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.
“Tonight I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will WIN for you!”
-Donald J Trump
It’s time to start WINNING again!#TrumpIsWithYou
— Western Triumph (@Western_Triumph) July 22, 2016
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.”
Hillary says whites should “recognize our privilege”.
I say whites should recognize (((the traitors))), and begin the Great Purge!
— Western Triumph (@Western_Triumph) July 18, 2016
Proof is clear: Whites build things, and blacks destroy them.
— Western Triumph (@Western_Triumph) July 10, 2016
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.