White farmers: how a far-right idea was planted in Donald Trump's mind - 2018-08-24

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F345.png White farmers: how a far-right idea was planted in Donald Trump's mind August 24, 2018, Jason Wilson, The Guardian

On Wednesday night, the Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson once again talked about the alleged plight of white South African farmers on his Fox News program.

On Twitter, Donald Trump indicated that he had been watching. The president's tweet called for further study, but treated the "large scale killing of farmers" as a settled fact, when reporting indicates that against the background of a generally high murder rate in South Africa, there is no evidence of white farmers being specifically targeted.

But Trump's tweet came at the end of a long process whereby the far-right idea of "white genocide" in South Africa had been mainstreamed, working its way from far-right websites and forums, into the rightward edge of mainstream media, and then into policy proposals. News Corp outlets have played an outsized role in that process.

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{{cite news | author = Jason Wilson | title = White farmers: how a far-right idea was planted in Donald Trump's mind | url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/23/white-farmers-trump-south-africa-tucker-carlson-far-right-influence | work = The Guardian | date = August 24, 2018 | accessdate = August 24, 2018 }}