anchor saying that “elected leaders and members of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community are calling out gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s ties to a controversial social media site.”

After facing mounting criticism over his links to Gab, including from some in the GOP, Mastriano said in a statement that Torba “doesn’t speak for me” and that “I reject antisemitism in any form.” He also appears to have deleted his account on the site.

Previously, Torba made antisemitic remarks and said his “policy is not to…

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This article was written by By Holly Otterbein and originally published on