President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway this week promoted “alt-right” personality and Twitter troll Mike Cernovich, who once claimed that date rape does not exist.
Conway on Monday promoted a “60 Minutes” interview with Cernovich as “a must-see ratings bonanza.”
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) April 3, 2017
On Tuesday, Trump Jr. praised Cernovich for reporting that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the unmasking of U.S. persons connected to President Donald Trump’s campaign whose communications were swept up by incidental surveillance. (Surveillance and national security experts told TPM that Rice would be well within her rights to make such requests.)
“In a long gone time of unbiased journalism he’d win the Pulitzer,” Trump Jr. wrote. “Not today!”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 4, 2017
Cernovich’s greatest hits include the since-deleted claim that “diversity is code for white genocide” and the declaration that “date rape doesn’t exist” because “‘raping’ a girl without using force” is “basically impossible.”
While Cernovich deleted those posts, there are plenty more on his Twitter account along similar lines.
“Diversity” is code for denying me a job because of my skin color, gender, and sexual interest in women.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) September 9, 2015
End result of feminism? Women are killing themselves and also overdosing on drugs and alcohol. pic.twitter.com/LYjq731orE
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) April 21, 2016
Blacks use guns for murder. Whites use guns to kill themselves. You can’t talk “gun voilence” without defining terms, being honest.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) June 12, 2016
Remember when I said I don’t argue w/blacks? Twitter is a new form of segregation, do not go to “black twitter.” https://t.co/89dCO8lUPQ
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) August 29, 2016
“Feminism is collective action for ugly women.” pic.twitter.com/5FxMbdWMP0
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) January 22, 2017
Cernovich promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory. As that conspiracy unfolded, a man entered a Washington, D.C. restaurant with an AR-15 assault rifle and firing off one or more shots. The suspect told police that he came to “self-investigate” the fabricated story.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 23, 2016
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 24, 2016
There is zero evidence connecting the gunman (who gave no statement) and #pizzagate. None. This is more fake news.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) December 5, 2016
Less inflammatory but also notable: Cernovich’s apparent change of opinion on Kanye West.
Because you’re incurably insecure and your wife is a fat whore. https://t.co/g4FWDBTP3I
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) March 7, 2016
Congrats on making first move for 2020 @kanyewest. I see what you did, unlike fake news media, and I’m not foolish enough to dismiss you!
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 18, 2016