Foreign Policy Racism

Trump Creates Another Diplomatic Dispute Over Twitter

SK Ashby
Written by SK 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.