Another day, another anti-Semitism scandal in Trumpland.
This time it's retired three star general and former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn. On Sunday, less than one week after giving a rousing speech in favor of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, Flynn not only retweeted an anti-Semitic message, but added his own approving commentary to boot.
Here's a screenshot of the original tweet:
And here's one of General Flynn's enthusiastic endorsement.
The tweet is in reference to the newly leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee, some of which appear to show members of the DNC actively working to undermine the primary campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The emails, released by Wikileaks several weeks after reports that the DNC's computers had been hacked, are a decidedly unsavory look into the inner-workings of a major political party, a black eye for the Democrats on the eve of their national convention.
On Sunday morning, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, speculated that there may be something even more insidious happening here. Speaking with CNN's "State of the Union," Mook explained, "experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually of helping Donald Trump."
In other words, Mook is alleging that Russian pro-Trump forces released the emails in an effort to disrupt the Democrats. It's a particularly chilling scenario, given the recent uptick in stories speculating on the Republican nominee's relationship with Russia, and that country's national interest in a Trump presidency.
Still, global conspiracy theories aside, Flynn's seemingly enthusiastic endorsement of a tweet with an overtly anti-Semitic message is not only troubling in and of itself, but falls within the larger—and at this point well established—narrative of the Trump campaign's boosting of messages coming from white nationalist and neo-Nazi sources. What, in and of itself, could have plausibly been written off as an unfortunate mistake on the part of Gen. Flynn, instead joins the growing septic tank of "accidental" retweets, lifted graphics, and skewed data on the part of Team Trump and its surrogates.
Shortly after retweeting the message, Flynn offered an apology for what he called a "mistake."
He did not, however, denounce the anti-Semitic content of the tweet he quoted, nor explain how he found the message, or the source account, in the first place.