When an officer accidentally pepper-sprayed himself: “FUCK YES.” Leigh Maibes, a St. Cassandra would disappear, and she would run [back] and be, like, ‘Oh my god, guys, I just had to go get a piece of this cop car! ’” Fairbanks called herself an anarchist and tweeted that she was “extremely unapologetic about it.” A year before that, she was a sound technician living in Pittsburgh and organizing protests to call attention to the young woman in Steubenville, Ohio, who was repeatedly raped by two high school football players.Louis-area activist who got to know Fairbanks in Ferguson, says Fairbanks had a “balls to the wall” attitude. She was active in Anonymous, a hacktivist collective, and helped run a popular Anonymous Twitter account.The venerated watering hole is the hub of conservative Washington, and tonight, a new group of right-wingers has gathered to celebrate its takeover of the Republican Party.It’s a Friday night in late February, near the end of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a four-day policy schmooze fest that marks the apex of the Republican social calendar.
But it’s emerged as a fresh take on the GOP, rocking the Republican status quo. You're getting hate from the right and the left,” she says. It's pretty punk rock.” With her brash online persona, Fairbanks epitomizes this burgeoning, distinctly Trumpian cabal, which, just like Trump, eschews political correctness and aims to blow up politics as usual.
She liked that he didn’t advocate for “needless war,” as she thought Clinton did.