I wasn’t going to weigh in on David Daleiden, the genius behind the Planned Parenthood sting. I was going to let my friend have his moment without stepping on it.
Unfortunately there are some people who are making things up about him and me and I wanted to correct the record.
Guess who David Daleiden, the anti-choice extremist who created the fake PP scandal, is pals with? CHUCK C. JOHNSON. http://t.co/1ofM88LZSc
— Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) July 16, 2015
Some journalists like Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen are even fabricating claims that they reached out to me. They didn’t reach out to me or James O’Keefe as she claimed.
She also made up that I was thrown off of Twitter for threatening DeRay McKesson. Alas. The claims that David edited video in a deceptive manner are insane and the usual liberal spinning.
In 2010 David told me about the market for baby body parts that Planned Parenthood was running.
I told him he had to expose it. He told me he was going to. And now he has.
Watch this video:
I remember how broke David was when he told me excitedly about this plan to expose the abortion industry nearly three years ago. I had taken him to eat out and he devoured the food. He had that gaunt look of a man hungry for the truth, who spends his day consumed, rather than consuming. He worked largely alone on this project and has a Ph.D. level understanding of the abortion industry.
David’s not just a friend; he’s a great friend. And he’s one of a generation of young people on the right who are changing the way we talk about politics. We understand the tech and how to disseminate our content.
David and I go way back to 2007 when I met him at Stark Hall. He lived two floors above me. We both came to Claremont with the highest number of college credits and I think it’s fair to say planned to go through college, rather than to it.
I celebrated his graduation–he graduated from college in three years, not four–and we had the same academic advisor, Ralph Rossum. We took some of the same classes and we were debate partners freshman year and competed well in Berkeley though we both agreed that debate was really boring. We were on the same quiz bowl team several times and won. I edited him at the Claremont Independent, the award-winning campus newspaper. Since college he and his pets have stayed over on my couch in Los Angeles.
David is persuasive, not hectoring or preachy. He’s a real journalist in his approach to understanding the abortion industry.
After many conversations David changed my mind on abortion, and in time, was one of those who brought me over the Catholic faith. He invited me to a pro-life event at Stanford in 2008 where I met Lila Rose. David is too charitable to say this but I think that the lack of power Rose’s videos have had in recent years owes mostly to the fact that David left her organization.
He also changed my life. He and Kyle Kinnenberg, who went on to be our valedictorian in math with a 4.0, were openly filming a pro-choice speaker on campus. The pro-choice speaker freaked out and called the police and made up a whole story about what happened. Pomona College, too, lied about what was on the tape so I published it. It showed Kyle and David very politely asking questions and ultimately agreeing to leave. Pomona changed their position after hundreds of students protested the unilateral suspension and the ban was rescinded.
Had I not defended his free speech rights at Claremont, I wouldn’t have been invited to the free speech event for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Philadelphia. There, I met the future Mrs. Johnson and now I live happily ever after.
To the abortion industry:
David is your worst nightmare. He knows all of your weaknesses and he has dedicated his life to finding them. He won’t quit. You’ll have to kill him.
Indeed you are dealing with one of the smartest people in the pro-life movement.
Whereas others in the movement want donor cash or to be famous, David is a modern-day William Wilberforce. He’s a straight up Jedi who has spent years thinking and studying the abortion industry.
Claremont McKenna College was one of those last conservative colleges. It gradually became more and more progressive and has suffered as a result. (Apparently a school dedicated to economics and government can’t understand comparative advantages!)
When I met David he told me he was going to change the world. I said, “me too.” We’ve been friends ever since.
Something tells me we won’t be on the college’s website any time soon.
That’s okay. He’s getting noticed.
Quite a change from our earlier digs, eh, David?