Robert Fisher, New Hampshire legislator exposed as the leader of the Red Pill Cult forum Red Pill Sub-Reddit agreed to resign from the NH House today. Fisher apparently made a deal with GOP officials because the House Committee voted 8-6 not to censure Fisher and he resigned immediately afterwards.
Democrats, however, have moved that Fisher's case be reviewed by the State Attorney General for Perjury. So he's not off the hook yet; but at least he's away from the levers of political power.
Fisher characteristically played the victim-card: "Unfortunately, the falsehoods, the lies, and comments of an overzealous blogger and some of my colleagues have created a situation where I must consider my safety and well-being." he huffed. Which is probably nothing compared to what the Red Pill Cult has done to others.
While the Republicans did the right thing in forcing Fisher's resignation, they didn't handle this affair as forcefully as they should have. Governor Sununu basically had to push them to do anything at all; and even then the GOP played too many political games here. If they had simply sided with the Democrats and voted for Expulsion it would have achieved the same result and left them less open to criticism. The Republicans also insisted on voting to discipline a Democratic legislator who was nowhere nearly as bad as Fisher.
Now the Democrats left themselves open to some criticism too; they focused too much on Fisher's offensive speech. What both parties really missed is that Fisher was a recognized leader of an online cult that radicalizes young men; and encourages violence against women and racism and many other anti-American activities. That would be bad enough; but Fisher infiltrated and used both parties to advance the cult's agenda; and then lied about his involvement once caught. This is not a partisan, or free-speech issue; Fisher was using the system to undermine it and possibly committed actual crimes in the process.
The NH Republicans seemed far too eager simply to sweep the whole affair under the rug. One GOP official even praised Fisher for resigning 'for the good of the party.' This kind of denial is endemic among Conservative and Christian leaders. Democrats and Leftists are already accusing the GOP of being sympathetic to Fisher's views. The reality is that GOP leadership is too afraid to admit that extremists are infiltrating their ranks. But it needs to be done because it's doubtful that Fisher is the only Red Pill infiltrator running around out there.
But at least Fisher has been exposed and is out of NH politics. And congratulations again to writer Bonnie Bacarisse who brought the activities of this fiend to light.