In a recent turn of events, former President Donald Trump has found himself embroiled in controversy yet again, this time for showering praise upon the far-right figure, Laura Loomer. Here’s the full story.
Loomer, who once called Islam a “cancer on humanity” and described herself as a “proud Islamophobe” posted a video clip on social media showcasing her interaction with the former president.
The video, captured at the Bedminster location, features Laura Loomer enthusiastically engaging in conversation with Donald Trump.
The Greatest President Ever
“Hey, everybody. We’re here at Bedminster. I’m with the greatest president ever. President Donald Trump, who is killing it right now,” Loomer said.
Trump Is Crushing the Poll
“There’s a new poll out, right? You’re crushing it, you’re up over 50 points. And it’s a beautiful day here. Beautiful climb. It’s my first time here at Bedminster,” she added.
Trump Praised Loomer
Trump replied, “It’s great to have you. And you’ve been really very special. You work hard and you are a very opinionated lady, I have to tell you that and in my opinion, I like that.”
Loomer Appreciated Trump’s Compliments
Then Loomer told the former president that she appreciated his compliments, to which Trump said, “And I appreciate all of your support and what you’ve been doing, and everybody appreciates your support.”
This public display of camaraderie raised eyebrows, given Loomer’s notorious history of inflammatory statements, particularly her overtly Islamophobic remarks that have garnered widespread condemnation.
Critics argue that her extremist views are antithetical to the principles of inclusivity and respect that should define public discourse.
Other Presidents Would Be Canceled
MSNBC broadcaster Mehdi Hasan highlighted the stark contrast between the current situation and past instances where candidates’ controversial statements or associations were met with significant consequences.
This Is Beyond Pale
Mehdi wrote on Twitter, “This would have disqualified George Bush in 2000, John McCain in 2008, and Mitt Romney in 2012 but not Trump in this 2024 race. The GOP is all in on white supremacy, racism, and bigotry. It’s beyond the pale.”
Thanks to Republicans, Candidates Can Say What They Want
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One user wrote, “Thanks to Republicans, candidates can say the very worst things & get huge applause,” while another user added, “Because Trump is a white supremacist and you all need to call him what he is.”
White Nationalism Is Thriving
A third user commented, “White nationalism is thriving as the frontrunners are hanging out with vile people like Laura Loomer.”
This Man Is Depraved
“As I’ve said many times, I question the ethics of anyone who considers this depraved man qualified to serve as president,” another user added.
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