After criticism of his initial comments on Charlottesville violence, the president retweeted a post on Chicago crime by conservative Jack Posobiec, which linked to a story from an ABC affiliate and read, “Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?”
President Trump yesterday retweeted a post from right-wing provocateur Jack Posobiec, which linked to a story from an ABC affiliate and read, “Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?” Trump’s decision to spotlight Posobiec drew criticism, particularly in light of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, the Washington Post reports. Trump provoked public outrage when he took two days after the white nationalist rally and the death of Heather Heyer to condemn the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis by name.
Posobiec, who describes himself as a “Republican political operative,” pushed back against characterizations of him as “alt-right” and said he has consistently disavowed white nationalists and displays of violence. Posobiec is a former Navy Reserve intelligence officer who has previously served as a leader of a pro-Trump grass-roots organization, and until recently worked for right-wing website The Rebel. Writing to the New York Times, Posobiec described his work as “reality journalism — part investigative, part activist, part commentary.”