March 18, 2019

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL:

Trump Has Retweeted at Least Four White Nationalist Accounts That Were Later Suspended (BEN MATHIS-LILLEY, MARCH 18, 2019, Slate)

More prominently, there's Jayda Fransen, a far-right British politician who was publicly kicked off Twitter not long after Trump retweeted three hoax videos from her account that purported to show Muslims engaging in violence against whites. (Fransen's fringe party, in the description of the New York Times, believes that "white Christian civilization is under threat from Muslims.")

There's also Milo Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart writer who has been revealed to have solicited input on Breitbart stories from self-avowed white nationalists (including the proprietor of a neo-Nazi site called the Daily Stormer) and was booted from Twitter for inciting harassment against black actress Leslie Jones. Trump never retweeted Yiannopoulos' account per se, so I didn't count him for purposes of the headline, but he did take a question from Yiannopoulos during a campaign Reddit Q&A and promoted him by name on Twitter after taking office. As a candidate, Trump also infamously retweeted a fake graphic about black crime and an anti-Semitic Star of David image from accounts that appear to have been self-deactivated.

Trump Jr., meanwhile, has been caught following (or "caught," because maybe he doesn't care who knows it) at least three openly racist and/or anti-Semitic accounts--a writer named Vox Day, a notorious far-right figure who goes by the anonymous handle "Ricky Vaughn," and a random racist with the handle AdolfJoeBidenTM--that are now suspended.

Posted by at March 18, 2019 7:02 PM

  

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