U.S. President Donald Trump’s weekend Twitter spree, between pushing his “OBAMAGATE!” conspiracy theory and retweeting a cartoon depicting Adam Schiff as the Joker, included a retweet of controversial right-wing activist Michelle Malkin.
Malkin has been ostracized by mainstream conservatism after supporting a Holocaust denier earlier this year. She recently dubbed herself the “mommy” of the so-called groyper army – a movement of white nationalists vying to replace the alt-right.
The video Trump retweeted was created and posted by “America First clips,” an internet show founded by the leader of the groyper army, Nick Fuentes. That show replaced his YouTube channel, which was banned in February for “hate speech.”
The video features Malkin complaining about conservatives being silenced. She criticitzed the lack of “safe spaces” for them, repeating the right-wing lament that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter unfairly censor conservative views.
Trump commented in his retweet: “The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events. Thank you Michelle!“
Twitter appeared to take down the original video retweeted by Trump, but “America First clips” tweeted it again with the comment, “Twitter deleted this tweet after @realDonaldTrump shared it. Censorship in America is out of control!”
A few years ago, Trump retweeting Malkin – a well-known conservative pundit and New York Times best-selling author – would not have been noteworthy. In recent months, though, she became a figure of controversy after dedicating a speech to “America Firsters” like the Proud Boys, Laura Loomer and Fuentes.
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The “groyper arrmy” is an online group that has been denounced by the Anti-Defamation League as “a loose network of alt-right figures who are vocal supporters of white supremacist and ‘America First’ podcaster Nick Fuentes.”
Fuentes, an associate of white nationalist and self-described racial identitarian Richard Spencer, made national headlines in late 2019 for heckling Donald Trump Jr. at an event at UCLA. That resulted in Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle leaving the stage after attempting to shout down the audience.
The groypers have been disrupting many high-profile conservative political events, asking speakers leading questions about Israel, gay rights and immigration to force them to defend universal rights – with the aim of revealing them as “fake conservatives.”
Last November, the Zionist Organization of America called on Twitter to ban Fuentes – who marched at the notorious “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville – for using the “analogy of Cookie Monster baking batches of cookies to attempt to deny the horrific murder of 6 million innocent Jews during the Holocaust” during a podcast he hosts.
Malkin has since doubled down on her support for the groypers. Speaking at the inaugural America First Political Action Conference in March, she referred to herself as “mommy,” insisted she was “passing the torch” and said she was “honored to speak alongside” the likes of Patrick Casey and Nick Fuentes.” Casey leads the white supremacist group American Identity Movement.