Tweet Of The Week: Mystery Pander Edition

Team Trump has been battling its latest controversy for days: you know, the whole anti-semitic tweet flap. It’s clearly their policy to never apologize for the Insult Comedian’s egregious malakatude. Apparently, it’s PC to admit to offending anyone at any time for any cause. The thing that baffles me is the Trumpite’s continuous pandering to white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and skinhead types. David Dukkke has gone from a mild supporter to an enthusiastic one as you can see from this tweet:

What? No white genocide hashtag? Duke’s more overt support of the Insult Comedian is one reason that, as First Draft’s resident Dukeologist, I felt the need to chime-in. It’s also why I don’t get the latest mystery pander. The erstwhile Gret Stet Fuhrer wannabe is one of the nation’s leading anti-Semites: he even attacked Elie Wiesel after his passing. BUT fanatical anti-Semites are a small sub-section of the country’s racists, it’s a seemingly high-risk low-reward pander as it sets off alarm bells in the GOP. They prefer their dog whistling subtle and aimed at blacks, muslims, hispanics, uppity women, and immigrants, not at Jews. Of course, very little that Team Trump does makes sense to rational people. The notion of the Trump “pivot” seems more laughable by the day.

The most alarming thing about the original anti-Semitic image used by the Trumpites is that such sourcing of material from white supremacist sources is NOT an isolated incident. Fortune Magazine has published an exhaustive study into the issue and finds that Team Trump frequently draws inspiration from the worst people on the internets. Here’s the conclusion Fortune draws from its research:

Donald Trump has never publicly commented on the idea of white genocide, and has publicly distanced himself from white supremacists (despite his well-publicized stumble on David Duke and the KKK). Most recently, in a Monday evening interview with CNN, Trump said he has “always condemned” white supremacists, adding: “I don’t want their support, I don’t need their support.”

But Trump clearly is partial to conspiracy theories, including his involvement in the birther movement and his appearance on a radio program hosted by Alex Jones (whom Trump has referred to as a “nice guy,” even after Jones claimed The Boston Marathon bombings were carried out by the U.S. government).

To repeat what Hope Hicks said, Trump neither checks nor cares that an account like@NeilTurner_ ― which he has retweeted five times ― includes the phrase “#WhiteGenocide is real” in its bio.

What the data shows, however, is that Donald Trump and his campaign have used social media to court support within the white supremacist community, whether intentionally or unintentionally. And it appears to have worked.

The unanswered question is why they’ve gone there. The only answer I can come up with is that Trump’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party has been accompanied by a stream of outrageous statements and 100 decibel level dog whistling. The only way they can top themselves is this mystery pander to racist groups. It reminds me of the 1991 Gret Stet Goober race between Duke, Edwin Edwards, and Buddy Roemer. Non-Louisianians kept asking me how anyone could vote for David Duke. My consistent reply was, “It’s the ultimate protest vote. The most outrageous thing they can do.” It’s happening again. The good news is that David Duke lost that race and faded into a noisy kind of obscurity.

Repeat after me: Donald Trump will not be the first Insult Comedian elected President.

2 thoughts on “Tweet Of The Week: Mystery Pander Edition

  1. Don’t know why they’ve gone all in on white supremacy/hatred, but am hoping/expecting that if Loosiana rejected Dukkke 25 years ago, a far larger, better educated, and more diverse nation should be able to do the same with Trump.

  2. Did David Duke add the image of the hand wringing in the top right of the 2nd tweet? Because hands like that are a racist symbol for Jews being hand wringing people who only only want money. The image of hands in the top right of the second tweet is copied exactly from any number of the same image on Google image search. In case the “hidden hand” reference was too subtle…here are some actual hands. The bit was better when Borat did it.

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