Jon Green | America Blog | January 22, 2016
Donald Trump sent two interesting tweets this morning. One, which has been widely covered, was a manual retweet of a user with the handle @WhiteGenocideTM, whose bio includes a link to a pro-Nazi documentary.
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has retweeted a white nationalist or white nationalist propaganda, which poses a bit of a problem: Trump is exploiting the perverse tradeoff where the media can either continue to write stories every time he retweets white nationalists, thereby boosting his standing among the large subset of white Republicans that hold racist attitudes, or they can ignore him, thereby normalizing white nationalism.
However, while Trump’s tweet was wrong and bad and racist and awful and [insert negative adjective here], it was a tweet Trump sent earlier in the morning that likely has greater implications in the Republican primary:
It took a long time, but Donald Trump’s closest competitor in the Republican primary has recently started hitting Trump on a violation of conservative orthodoxy: defending the government’s right to expropriate private land for public use with fair compensation.