All too often, we say that Trump has reached a new low—only to find he does something even more outrageous just a day or mere hours later.
This morning may have marked one of those times. We thought that Trump sunk to a new low when he couldn’t be bothered to tell the leader of a hostile foreign power to stay the hell out of our elections. But this morning, Trump may have sunk lower than that. He saw fit to retweet one of the most notorious white nationalists on the tubes, Lauren Southern.
As part of the far-right meltdown over Facebook permanently ixnaying several right-wing trolls and racists, Trump saw fit to retweet this from Southern.
Lmao at establishment conservatives who think they won’t be labeled the new “dangerous” / “extremist” voices when those to the right of them are all banned. Good luck with that one guys ????????
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) May 3, 2019
In so doing, Trump revealed he had few qualms about retweeting someone who has been one of the loudest proponents of “white genocide”—the idea behind the “You will not replace us!” chant. Twitter has been aghast this morning.
Trump is retweeting Lauren Southern, a racist who popularized the “white genocide” conspiracy theory.
There have been many low moment in the Trump presidency. His conduct on Twitter this AM may be the worst pic.twitter.com/Z6Cunk9VEn
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 4, 2019
Trump is retweeting a series of vile people this morning.
Lauren Southern, for example, claims women are "not psychologically developed to hold leadership positions.” She has defended Richard Spencer, a Neo-Nazi.
This is who Trump has decided to promote, from the presidency.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 4, 2019
Donald Trump would never retweet a flat-out racist troll to signal his alt-right supporters he's still with them, right?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 4, 2019
— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) May 4, 2019
When you are president, a retweet is an endorsement. Anyone who wonders why we can’t just get over it, this is why. Anyone who wonders why many of us will not call Trump “Mr. President,” this is why. Anyone who wonders why we’re up in arms despite the economy supposedly doing well, this is why.
This retweet is yet more proof that nothing Trump does is worth it.
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