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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right, ultranationalist Britain First political organization, who has previously been “found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.” Trump’s retweets of three videos attempting to link Muslims to violent crime, one of which has been debunked and the other two of which lacked context, were praised by white nationalists and far-right ideologues on Twitter and by Internet trolls on 4chan, 8chan, and Reddit message boards. At least one prominent fake news website also defended Trump’s retweets.

Prominent white nationalist David Duke:


Far-right vlogger and identitarian movement supporter Peter Sweden:


White nationalist podcast host James Allsup:

White nationalist associate of Richard Spencer, Evan McLaren:


White nationalist congressional hopeful Grant J. Kidney:

White nationalist group Defend Europa:

Anti-immigration hate website VDARE:

poster on 4chan’s “politically incorrect” message board: “Trump just went full alt right.”

Another 4chan/pol/ user wrote, “PRAISE TRUMP,” calling the videos Trump shared “/POL/-TIER MUSLIM CHIMPOUT VIDEOS” — an indication that the videos were extreme enough to have been promoted by 4chan users.

One user on the 8chan/pol/ message board, in reference to Trump’s tweets, wrote, “I’m still not tired of winning. Sieg fucking heil.”

And on the pro-Trump subreddit “/r/The_Donald,” one user shared the videos Trump retweeted and directed other users to an online tool that can be used to download the videos, likely to share them through different mediums.

Fake news website Conservative Tribune praised Trump’s tweetstorm in a post, writing, “Refusing to cower to political correctness, President Donald Trump went rogue Wednesday, taking dead aim at radical Islamic terrorists and the violence they sow.”