Donald Trump ordered an airstrike on a Syrian air base Friday, much to the chagrin of many of his most ardent supporters. But instead of placing responsibility on Trump for what they see as a “globalist” move, an angry mix of his base are blaming his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.
Anger over Kushner’s assumed role in the Syria strike spread across Twitter Friday night and Saturday morning, creating the hashtag #FireKushner. The tag quickly trended, but not so much because liberals picked it up. Instead, the hashtag has become exceedingly popular among Trump’s “alt-right” supporters.
The term “alt-right” frequently masks the group’s dentity as white nationalists. They support Trump’s “America first” and anti-“political correctness” messaging, and they often have a lot in
Here’s the Associated Press’s definition of the alt-right, for more clarity:
“The ‘alt-right’ or ‘alternative right’ is a name currently embraced by some white supremacists and white nationalists to refer to themselves and their ideology, which emphasizes preserving and protecting the white race in the United States in addition to, or over, other traditional conservative positions such as limited government, low taxes and strict law-and-order.
“The movement has been described as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.”
A lot of the tweets in the #FireKushner hashtag target Trump’s son-in-law for being Jewish. They also accuse him of being a pro-Israel “globalist” and point to him as responsible for Trump’s appointment of former Goldman Sachs employees into positions in the administration.
After reports surfaced of infighting between Kushner and Trump Chief Strategist and former Breitbart News editor-in-chief Steve Bannon, many alt-right supporters also used the hashtag to support Bannon against Trump’s son-in-law.
The tweets also often deploy the alt-right’s favorite sexist derogatory term for weakness, “cuck,” pulled (and twisted) from the word “cuckold.” Reports have Bannon calling Kushner a cuck behind his back.
Here’s a smattering of the Kushner-focused tweets hitting the hashtag. We’re leaving the most derogatory of them for you to find yourself, should you so desire.
Progressives, of course, are having a great time with the hashtag as well, especially because it suggests the Trump base turning on itself. And others just support firing Kushner, Bannon and a host of other Trump advisers.