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  • How The Trump Campaign Has Enabled The White Nationalists Planning To Suppress The Black Vote

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    White nationalists are claiming that they plan to suppress black voters on Election Day in an attempt to elect Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Trump campaign has enabled the two main groups involved in the voter suppression effort by previously retweeting them and justifying an anti-Semitic campaign against a reporter. 

  • Trump Senior Adviser Promotes Trump Endorsement From Leading Anti-Semitic Hate Site

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    A.J. Delgado, a senior adviser to Republican nominee Donald Trump, retweeted a Trump endorsement from an anti-Semitic website that started an online campaign harassing Jewish people.

    Members of the “alt-right” and white nationalist movement have been heavily supporting Trump’s campaign, and the candidate and his team have been courting members of the movement, including by appearing in white nationalist media, refusing to denounce them, and retweeting their messages.

    On October 11, Delgado retweeted the anti-Semitic website The Right Stuff, which wrote: “At this point anyone not insane enough to want a war with Russia should vote Trump.”

    The tweet prior to the message that Delgado retweeted was an anti-Semitic attack on Republican strategist Dan Senor. The site’s Twitter account header image is of Confederate soldiers.

    As Media Matters noted, The Right Stuff is a white nationalist blog that frequently leads anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish people.

    The Right Stuff started the virulently anti-Semitic “parenthesis meme” in which Jewish names are surrounded by parentheses -- “(((name)))” -- often to target them for online abuse on social media. The Anti-Defamation League has added the symbol to its online database of hate symbols, with CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stating: “The echo symbol is the online equivalent of tagging a building with anti-Semitic graffiti or taunting someone verbally.”

    According to The Right Stuff’s editors, they started the parenthesis meme because “all Jewish surnames echo throughout history.” They add: “The inner parenthesis represent the Jews' subversion of the home [and] destruction of the family through mass-media degeneracy. The next [parenthesis] represents the destruction of the nation through mass immigration, and the outer [parenthesis] represents international Jewry and world Zionism."

    The site’s leader, Mike Enoch, told The Guardian that the site believes in racial separation:

    Other adherents emphasise their desire for racial separatism. Mike Enoch, from the site the Right Stuff, a major hub for the dissemination of alt-right materials, says: “The core principle, in my view, is ethno-nationalism, meaning that nations should be as ethnically and racially homogeneous as possible.”

    Enoch wrote in a Reddit AMA on the “Alt Right” subreddit that “if there had been a more stingent [sic] restriction on Jews entering academia and the media and lobbying politically many problems would not have arisen. The country was basically given over to Jews after 1965 and they had lots of power even before that.”

    He added: “I think the idea that race is the foundation of a nation is the key. And yeah, I stand by that statement. I don't care if a country has a social healthcare policy or something like that as long as it is white.”

  • Trump Campaign Runs With Alex Jones Conspiracy Theory About Clinton "Earpiece" During NBC Forum

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is running with the Alex Jones-fueled conspiracy that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was fed answers through a secret earpiece while participating in NBC’s September 7 “Commander-in-Chief Forum.”

    Infowars.com is run by Jones, a conspiracy theorist who believes the government was behind the 9/11 attacks and other national tragedies. Jones recently said he’s been advising Trump. Infowars posted a September 8 story headlined, “WAS HILLARY WEARING AN EARPIECE DURING LAST NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL FORUM?”

    The piece, authored by Infowars writer Paul Joseph Watson, began: “Was Hillary Clinton wearing an earpiece during last night’s presidential forum? That’s the latest question swirling around the Internet after pictures appeared to show Hillary with some kind of flesh-colored device embedded inside her ear.” Watson added,  “Conservative actor James Woods drew attention the issue with the simple question, ‘Earpiece?’ and a close up image of Hillary from last night’s forum. ... 'She can’t even #lie without help from a gaggle of other #liars through an earpiece,' tweeted Woods.”

    The Drudge Report, which has repeatedly mainstreamed absurd conspiracy theories about Clinton during the election, made the Infowars piece its top story with the headline, “HILLARY AND THE EAR PEARL.”

    CNN reporter Brian Stelter tweeted in response to Drudge: “For the record, and I can't believe I even have to say this, NBC would not have permitted a ‘#HillaryEarPiece.’” A Clinton spokesperson stated: "There was no earpiece."

    Alex Jones retweeted Watson’s article and the Drudge Report’s promotion of the piece.

    Writer Joe Hoft at Gateway Pundit -- which is frequently linked to by Donald Trump -- headlined a blog post, “She Cheated! Crooked Hillary Wore Ear Piece During Last Night’s Veteran’s Forum.” (The post includes Joe Hoft falling for a fake Donald Trump account in claiming that “Donald Trump tweeted after the event” about the earpiece.)

    Sean Hannity’s website ran a piece citing Gateway Pundit and headlined, “PHOTOS: Was Hillary Wearing An Earpiece At Last Night's Forum?” The piece, bylined “Hannity.com Staff,” stated: “Whether the device is Clinton's own communication device, something provided by NBC, or a hearing aid is unclear. It's also unknown as to whether such a device--if it is Clinton's own--would be a violation of the rules of yesterday's Commander-In-Chief forum.” (h/t Judd Legum.)

    FoxNews.com posted a piece about the “earpiece,” writing that the “website True Pundit quoted unnamed New York police sources saying Clinton was wearing an ‘inductive earpiece’ during the NBC forum hosted by Matt Lauer. The website described the unit as the kind of tech used by stage actors in need of prompting to recite forgotten lines. Two senior campaign aides, though, told Fox News the report is absolutely not true.” The FoxNews.com piece was criticized by journalists on Twitter. 

    The Trump campaign has also been pushing the conspiracy theory. Donald Trump Jr., who regularly promotes Alex Jones, tweeted: “Was Hillary Wearing an Earpiece During Last Night’s Presidential Forum? … via @realalexjones.”

    Conservative commentator and Trump senior adviser A.J. Delgado tweeted early this morning and then later deleted: “It appears you were wearing an earpiece to feed you what to say during the forum, @HillaryClinton?? When will you stop cheating the public?” 

    Delgado's Twitter account includes retweets promoting the earpiece claim from Trump Jr., Woods, and Infowars reporter Joe Biggs

    Trump previously appeared on Jones’ conspiracy program and claimed the 9/11 truther has an “amazing” reputation. Trump adviser Roger Stone is also one of Jones’ most frequent guests. Trump campaign adviser Stephen Miller gave an interview to an Infowars reporter and praised Jones for being "on top" of the immigration issue. Jones, in turn, has been one of Trump’s biggest boosters and has claimed credit for influencing his campaign. Trump has repeatedly echoed Jones’ conspiracy theories during the campaign.

    *This piece has been updated with additional content.

  • Right-Wing Media's Worst Attempts to Downplay Sexual Assault and Diminish Survivors

    ››› ››› DAYANITA RAMESH

    For Sexual Assault Awareness month, Media Matters looks back at right-wing media's history of downplaying, and questioning the legitimacy of, sexual assault. Right-wing media figures have called reporting statutory rape “whiny,” claimed sexual assault victims have a "coveted status," said the sexual assault epidemic is "not happening," blamed feminism for encouraging sexual assault, and said attempts to curb sexual assault constitute "a war happening on boys."

  • INFOGRAPHIC: The Conservative Civil War Over Donald Trump

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Conservative pundits are bickering over Donald Trump's campaign, especially after National Review's "Against Trump" issue and the backlash it engendered. On one side are pundits who want to stop Trump's candidacy in its tracks. On the other are conservatives who are lauding Trump's candidacy, even if they have not officially endorsed him. Media Matters breaks down exactly who is on which side (click for the full-sized image):

    Civil War over Donald Trump

    Graphic by Sarah Wasko, Research by Eric Hananoki
     
  • Chris Hayes Explains What Conservative Guest Gets Wrong About Hispanic Support For Immigration Reform

    MSNBC's Chris Hayes Debunked The Myth That Latinos Do Not Support Immigration Reform That Was Pushed By Conservative Columnist A.J. Delgado

    Blog ››› ››› CRISTINA LóPEZ G.

    On the November 3 edition of MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes, host Chris Hayes accurately pushed back on conservative columnist A.J. Delgado's faulty depiction of the Hispanic voting bloc. Delgado said that "two out of three Latinos want less immigration" to base her assertion that it is a "big myth" that Latinos stand "in favor of immigration reform."

    Hayes promptly corrected Delgado's misleading argument by noting that comprehensive immigration reform is widely supported among Latinos, accurately stating that "wanting less immigration is a very different thing than actually supporting" immigration reform (emphasis added):

    CHRIS HAYES: Well, this is the thing, right? Obviously, Latino voters are not single-issue voters, on immigration. In fact, there's long been the idea that "if we can get over the immigration issue then we can win them," on the GOP side. On the flip-side of that, A.J., is that there are a lot of single-issue immigration voters in the Republican primary. That is something that I think a lot of folks continue to not get their head around. Like these people who care about immigration first who want the wall, who like Donald Trump on this, they're serious. They're going to vote on this issue.

    A.J. DELGADO: And many of them are Latinos. Like me. That's the big myth is people assume if you're Latino, you're in favor of immigration reform, you're against the border and you're against border security. It's not true. A Gallup poll showed just a couple of months ago that two out of three Latinos want less immigration. You also see in Florida, Trump is beating by more than twice the support both Rubio and Jeb -- who are both pro-immigration reform -- with Latino voters. So the myth has been completely debunked, that Latinos that are here are somehow all pro-immigration reform and that that's their top issue. It's simply not true. We're like every other American, it's not our top issue, jobs, the economy, education, health care are.

    HAYES: Just a quick empirical interjection here. The polling on comprehensive immigration reform does show wide margins of Latino supporting reliably.

    DELGADO: Among Republicans thought?

    HAYES: No, no, Latinos generally as a voting bloc, Latinos in this country, widely support in poll after poll after poll a pathway to citizenship. That is a polling fact about Latino voters in the country. That said, millions of people--

    DELGADO: I dispute that though, two out of three in the Gallup poll, and this wasn't just Republicans, want less immigration.

    HAYES: But that's a very different thing. Wanting less immigration is a very different thing than actually supporting comprehensive reform.

    As Hayes correctly points out, polling consistently indicates that a majority of Hispanics support immigration reform. A 2014 Pew poll showed 66 percent of Latino registered voters consider it's either extremely or very important that "significant immigration reform" is passed. Moreover, an August 12 poll from Gallup revealed 77 percent of Hispanics are in favor of a pathway to citizenship. A similar sentiment is echoed by the general population: an October 8 survey by Pew demonstrates that 74 percent of the U.S. population supports a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally.

    Delgado is apparently misinterpreting an August 10 Gallup poll to claim that "two out of three Latinos want less immigration." The poll actually found that most Hispanics believe U.S. immigration should be increased or should remain at current levels, and only one out of three thought is should be decreased as Delgado claims. As explained by Gallup, "about a third say immigration should be kept at present levels, roughly another third voice a desire to see immigration levels increased and still another approximate third say immigration levels should be decreased."