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The Story Behind Trump’s Retweet Of An Apparent Nazi-Sympathizer

The presidential candidate re-tweeted someone who appears to be a Nazi-sympathizing conspiracy theorist

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Jan 24, 2016 at 11:41 AM ET

Donald Trump outraged the internet on Friday when he retweeted a photo posted on Twitter by someone who lists his or her location as “Jewmerica,” and who has glorified Hitler and made references to George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, in past tweets.

Now, you might say, the location and past tweets are elements of a Twitter profile that could be overlooked when casually re-tweeting a photo, but this person’s Twitter handle is hard to miss: Trump re-tweeted a person using the name “@WhiteGenocideTM.” The content of the tweet itself was pretty harmless, a fake picture of Jeb Bush holding a pro-Trump sign.

For the unfamiliar: “White genocide” is a conspiracy theory popular among white supremacist groups. The theory hinges on the idea that there’s a deliberate effort to turn the white race into minority groups in countries where they’re traditionally the majority until the white race is ultimately extinct, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Many of those who subscribe to the theory, like David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, believe that the groups responsible for “white genocide” are Jews and those with liberal political ideals and agendas, and who use immigration, integration and even abortion policies to push the “genocide” forward.

The idea of a “white genocide” isn’t new, but was recently re-surfaced by a man named Robert Whitaker, who the SPLC describes as “a cantankerous segregationist making a presidential bid this year on the racist American Freedom Party ticket.”

Whitaker wrote what is known in the “white genocide” community as The Mantra, a 221-word “strategy to fight white genocide” that ends with the phrase “anti-racist is code word for anti-white.” White supremacists and other hate groups will often post The Mantra in online discussion groups and the comment sections of news articles to promote the “white genocide” agenda.

In addition to the racially charged handle, whomever is behind the “@WhiteGenocideTM” Twitter account has also used the social media site to claim that “Hitler SAVED Europe” and that “Jews/Israel did 9/11.”

As of Friday evening, eight hours and more than 3,000 retweets later, Trump had not addressed the use of the tweet, nor had he removed it from his Twitter page.