Trump, Jr. Spreads Right-wing Smear That 'Murdered' Saudi Journalist Supports 'Jihadists'

'He’s just a democrat reformer journalist holding a RPG with jihadists,' said the original tweet

File Photo: Donald Trump, Jr. speaks at a Make America Great Again rally in Great Falls, Montana, U.S., July 5, 2018.
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Donald Trump Jr. promoted a Twitter exchange on Friday that implied Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who is believed to have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month, is a supporter of "jihadist."

The president’s eldest son retweeted Patrick Poole, a writer for the far-right website PJ Media who was discussing the issue with Sean Davis, who is the co-founder of The Federalist, a conservative news site.

On Friday morning, Poole tweeted an image of a 1988 news article with Khashoggi’s byline that identifies the journalist holding a rocket-propelled grenade in a photo with mujahedeen in Afghanistan.

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“He’s just a democrat reformer journalist holding a RPG with jihadists,” Poole tweeted of Khashoggi.

“Huh,” Davis tweeted at Poole. “It’s almost like reality is quite different than the evidence-free narratives peddled by media with a long history of cooperating with or getting duped by Iran echo chamber architects.”

However, Trump Jr., Poole and Davis all ignore or are apparently unaware of the fact that when Khashoggi wrote the article, the United States government and Osama bin Laden were allies with the Afghan fighters against the Soviet Union.

Screenshot of Donald Trump Jr. retweeting smear tying missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Islamic terrorism
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Trump Jr. will be a special VIP guest at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual California Bash, the organization announced.

The son of President Donald Trump is the executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Other special guests at the event, which will be held on Monday at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, include Pastor John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel.