Well, it was good (sort of) until it lasted.
On Monday, Donald Trump finally gave a statement from the White House denouncing “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.”
After three days of silence on the racist rally in that caused horrifying violence, his comments struck many as too little, too late.
Still, it was something.
But a few hours later, Trump was back at it again.
The president gave a subtle nod to the so-called alt-right by retweeting a post by Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter and far-right conspiracy theorist who was behind the “Pizzagate” scandal and disrupted a performance of “Julius Caesar” over the summer.
Posobiec refers to a story about gun violence in Chicago in which 9 people were killed over the weekend. “No national media outrage. Why is that?” he asks.
People on Twitter saw the retweet as a wink to the alt-right after his TV statement, and an attempt to deflect the attention to crime within the black community:
His way of signaling the alt-right that he’s still their guy.
— The Resistance (@ResistanceAgent) August 15, 2017
We understand “Chicago” is coded language to stereotype black people. It didn’t take long for your true colors to show again.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) August 15, 2017
You retweet a “wink and a nod” to the alt-right. You are insane.
— DJ Crash (@djcrashusa) August 15, 2017
The Anti Defamation League (ADL) defines Posobiec as part of the “alt lite,” a loosely connected movement of right-wing activists “who reject the overtly white supremacist ideology of the alt right, but whose hateful impact is more significant than their ‘lite’ name suggests.”
“The alt lite embraces misogyny and xenophobia, and abhors ‘political correctness’ and the left,” it says.
Hardly an improvement from Trump.