We’re only one week away from the start of the presidential primaries, and the Republican frontrunner is promoting the commentary of a white supremacist.
On Friday, Donald Trump took to Twitter to insult one of his Republican opponents, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. After lambasting Bush for being a “low energy guy,” Trump retweeted another user’s photoshopped picture of a disheveled Bush holding a “Vote Trump” sign outside of the Trump tower.
The problem, however, is that the account he retweeted appears to be operated by a Nazi sympathizing white nationalist.
The account, @WhiteGenocideTM, tweets obsessively about white women allegedly raped by various minority groups. “Africans and Muslims rape more than anyone else,” reads one of the user’s retweets. “Don’t let them in.” Many of the tweets are accompanied by the hashtag “#rapefugees,” apparently a combination of the words “rape” and “refugees.”
The account also dabbles in support for Nazi Germany. “Hitler SAVED Europe,” reads another tweet.
This is not the first time Trump’s twitter account has interacted positively with white nationalists. In November, the leading Republican candidate retweeted a graphic falsely stating that 81% of whites who are murdered are murdered by blacks. In reality, the actual data shows that 14% of white murder victims are murdered by a black person.
Later, when confronted with the fact that the data was false, Trump said he shouldn’t be held accountable for his retweets beause they don’t come directly from him. “I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert,” he said. “Am I gonna check every statistic?”
Trump also has the support of prominent white nationalist groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, two prominent white nationalist groups have been making robocalls in support of Trump. In addition, the SPLC writes, “Former KKK grand wizard David Duke has endorsed Trump, as has Andrew Anglin’s Daily Stormer. Kyle Rogers, the former webmaster for the white nationalist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) is selling Trump t-shirts online and Brad Griffin, the CCC’s current webmaster, regularly praises Trump in his writings.”