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Trump-Promoted Twitter That 'Gassed' Sanders Now Pro Bernie — Not

That @WhiteGenocideTM Twitter that Donald Trump retweeted from? It’s now morphed into a mock “Bernie 4 Prez” feed.

Trump retweeted a deprecating post about Jeb Bush last week from the Twitter, but critics quickly noted that by doing so he was promoting a site filled with anti-Semitic ramblings directed at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish.

The most heinous was one of the Republican front-runner pushing the button of a gas chamber with Sanders inside.

Over the weekend, the site started mocking all the outrage by declaring itself pro-Sanders. But make no mistake, it’s NOT — and the new posts continue to be anti-Semitic.

One tweet praised him for advancing a “Jewish America” and saying “Hitler & Marx would be proud of you.”

WhiteGenocideTM’s Twitter page lists its residence as “Jewmerica” and includes a link to a short film glorifying Adolf Hitler as a savior of Europe.

JTA’s Ron Kampeas reports that in response to a request on Twitter by the Jewish news agency, he was told the man behind it is Sam Hyde, a stand-up comedian whose repertoire includes a routine that mocks Muslims and notions of racial equality.

The claim could not be immediately verified, and JTA posted a query seeking confirmation on the Facebook page of Million Dollar Extreme, a shock comedy trio that includes Hyde.

Among Hyde’s exponents online are far-right websites.

Hyde in 2013 pranked a TEDx symposium at Drexel University claiming to have just returned from Africa, where he said he was training natives in Javascript.

A.V. Club, profiling Million Dollar Extreme in 2013, called the trio “comedy provocateurs.”

“MDE videos, YouTube comments, and tweets sometimes espouse some pretty heinous views in the service of a joke, and the group doesn’t tend to ‘wink’ when it’s ironically adopting the personas of scummy Internet denizens,” the entertainment news and criticism site said. — With JTA

This story "Trump-Promoted Twitter That 'Gassed' Sanders Now Pro Bernie — Not" was written by John A. Oswald.


John A. Oswald

John A. Oswald

John Oswald is The Forward’s deputy digital media editor.

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