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On Twitter, Flynn Follows Racists, Conspiracists, And Islamophobes

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On Twitter, Flynn Follows Racists, Conspiracists, And Islamophobes

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Reprinted with permission from LobeLog. 

National Security Adviser-designate Michael T. Flynn has come under increasing fire. The retired general’s personal Twitter account and his son’s promotion of Twitter-based conspiracy theories about the Washington, D.C. pizzeria Comet Ping Pong are prompting renewed scrutiny of President-elect Trump’s pick for the top national security position in the White House.

A LobeLog review reveals that the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency follows Twitter accounts with profiles promoting white supremacy, anti-Muslim conspiracies, unsubstantiated claims about President Obama’s birthplace, and conspiracies about Comet, a fake news story. The latter ultimately led to the dismissal of Flynn’s son from the Trump transition team due to his promotion of unsubstantiated claims that the Washington pizzeria was the site of a child sex slave ring.

Retired General Barry McCaffrey spoke out on Thursday, drawing close to rescinding his support of Flynn’s expected appointment as national security adviser, saying that Flynn’s activities on Twitter “border on being demented” and “deserve further scrutiny.”

Flynn has spoken openly about his high regard for the news he gets from Twitter and his preference for social media-based news sources over the mainstream media. At a Young America’s Foundation event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on November 14, Flynn said [emphasis added]:

Now the media isn’t reporting this but this is being reported on social media, so I’m gonna spend a little bit of time talking about social media because there’s so much power in social media for your generation. For your generation. So it’s being reported now and it’s flying around on social media that [Trump] also won the popular vote in a big way. Probably somewhere close to, we’re looking at 70 maybe to 90 thousand overall. But it could even go higher.

Watch him:

As of the latest count, Clinton leads Trump by nearly 2.7 million votes.

But Flynn’s choice of what he follows on Twitter reveals raises serious questions about where the next national security adviser gets news about current events.

Flynn follows 2,212 other Twitter accounts, people whose Tweets presumably show up on his Twitter feed when he wants to catch up on social media-based news and analysis.

A search of the profiles of the accounts followed by Flynn reveals:

  • Over a dozen accounts with profiles containing anti-Muslim statements or urging a ban on the Islamic religion.
  • Five accounts with profiles containing anti-Sharia statements.
  • Four accounts with profiles containing “#PizzaGate.”
  • Four accounts with profiles referencing Counter-Jihad.
  • Three accounts with profiles containing “rapefugees.”
  • Two accounts with profiles containing “#WhiteGenocide.”

Flynn also follows an account with a profile containing language suspiciously close to that used by white supremacists.

@Not2White’s profile reads:

Far Right, white vet and proud of it. I refuse to apologize for being white. Veteran. BLM is a racist terrorist group! #AllLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter

And another account, @jackiejankwh, whose profile reads:

Barack Obama is an Islamic Terrorist. He was not born in America. He will kill many Americans in Sacramento, CA in 2017. BE VIGILANT/AWARE IN SACRAMENTO! ARM UP

Flynn follows Pamela Geller, a prominent anti-Muslim activist and conspiracy theorist who tried to block the construction of an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan and claimed that Obama is working to “appease his Islamic overlords.” The Anti-Defamation League denounced her in a 2013 report.

“Geller routinely attacks organizations that oppose her agenda and views, often employing inappropriate Holocaust terminology and imagery to deride mainstream Jewish civil rights organizations,” ADL said. “Geller, who is herself Jewish, frequently uses the terms ‘Nazi,’ ‘Jewicidal’ and ‘neo-kapo’ to demonize these organizations.”

Flynn also follows notorious anti-Muslim advocate Frank Gaffney, whose research Donald Trump cited to justify a proposal to ban immigration from Muslim countries. In 2008, Gaffney questioned whether Obama “is a natural born citizen of the United States, a prerequisite pursuant to the U.S. constitution,” asserting that “there is evidence Mr. Obama was born in Kenya rather than, as he claims, Hawaii.”

He also repeatedly promoted the theory that Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, was a Muslim Brotherhood operative, and, in a 2010 column for Breitbart.com, claimed that the Missile Defense Agency logo “appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent star with the Obama campaign logo.” He attributed the new logo to a “worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam.”

The Missile Defense Agency logo was, in fact not new, having been developed prior to Obama’s election to the presidency.

Eli Clifton reports on money in politics and US foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent News Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.

IMAGE: Retired General Michael Flynn speaking at Young America’s Foundation conference at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 2016.

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24 Comments

  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 12, 2016

    Quite a despicable profile list. The illegitimate “President-Elect” knows how to pick some beauties for an illegitimate Cabinet. Hopefully, the probe will lead not only to a dismissal of Flynn, but will render null and void Trump and his zootopia Cabinet picks.

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    1. dpaano December 13, 2016

      I read in the paper this morning that the Congress is going to come down hard on most of Trump’s nominees when they go before the confirmation committees, and the fact that many of them are not politicians, they have NO idea how to deal with a confirmation hearing. Also, they are going to be vetting these individuals, especially the civilian ones, very hard, and they’re going to dig up as much dirt as they can find to use against them! This should be interesting to watch!!! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that many of his idiotic nominees are not approved by Congress and watch him go ballistic! As I said MANY times before the election, he thinks that his election makes him GOD, and he thought that he could run the country like he ran his corporation as a CEO. Unfortunately, the president is NOT a CEO and can’t just willy nilly do whatever he wants to do without someone calling him out on it. That’s the part that’s going to send him over the line! If we’re lucky, he’ll end up having a psychological breakdown and end up being taken out of the White House in a strait jacket!!!

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      1. RED December 13, 2016

        Are you referring to the Congress where Mitch McConnell is the majority leader, who’s wife is a part of the Trump administration, who has repeatedly damaged our government and our citizens for his own personal gain? That Congress, is that the one we are hoping holds these scumbags accountable??

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        1. dpaano December 13, 2016

          Yes, I am. That’s what the article said…..they have to go before a confirmation committee for a hearing. This committee is going to get VERY serious in the pre-confirmation “vetting” and dig up anything they can come up with. Since most of these individuals have never been before a confirmation hearing, they are going to be in for a rude surprise….it won’t be as easy as they may think it’s going to be. Also, we only need 3 Republicans to vote with the Democrats to get anything done in Congress…..that doesn’t seem like many and there ARE a couple who are planning on retiring in 2018 and don’t give a damn what Trump can do to them if they go against him. We’ll see, won’t we. Should be interesting!

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  2. bojimbo26 December 13, 2016

    Well , at least Donny will have one follower on Twitter .

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  3. adler56 December 13, 2016

    McCaffery calls Flynn deranged but still supports him? Have we ever had so many wackos near the top of our government before?

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    1. RED December 13, 2016

      Yeah, our modern government has always been filled with corrupt thieves but this is a whole new level. At least before the corrupt thieves were rational actors, we understood their motives and goals. But these frightening whackadoodles believe in all kinds of crazy stuff, Flynn wants a war with Iran because he believes in an epic conflict between christianity and islam (both of which are made up fairy tales. I mean seriously millions die because of crazed sky fairy worshipers and which imaginary sky fairy is better), Carson believes some whacked out crap too like in armagedon and the end time prophecy stupidity, a guy who went to medical school and still clings to fairy tales and garbage, & Trump himself who first believes only in enriching himself but also asks why can’t we use nuclear weapons, what do we have them for if we can’t use them?

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  4. Mama Bear December 13, 2016

    did anyone expect anything different?

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  5. idamag December 13, 2016

    I cannot understand why people, who have been hurt by these neo-Nazi jackals, cannot sue the heck out of them. The editor of my local paper says “fake news” is not news at all. I see it as vicious and dangerous to Democracy. If you don’t feel you can do anything about it, do as I do. I am speaking out in letters to the newspaper and anyone who will listen.

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    1. dpaano December 13, 2016

      Even some of these “tweets” that are going around are “false news,” and it’s sad to see how many of our politicians read them and believe them! They should NOT be allowed to have Tweet accounts if they are in the political arena! Typical “twats with tweeters!”

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  6. Eleanore Whitaker December 13, 2016

    Look, back in the 70s, we in the NY/NJ Metro region all saw how desperate Trump was to be part of the “In” crowd. He would take his arm candy and his beefy thugs to Studio 54, the hangout of Peter Max, Bianca Jagger, Truman Capote, Jackie Onassis and others. He was not exactly a good “fit.” From that point on Trump realized he was considered “NOCD” (Not our class dahling). Is it any wonder he now thinks he has his own NOCD groupies and “YES” men at his disposal?

    If there is a country left when he is through, it would be only because he hasn’t managed to infuriate Putin.

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    1. dpaano December 13, 2016

      MIght not be a country left if he keeps pissing off China!!!

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  7. Andor Trayven December 13, 2016

    It is the most corrupt, incompetent and ideologically-blinkered gang of thugs to ever disgrace the government. Buffoons like Perry and Carson, bigots like Flynn and Bannon, and billionaires like Vos and Tillotson, all of them completely inexperienced, ignorant and unfit. This shameful episode will go down in history as a dark stain on America, eclipsing even the epic corruption of the Reagan administration, when more appointees were convicted of crimes or forced from office than ever before in history.

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    1. RED December 13, 2016

      If we survive. As an earlier article pointed out, we always say we survive this or that, we survived Reagan or whatever but we forget that a great many did not survive Reagan & his policies.

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      1. dpaano December 13, 2016

        And some are still suffering from Reagan and his policies! Kansas and Louisiana swore by his trickle down economic theory, and both states are on the verge of bankruptcy and are being run like third world countries! Of course, they both have (or had) Republican governors!

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  8. dpaano December 13, 2016

    The most we can hope for is that this idiot NEVER gets through the vetting procedure and the confirmation hearings!!

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    1. Andor Trayven December 13, 2016

      National Security Adviser is not a post subject to confirmation hearings, unfortunately.

      Reply
  9. johninPCFL December 13, 2016

    The only other time in US history that a party so fearful of immigrants existed was in the mid-1800s. You may recall that they halted construction on the Washington Monument by taking over running the Monument Committee and exhausting its funds.
    Now, for homework, go find their group’s name. It applies equally well today.

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  10. Wrily December 13, 2016

    The idiocracy has arrived.

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  11. Kevin Leclerc December 13, 2016

    <3 <3 Amen <3 <3 !!! !

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  12. itsfun December 13, 2016

    Don’t people in charge of intelligence always follow groups so they will know what is going on with them? How are they going to know of possible riots, terrorist attacks, etc by not following various groups?

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    1. Jinmichigan December 13, 2016

      Yeah, that’s it. When did Flynn become in charge of intelligence?

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      1. itsfun December 13, 2016

        He is going to be the National Security Advisor. That is intelligence. The US has a lot of agencies involved in intelligence. I heard 17 in all on the news this morning.

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    2. I Am Helpy December 13, 2016

      Riiiiiiiight. The best way this guy – who is not “in charge of intelligence” – has of monitoring the neo-Nazis he agrees with is to openly follow them on Twitter.

      You are a moron.

      Reply

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