Amid Criticism Over Charlottesville, Trump Retweets 'Pizzagate' Conspiracy Theorist

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U.S. President Donald Trump departs to travel to New York from the White House in Washington, U.S. August 14, 2017.
U.S. President Donald Trump departs to travel to New York from the White House in Washington, U.S. August 14, 2017.Credit: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

Just hours after finally condemning white supremacists over Saturday's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a message about shootings in Chicago from Jack Posobiec, a leader of the so-called alt-right and a prominent conspiracy theorist.

Trump had faced widespread condemnation for failing to address the bloodshed in Charlotteville and for stating initially that "many sides" were involved, rather than explicitly condemning white supremacists widely seen as sparking the melee.

Speaking at the White House on Monday, Trump said that "racism is evil," and that the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and other hate groups were "repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."

Hours later, Trump was back on Twitter and retweeted Posobiec's message, which read: "Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?" The tweet suggests that the media had given an unfairly large amount of negative coverage to the violent rally in Charlottesville, while shootings in Chicago had gotten no attention whatsoever.

Critics have said that by retweeting Posobiec's tweet, Trump is signaling his appreciation for members of the "alt-right" and his agreement with their view that the media is skewed in their disfavor.

Posobiec, who supported Trump throughout his election campaign, is best known for his prominence in the debunked "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory concerning Hillary Clinton and a Washington pedophile ring.

Following Saturday's rally, in which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a man plowed his car into a crowd of counterprosters, Posobiec spread a false report on Twitter that the "Terrorist Is Anti-Trump, Open Borders Drug Addict."

The assailant was later identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, who was since arrested and charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in a death.

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