With the advent of the Trump era, Twitter is the place to be. The ascent of the Trump family to power has brought the presidency’s respectability down to that which can be fit into 140 characters or less.
This Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a comment from the far right nutjob Paul Joseph Watson. As is prone to take place on Twitter, the internet promptly ripped into Trump Jr. for giving credibility to Watson, who works for Alex Jones’s InfoWars.
And that does not even address the pathetic, childish pettiness of the content of Watson’s message itself, even with Trump Jr.’s added commentary.
Watson’s original tweet reads, with a link to back up the first part: “Left wing French celebrities say they will move to Canada if Le Pen wins. Now where have I heard that before?” (Marine Le Pen is the French equivalent of Donald Trump.)
Left wing French celebrities say they will move to Canada if Le Pen wins.
Now where have I heard that before? https://t.co/UH02D0iMYW
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 9, 2017
Donald Trump Jr., who is the Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization and our Dear Leader’s son, retweeted Watson’s post, adding a message of his own, which reads: “I’m still waiting for all those celebs here, who promised to do the same, to go!!!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 9, 2017
Okay, again — besides the actual content of this message, the man that Trump Jr. is retweeting works with InfoWars. InfoWars, if you’re not familiar, peddles dangerous conspiracy theories such as the one that a certain D.C. pizzeria is the center of an international pedophilia ring. That fake news story got so out of control that Alex Jones, the head honcho and Screamer-in-Chief at InfoWars, was forced to walk back his initial “reports” that lent credence to the outlandish idea, which eventually became known as Pizzagate.
And this is the guy that the son of the president of the United States is openly implying to be credible on Twitter. This sort of thing is not new coming from the Trump family, but it’s still disturbing nonetheless, as innumerable Twitter users pointed out in Trump Jr.’s comments section.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Way to retweet a bigot conspiracy theorist, you trust-fund clownboy.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) April 9, 2017
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) April 9, 2017
The issue with the identity of the person Trump Jr. is retweeting is in addition to the fact that, evidently, it’s not only the elder Trump who is still stuck in the election. Trump Jr. can’t move on from the power grabbing of the election either.
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