Inexplicable (Duke Bashar al Putin)

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Friday, 22 July 2016, after registering to run for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

So … right. Nobody knows quite what to think. Willa Frej tries to explain for HuffPo―

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was busy on Twitter this weekend, showing his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad in a string of tweets after weighing in favorably on Iowa Rep. Steve King’s latest xenophobic remarks.

―but as ledes go, it seems significant that anyone should have cause to attempt such a sentence.

To the other, this really is some spectacular twittery:

[1] President Assad solves problems – DEATH TO ISIS & ALL THEIR SUPPORTERS! Does (((AMERICA))) have a problem with that? #TrumpRussia

[2] (((VERY FAKE NEWS))) – Assad is a modern day hero standing up to demonic forces seeking to destroy his people and nation – GOD BLESS ASSAD!

[3] Syria is a beautiful nation, with a rich history & amazing leader. President Assad should be our close ally (there’s no question about that)

[4] This is what true love, loyalty looks like – The real -> #TheResistance…

As Frej explains, “It’s unclear why Duke tweeted any of this”. Meanwhile, if you’re really curious about the thing with parentheses, it’s just Jew-baiting. Yes, really.

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Image note: Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke talks to the media at the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Friday, 22 July 2016, after registering to run for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Duke, David. “President Assad solves problems”. Twitter. 12 March 2017.

—————. “Syria is a beautiful nation”. Twitter. 12 March 2017.

—————. “This is what true love”. Twitter. 12 March 2017.

—————. “VERY FAKE NEWS”. Twitter. 12 March 2017.

Frej, Willa. “David Duke Heaps Praise On Syrian Dictator In Bizarre Series Of Tweets”. The Huffington Post. 13 March 2017.

Singal, Jesse. “Understanding the Alt-Right’s Jew Parentheses”. Select/All. 2 June 2016.

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