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Seth Cotlar

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This is a disturbing escalation of a longstanding trend where Trump first signals awareness of some far right fringe group or meme, then, over time, eventually just ends up endorsing them.

Will Sommer

@willsommer

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Trump is really stepping his QAnon outreach — last night he posted a video filled with overt QAnon memes on TruthSocial.

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I'm reminded of December 2016 when I was shocked to discover that Trump had retweeted a guy whose timeline was littered with alt-right Pepe memes. Ah, sweet summer child. I remember tweeting like mad about it..."How could a President-Elect do such a thing!?!?!?"

Needless to say, Trump didn't check the dude's timeline before giving him a Twitter fist bump. This was not an intentional shout out to his alt-right fans. The point was, he didn't care that such "deplorables" loved him and had zero interest in distancing himself from them.

This August 2019 tweet, however, was an explicit fist bump to the violent right wing extremists who invaded Portland that day in the name of "defending the country from Antifa." That 2019 event was organized by 2 Proud Boys who then helped organize J6. twitter.com/SethCotlar/sta…

Believe it or not, but the entire Antifa-right wing media-industrial complex did not even exist until several months AFTER Trump took office. It was invented by far right goons and fabulists, and then became a ubiquitous subject of national conversation. twitter.com/SethCotlar/sta…

Seth Cotlar

@SethCotlar

Teaches US History at Willamette Univ. Wrote a book on Tom Paine and the Americans who hated/loved him. Working on a book about the long history of the US Right

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