Foreign Policy Racism

Trump Creates Another Diplomatic Dispute Over Twitter

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Nothing good comes from watching Tucker Carlson, or any Fox News program for that matter, and that's especially true when Donald Trump is watching.

Trump was watching last night when Tucker's program floated the fringe right wing conspiracy that the South African government is literally killing white farmers and stealing their land; a white supremacist's wet dream.

It's not true. In fact, the land in question was originally stolen from black families during the Apartheid regime, but that didn't stop Trump from turning the conspiracy theory into actual government action.

The South African government responded to Trump's comment this morning by saying they would take it up with the State Department.

On Thursday, the South African minister of international relations, Lindiwe Sisulu, described the tweet as “regrettable” and “based on false information.” The government said it would seek clarification from the United States Embassy, and Ms. Sisulu planned to “communicate with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the matter through diplomatic channels.”

I would not be the least bit surprised if Trump brings this up during his next campaign rally, further harming relations between the United States and South Africa.

This story has everything his rabid racist base wants to hear even if it's not true.

  • Draxiar

    Oh NOW trump cares about Africa? I wonder why that is….

  • muselet

    I doubt seriously that Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson knows or cares even a little bit about South Africa. I doubt he cares even slightly about the history of land ownership in South Africa, let alone the details of various parliamentary proposals regarding land reform.

    No, Carlson was trying to rile up the rubes, to get The Base wondering when those BOO! scary scary blah people will start stealing land from them and kill them all in their beds. Not that he believes that’s going to happen—contrary to the preponderance of available evidence, Carlson isn’t actually stupid—but it’s a useful distraction from the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen trials.

    Which is why Donald Trump fell upon this story like a hyena on a zebra. That not a word of the story is true is irrelevant as long as Republican voters believe it.

    They cynicism on display is astounding.


  • Georgie

    Qasim Rashid/Twitter Below: Article from a neo-Nazi website just two days ago, And (above) the Tweet from the US Commander in Chief today.

    • JMAshby

      Yeah, it’s a white supremacist fantasy

      • waspuppet

        I forget who, but someone pointed out that Tucker Carlson’s segment only mentioned the land thing (which of course he got wrong), and didn’t say anything about white farmers being killed. So that part came straight from the Nazi sites.

  • Aynwrong

    I wish I could remember who said it.

    “The President of the United States is a 70 year old man who watches Fox News.”

    • 1933john

      While eating Large Big Mac Combo with “Go Cup”.

  • Badgerite

    FFFFFing POS.

  • Nefercat

    I want a constitutional amendment stating that it is unlawful for presidents to watch, quote, or act on information from fox.

    Of course, if we can get an FEC rule that prevents people from being listed as presidential candidates if they have not publicly posted a minimum of 17 years of tax returns (based on ages 18-35, the minimum age for president). that would keep out a lot of the riff-raff and crime families.

    Oh, and they would have to pass the same test people take to become naturalized citizens. That would keep out the morons and tada, no more trumps.

    • katanahamon

      I’d like legislation regarding truth in broadcasting, with severe penalties for false information, statistics, and opinion as fact. No more propaganda as news.

      • Draxiar

        *round of applause*