If you want to tweet messages of love to neo-Nazis, the least you can do is be smart about it, Kellyanne. But President Donald Trump’s counselor isn’t known for her brains.
Kellyanne Conway retweeted a Valentine’s Day note from a fan who wrote, “Your strength & resiliency in face of vile hatred, bigotry, & sexism of the unhinged Left is a daily inspiration! Love you!”
To which Conway replied, “Love you back. Happy Day to the Hapless Haters” — a post that was also subsequently sent to 1.3 million of her Twitter followers.
The problem is the tweet came from a white nationalist named “Lib Hypocrisy” who is heavily involved in the white supremacist agenda. The account has an emoji of Pepe the Frog, which has become a mascot for anti-Semites (and is categorized by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate symbol) and the bio consists of #WhiteIdentity and #Nationalist hashtags. The person hiding behind the cartoon frog also is a fan of Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who wants to ban mosques, and Trump’s very own white nationalist, Steve Bannon.
You can see exactly what kind of posts “Lib Hypocrisy” tweets at Media Matters.
BuzzFeed reporter Mike Hayes first noted the tweet and quickly took its snapshot before it could be removed.
Chez Pazienza, a reporter for the Daily Banter, suggested the tweet was a code to neo-Nazis, particularly the words “Hapless Haters” whose double “H” in certain circles, may translate to “Heil Hitler.”
So did Conway actually send a secret message to anti-Semites and then delete it when the intention was understood? Is it really that farfetched?
It'd be easier to give her the benefit of the doubt if Conway herself were not have been a chronic liar and if her president was not known to retweet white supremacist posts. But that is not the case.
Last year, Trump reposted a Photoshopped picture of Jeb Bush holding a “Vote Trump” sign outside Trump Towers. The picture was originally posted by WhiteGenocideTM, who, as evident by the name, is a neo-Nazi.
Trump also posted a chart that showed fake statistics highlighting “black-on-black” murder rates and whose source was a neo-Nazi.
As for Conway, she claimed she didn’t know “ who had access to my account. Let me see who tweeted that. That’s terrible.”
"I’ve never heard of Lib Hypocrisy obviously. I denounce whoever it is. I’m going to find out who’s tweeting it. It will be immediately deleted. Everybody makes mistakes,” she later told BuzzFeed.
So is it a case of hacking or was it a mistake, Kellyanne? Please make up your mind.
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