- Netflix announces Samurai version of ‘Game of Thrones’ 3 Months Ago
- The 8-Bit Guy: Why retro tech and restoration isn’t just for ‘old white guys’ Today 7:00 AM
- How to watch the 2019 MTV Awards for free Today 7:00 AM
- Why Hillary Clinton is getting blamed for a recent spate of unconnected deaths Today 6:30 AM
- How to watch Nick Jr. online for free Today 5:30 AM
- People are not falling for these ICE ‘propaganda’ photos Sunday 4:23 PM
- CLIF Bar and KIND Snacks are in a bizarre social media war Sunday 2:55 PM
- Caillou is how tall? Sunday 1:32 PM
- No, that video of a Boston Dynamics robot attacking its creators is not real Sunday 12:40 PM
- Alex Jones places $1 million bounty on culprit who planted child porn on his InfoWars server Sunday 12:03 PM
- ‘Stranger Things’ star’s new Netflix prank show is receiving backlash Sunday 9:04 AM
- How to watch ‘City on a Hill’ for free Sunday 8:00 AM
- How to watch ‘Euphoria’ for free Sunday 7:00 AM
- Meet the home brewer turning beer into a case for net neutrality Sunday 6:30 AM
- How to watch the U.S. vs. Chile at the World Cup for free Sunday 6:15 AM
Twitter blasts Benny Johnson over heinous Native American ‘socialist’ reservations take
Benny Johnson works as chief creative officer pro-Trump conservative student organization Talking Points USA.
Benny Johnson faced widespread backlash on Twitter after claiming that Native American reservations were an example of socialism “failing” in action in the United States.
Do you want socialism in America?
We already have it.
Just travel to an Indian Reservation.
You will see the realities of complete & total government dependence.
Go. I dare you.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 15, 2019
Johnson said reservations were an example of “complete & total government dependence” in a tweet which was accompanied by a video before tagging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)—a self-described democratic socialist.
Johnson, a former reporter for the Daily Caller, now works as chief creative officer for the pro-Trump, conservative student organization Talking Points USA.
The highly partisan and outright inaccurate take was quickly corrected by users who slammed Johnson for his dismissal of Native American genocide.
Reservations aren't socialist experiments, they are former concentration camps. It's because of capitalism and everything else that supported or was spawned from settler-colonialism that 96% of our lands in the "US" are occupied…
— SaltyLilOjibwe (@SaltyLilOjibwe) March 17, 2019
It's pretty clear neither of you has ever been to a reservation.
— weyodi will be distracted until April 15 (@weyodi) March 17, 2019
*murders indigenous populations to steal their land*
*breaks every treaty we ever made with them*
"-understand why -"
*kidnaps their children for reeducation*
"-the reservations -"
*builds pipeline that leaks and contaminate their water*
*-would do this to themselves!"
— Zelnut (@catcherinthesty) March 19, 2019
Nobody checked the history of North American tribespeople? The government didn’t subsidize them as much as murdered millions of them, shunned the rest from white society, downsized them, stole the best land, and when minerals were needed the gov. stole & poisoned more land.
— Edward T. Babinski (@edwardtbabinski) March 15, 2019
Some Twitter users questioned the authenticity of the video shared with the tweet, which featured an unnamed woman who identifies herself as a Native American.
And the woman in the video is a #pretendian. She’s as Native as Elizabeth Warren.
— SoutheastNative (@SoutheastNative) March 17, 2019
The person in this vid @MikaelaPaw aka Mikaela Lyrea Martinez Verstraete is a fake. She’s not affiliated w/ any tribe, no Native person has heard of her until just recently, her parents identify as Hispanic pastors. She’s a token pawn for right wing groups https://t.co/Zp4ncBGyKS
— heatherfeather (@heather28df) March 17, 2019
Others, seemingly aware of Johnson’s career history, were unsurprised at such a take
hey buzzfeed boy what's it like being one of the genuinely stupidest people to ever draw breath on the planet
— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) March 19, 2019
Johnson first gained notoriety in 2014 after being fired by BuzzFeed after being accused of multiple instances of plagiarism. He then established himself on the right as a conservative social media personality, working at several publications before landing his current role at Turning Point USA.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.