When I was emailed a couple of pictures of one of our Tweets showing up in the crawl on the Cleveland Jumbotron, it was obvious what had happened: there's an #RNCinCLE official hashtag, and a staffer was pulling positive and inspirational Tweets off it. Since Tweets like this one ARE positive and inspirational (note the hashtag with the little elephant after it) we made the cut.
"The sleeping giant of the American spirit has awakened." - Henry McMaster #RNCinCLE— VDARE (@vdare) July 19, 2016
Hateful messages like this one would not:
Nor would anything overtly racist, sexist, or obscene. But I also thought, and wrote last night, that
It will be fun to see the SPLC’s head exploding, and them trying to “guilt-by-association” Trump for something Sam Francis said in a speech before the SPLC staffers were born. I just imagine Trump or his staff explaining slowly “It’s a Tweet. Off the Internet. Because of a Hashtag. Grow up!”
VDARE.com often hosts anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and white nationalist viewpoints and columns.
"America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version. Whether we will want to call the new updated version ‘America’ at all is another question entirely,” white nationalist writer Sam Francis wrote on VDARE in 2003.
[Links added back; the SPLC—and thus Mr. Resnick—omitted them. ]
VDARE is interested in preserving America as a "white nation." Why would the GOP and the Trump campaign display one of its tweets during their convention?
By Gideon Resnick, July 19, 2016
Almost exactly as I predicted! He wasn't using my idea, by the way, that's in the standard SPLC boilerplate. In any event, he's got the wrong quote. The one I was thinking of was the one from speech Sam Francis gave at the first American Renaissance conference, published in September 1994:
"The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people, nor is there any reason to believe that the civilization can be successfully transmitted to a different people. "
That's also very popular. The answer to "Why would the GOP and the Trump campaign display" one of our tweets is “It’s a Tweet. Off the Internet. Because of a Hashtag. Grow up!”
The idea that a staffer running the Jumbotron ought to check the SPLC's list of people they hate before posting a Tweet quoting the man nominating Trump is crazy. It is, as I have written before, "shunning" behavior—the sign of a cult mentality.
Also puzzled by this "Internet" thing:
White Nationalist Website’s Tweet Featured Inside RNC Convention Hall, Zachary Pleat, MediaMatters, July 19, 2016
By Katherine Krueger, TPM, Published July 19, 2016