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GOP displays tweet from white supremacist group during Donald Trump’s speech at RNC

This wasn't the first time.

Feb 29, 2020, 3:19 am*

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Alexandra Samuels 

Alexandra Samuels

As Donald Trump accepted his party’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, four large screens in the Quicken Loans Arena were broadcasting a series of tweets. 

However, one post in particular is garnering the attention of many. 

https://twitter.com/Western_Triumph/status/756316297860943872

User @Western_Triumph’s tweet seems harmless at first glance—simply quoting a line from Trump’s speech—but a closer look at the account tells a much different story. 

The user’s bio features a series of slogans associated with white supremacy, including #ProWhite, #RaceRealist and #LoveYourRace. In other tweets, the account advocates for race segregation, a “great purge” of non-white “traitors,” and the deportation of Muslims to the Middle East, among other racist messages.

https://twitter.com/Western_Triumph/status/756461413518966784

https://twitter.com/Western_Triumph/status/755170126987689984

https://twitter.com/Western_Triumph/status/755055555446763521

According to Talking Points Memo, this was not the first tweet by an alleged white supremacist group that was broadcast during the Republican National Convention. On Tuesday, an anti-immigrant hate group, Virginia Dare, was highlighted on the convention’s screens. 

During his run for president, Trump has repeatedly been accused of encouraging racism. Although the photo is now deleted, Trump retweeted a photo last November that suggested African-Americans were responsible for killing 81 percent of white homicide victims. And last February, he declined to distance himself from the endorsement of David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. 

The Republican National Convention has yet to comment. 

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*First Published: Jul 22, 2016, 7:01 am