The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday they found President Trump’s tweet about the large scale killing of white farmers in South Africa and the government’s move to seize their land “deeply troubling.”
“Deeply troubling,” the ADL tweeted. “This is a white supremacist talking point. For years they’ve campaigned to stop ‘white genocide’ in South Africa & made false claims about race-based killings of white South African farmers.”
Deeply troubling. This is a white supremacist talking point. For years they’ve campaigned to stop “white genocide” in South Africa & made false claims about race-based killings of white South African farmers. Our full statement: https://t.co/8FzJSDGQWm https://t.co/QiwOKrg4u6
— ADL (@ADL) August 23, 2018
Their tweet was also shared by CNN’s Jake Tapper.
In a statement posted to their website, the ADL said they found Trump’s tweet “extremely disturbing” and said they were “extremely troubled” by it.
“It is extremely disturbing that the President of the United States echoed a longstanding and false white supremacist claim that South Africa’s white farmers are targets of large-scale, racially-motivated killings by South Africa’s black majority,” the ADL’s statement said.
Though they don’t find the killing of white farmers in South Africa much of a concern, on Wednesday they said the story of a girl being “expelled” over hair extensions was “incredibly troubling.”
A young black girl in Louisiana got expelled over hair extensions. This is incredibly troubling, & along w/ @NatUrbanLeague, we’re calling on the school to revise this racially insensitive & biased policy immediately & apologize to the student & her family https://t.co/LfTS1QlatW
— ADL (@ADL) August 22, 2018
The story was later admitted to be false.