Donald Trump ran what was easily the most bigoted campaign in modern presidential history. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the same has continued in his presidency. After all, we all remember how he openly engaged with overt racists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and other avowed bigots online for nearly two years as he ran for president. All of this was amped up tenfold when Trump hired Stephen K. Bannon to become his campaign CEO. Bannon ran the far-right sewer known as Breitbart.com, which he openly declared was the platform for the white nationalist alt-right movement. Bannon is now Trump’s Chief Strategist in the White House. As if that isn’t bad enough, Stephen Miller, the guy who writes many of Trump’s speeches and immigration policies, spent his youth harassing Hispanic students. Sebastian Gorka, another White House adviser, wore medals associated with a Nazi group to Trump’s inauguration.
Given all of this, nobody is shocked to find out that Trump’s White House has no in-house rapid response team in the traditional sense. Oh, no. They use the same online racists who helped propel Trump to the White House instead. Axio reporter Jonathan Swan tweeted the following early Monday regarding “Pepe Nation” and their mission to make sure to try and drive the narrative away from Trump Jr.’s current Russia troubles:
Source close to White House texts me this AM; “Pepe Nation on high alert. Today’s mission: Operation We Got Don Jr.’s Back.” 🐸🐸🐸
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 10, 2017
Disgraceful, but hardly surprising. These rabid Trump trolls who actually sit in their parents’ basements doing this are just as disgusting as Trump and his goons, but surely someone in Congress, now that this is public, will tell Trump how inappropriate this “Pepe Nation” nonsense is?
Oh, who am I kidding? The GOP Congress is just as racist as Trump and his trolls. They are just more discreet about it.
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