It took about six hours for Donald Trump to go from woodenly reading the words “We must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacism” off of a teleprompter to amplifying a white supremacist in a tweet. Actually, two white supremacists.
He tweeted out a Lou Dobbs (white supremacist No. 1) story about former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee (white supremacist No. 2), who is making the rounds of fringe media such as Fox News to claim that he has been discriminated against because he’s a conservative Trump supporter. Cernekee told Dobbs that Google executives “want to use all the power and all the resources that they have to control the flow of information to the public and make sure that Trump loses in 2020.” That really stuck with Trump; he went to bed thinking about it and then resumed tweeting about it through the morning.
In reality, a foreign realm to Trump, Google does not have an anti-conservative bias, and Cernekee was fired because he kept sharing white supremacist kinds of things on Google’s employee message boards. Such as how he wanted his co-workers to join him in raising funds for the “bounty” on the guy who sucker-punched fellow white supremacist Richard Spencer on Trump’s inauguration day. Spencer is the guy who gained notoriety for “shouting ‘Heil Trump’ and quoting Nazi propaganda in German during an anti-Semitic speech at a white nationalist conference in Washington D.C., held to celebrate Donald Trump’s electoral victory.”
In other internal message board conversations, Cernekee defended two neo-Nazi groups, the Traditionalist Workers Party and the Golden State Skinheads. He said the latter group “stood up for free speech and free association” and suggested that they merely have a branding problem because they call themselves “skinheads.” That has created “unfortunate baggage” for them, he believes, and said in these work discussion boards that they should rebrand as the “Helpful Neighborhood Bald Guys” or “Open Society Institute,” which is the name of the organization founded by George Soros to promote civil society internationally, and that they should also “form alliances with other supporters of liberty and civil rights.” The GSS has branding problems beyond its name: It uses Nazi iconography as its identifying symbols.
So, yeah, that’s who Trump chose to promote on his Twitter feed Monday night. It didn’t take him any time to get over the deaths of more than 20 people in Texas at the hands of a killer who told the world he was motivated by racist hate and get right back to his favorite hobby: fomenting that racist hate.