RNC Displays Tweet From White Supremacist As Trump Accepts Nom

AP

As Donald Trump accepted the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday night, a tweet from a white supremacist account was broadcast through the convention hall at Quicken Loans Arena.

User @Western_Triumph’s tweet itself was generic, quoting a line from Trump’s speech, but the handle and a cursory glance at the account makes the user’s views on race clear. The bio features a number of slogans associated with the white supremacist movement, including #AltRight, #ProWhite, #RaceRealist and #LoveYourRace.

The user’s timeline was filled with tweets praising Trump for making nationalism “popular again,” labeling Muslim immigrants “rapefugees,” and calling for the “Great Purge” of non-white “traitors.” Another claims that blacks “destroy” what white Americans “build.”

This wasn’t the only white nationalist tweet to be featured on the RNC’s curated ticker during the convention. On Tuesday, a tweet from anti-immigrant hate group Virginia Dare was highlighted on the giant screens hanging in the convention hall.

Trump has himself been criticized for failing to sufficiently dissociate himself from the white nationalists who are so taken with his presidential campaign. He has retweeted posts from users such as @WhiteGenocideTM and received lavish praise from former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, whose support he eventually disavowed.

h/t Time

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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