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Trump retweeted an 'alt lite' activist who promoted the 'Pizzagate' conspiracy theory


President Trump late Monday re-tweeted an "alt lite" activist who promoted the "Pizzagate" and Seth Rich conspiracy theories.

Trump promoted a Jack Posobiec tweet that linked to an article about violence in Chicago just hours after he condemned the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other white supremacist groups for their roles in last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Posobiec livestreamed his reaction and thanked Trump for the retweet.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) considers Posobiec a member of the "alt-lite," a term it says "was created by the alt right to differentiate itself from right-wing activists who refused to publicly embrace white supremacist ideology."

Sometimes referred to as the "New Right," the alt-lite is a "loosely-connected movement whose adherents generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the alt right in their hatred of feminists and immigrants, among others," according to the ADL.

Posobiec, in his Twitter bio, identifies himself as a member of the New Right, as well as a "Republican political operative."

The article Posobiec tweeted, meanwhile, linked to a report from The Chicago Sun-Times detailing how nine people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded in Chicago between late last Friday and early Monday.

The Chicago Sun-Times also reported that three people were killed and 27 others were wounded during shootings across the city one weekend prior to last weekend.

Posobiec has previously promoted numerous conspiracy theories on Twitter, including the discredited idea that Rich, a former Democratic National Committee (DNC) employee, leaked the organization's emails to WikiLeaks in 2016.

Rich was shot and killed in Washington, D.C., in July 2016, and the unsolved nature of the crime has since provoked multiple conspiracy theories about his death.

Posobiec also spread information about Pizzagate, a theory that falsely claimed members of the Democratic Party were involved in a child sex trafficking ring based out of a D.C. pizza restaurant.

Trump on Monday said "racism is evil" while denouncing the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists for their role in violence that erupted in Charlottesville last weekend.

One person died last Saturday when a car drove into people protesting such groups in Charlottesville, who descended on the Virginia city to demonstrate against the removal of a Confederate statue there.

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