Despite no evidence that the assailants in the livestreamed Chicago torture and kidnapping were affiliated with or supporters of the Black Lives Matter protest movement, #BLMKidnapping began trending on Twitter Thursday.
In the video, the assailants can be heard shouting “F*** white people” and “F*** Donald Trump,” but not any slogans affiliated with Black Lives Matter. Still, the hashtag began trending after apparently being kickstarted by alt-right figure Mike Cernovich.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) January 5, 2017
Others on the right and alt-right soon followed, racking up thousands of retweets.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 5, 2017
#BLMKidnapping was an opportunity for the left’s redemption. Reporters just needed to tell the truth. Instead, they sealed their casket.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) January 5, 2017
The silence from the usual progressive race-baiting outlets over #BLMkidnapping is deafening.
— Sargon of Akkad (@Sargon_of_Akkad) January 5, 2017
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) January 5, 2017
Remember the #blmkidnapping every time some journalist lies about my white advocacy organization and calls it a hate group.
— Richard Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) January 5, 2017
I don’t know what’s more disgusting, the video itself or the silence from the social justice warrior leftist media #BLMKidnapping
— Deplorable Melissa (@sweetatertot2) January 5, 2017
Who in the name of hell raised the #BLMkidnapping goons?
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) January 5, 2017
Some like Glenn Beck also blamed the movement without using the hashtag. Others hijacked the hashtag to challenge its premise.
All of the white people in the #BLMKidnapping tag aren’t nearly as concerned about the white boy as they are with demonizing black people.
— busan babe™ (@melaninbarbie) January 5, 2017
Was it a hate crime? YES
Are they gonna pay for what they did? YES
Is it because of BLM? NO #BLMKidnapping
— Imjustinwilson (@Imjustinwilson) January 5, 2017
I’ll reply to the white supremacist #BLMKidnapping hashtag later this morning. I will also address the assault in Chicago.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 5, 2017
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