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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

Donald Trump Jr. promoted an “alt-right” video on his Twitter account that suggests Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign is engaged in satanism and her aides are trying to “kidnap your children, make them disappear, sell them into all kinds of things.” The video features “alt-right” bloggers Vox Day, who claims blacks are inferior to whites, and Mike Cernovich, a rape apologist.

On November 4, Trump Jr. retweeted the video, in which blogger Stefan Molyneux talks with Cernovich and Day about the “spirit cooking scandal”:

The “spirit cooking scandal” refers to a hacked email posted to WikiLeaks in which lobbyist Tony Podesta asked his brother, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, if he wanted to attend a “spirit cooking dinner” hosted by performance artist Marina Abramović. Trump supporters have used the invitation to claim that Podesta and the Clinton campaign are Satan worshippers. The Washington Post debunked the absurd claim, writing that an email “inviting Clinton’s campaign chair to dinner — a dinner he didn’t even attend — is not proof of any of the things that the Trump Internet is claiming about it right now.”

During the video, Molyneux says the news is “extraordinary,” referring to the “Podesta emails, which is all this spirit cooking stuff, and invitations to what seems like occult magic/satanic rituals/I don’t know what the hell is going on.” Cernovich claimed that the allegations are “worse” than what people are saying and that “John Podesta and his brother are doing this together with who knows how many people are there.”

The video also suggests Podesta and his allies might be luring children with their alleged “spirit cooking” parties — a variation of the “pants on fire” false claim that the Clintons are running an underground sex ring targeting children.

Vox Day asked: “Given all of the other weirdness that is surrounding Podesta, and is surrounding these people — because these are the same people that were talking about this whole spirit cooking thing. And so that’s what’s very troubling. I mean, would you ever want your young children going to a party with John Podesta and his spirit cooking?”

Mike Cernovich later said: “If you’re going to have children, you don’t want to live in a world where these people could potentially kidnap your children, make them disappear, sell them into all kinds of things, or who knows what. And that’s what people are realizing now is the gatekeepers are gone. The media people, they’re not writing about this because they’re right there at these parties — with them.”

Day also praised Trump Jr., saying that “he looks like he wants to personally waterboard or guillotine every single member of Hillary Clinton’s circle” during the debates.

Vox Day is an “alt-right” writer with a history of pushing racist and misogynistic rhetoric. He has tweeted that “I support white nationalism.” He also tweeted that “I am an Alt Right nationalist, I’m American Indian.”

Day has a long history of racism. He has tweeted that African-Americans have lower IQs than others, are more prone to violence, and are worse than an atomic bomb for a city.

And from his blog:

As for the idea of stronger blacks and smarter Asians serving whites, that could not be further from my own position on ideal interracial relations. My belief is that every population group, every human sub-species, every nation, is better served by furthering a homogeneous group interest. To put it crudely, whites would do well to pick their own cotton and count their own money, blacks would do well to build their own power stations and grow their own crops, and yellows would do well to develop their own technologies and establish their own university systems. Let Israel be Israel and let Myanmar be Myanmar.

Mike Cernovich is another “alt-right” activist, who operates a website that attacks feminists and disputes the validity of date rape claims. He has tweeted: “the hotter the sex, the more closely it resembles rape,” “the only rape culture is Muslim rape culture,” and “why should I care when women are raped?” Cernovich is a favorite of the Trump campaign.

Trump Jr. has repeatedly interacted with white nationalists and promoted their work. In March, he retweeted the false claim from Vox Day that “The ‘Trump Nazi’ is Portia Boulger, who runs the Women for Bernie Sanders Twitter account.” And he also:

posted an image celebrating “Pepe the Frog, a symbol that has been co-opted by white supremacists and nationalists”;

said during a radio interview that the media would be “warming up the gas chamber” if Trump lied like Hillary Clinton has;

retweeted anti-Semitic writer Kevin MacDonald, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls “the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic”; and

gave an interview to white nationalist radio host James Edwards, during which Edwards and Trump Jr. complained about “political correctness.”

Trump Jr. has unsurprisingly become a hero to white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

IMAGE: via Screengrab/WTAE

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