Twitter Aghast After Trump’s ‘White Farmers’ Tweet: ‘Blatant White Nationalist Talking Point’


Late Wednesday night, President Donald Trump tweeted out that he asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” of white farmers.

His request to the Secretary of State, it seems, was inspired by something he saw on Fox News.

His tweet caused quite a stir on Twitter, many who pointed out that the president’s tweet had links to white nationalist talking points.

Reveal’s Aaron Sankin noted that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was now helping white nationalists communicate messages to POTUS.

Then continuing the thread, he wrote: “I cannot overstate the frequency with which white nationalists talk about the plight of white farmers in South Africa in podcasts and online forums. Anyway, the president reacting to two of his key former employees getting convicted by tweeting out white supremacist propaganda seems like a thing people should be concerned about.”

HuffPo’s Jessica Schulberg agreed, writing, “this is a blatant nod to white nationalists in South Africa.”

She also noted that Trump sent the tweet twice. The first one got deleted because he tagged the wrong Pompeo, not because of racism.

The Daily Beast’s Will Sommers likewise noted that the far-right will likely see this as another presidential “thumbs up.”

Others were also left aghast by Trump’s tweet.

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, though, simply wrote “subtle.”

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