Donald Trump celebrated last night's resounding victory in the New York GOP primary the way he knows best: by retweeting the congratulatory message of a Hitler-admiring, Muslim-hating, Trump-supporting white supremacist.
Trump has yet to delete the tweet from a Twitter user named Jason Bergkamp (aka @keksec_org). As in times past when the GOP frontrunner has retweeted white supremacists, the offending tweet itself is neutral in content. It praises Trump's policies and shows a photograph of Trump with daughter Ivanka Trump, whom he is not dating:
When you look back at Bergkamp's old tweets, however, you begin to see the problem, and why a politician attempting to moderate his message for a general election might not want to be connected to him.
Bergkamp's previous tweets have celebrated Adolf Hitler, spread the hashtag #WhiteGirlsAreMagic with photos of scantily-clad women, and declared the entire country of Saudi Arabia to be wicked. Bergkamp also tweeted an illustration depicting Trump, as a Nazi, gassing Hillary Clinton in a death chamber. And that's just the past 24 hours.
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This, of course, is far from the first time that Trump has shared the encouraging words of an unsavory supporter. Trump has retweeted an inaccurate, racist graphic about black-on-black shootings in America, from a self-identifying neo-Nazi; he followed that up by retweeting a Twitter user who goes by "WhiteGenocide."
My colleagues at Fusion built a handy bot to track the Twitter bios of everyone Trump retweets; and while the billionaire most often retweets his son (nepotism!), he slips up and shares the words of racists far more often than you might expect.
Unsurprisingly, a recent study found that those retweeted by Trump tend to follow a worrying number of white supremacist Twitter accounts; this latest gaffe won't help those statistics.
Donald Trump surrogate and fellow gaffe factory Ben Carson recently opined that Trump's Twitter usage was becoming a problem and a distraction. The doctor may have been right about that one.