President Trump’s campaign is in red hot reelection mode and it has the social media posts to prove it. Over the last year it has been slamming Facebook every single day with ads featuring Trump’s signature blend of hateful rhetoric and scare tactics. He has relied on fear mongering particularly when talking about immigration and one word has distinctly shown up time and again- that word is “invasion” and the tone of this Trump campaign is hauntingly similar to that of the alarming manifesto that authorities say was penned by the El Paso suspected shooter.
According to the media watchdog group Media Matters, round 2,200 Facebook posts using that type of language have appeared since May 2018 and can easily be confirmed through Facebook’s Ad Library Archive.
According to Facebook’s ad archive, Trump has run around 2,200 FB ads since May 2018 mentioning the word “invasion.” Scrolling through, all of them seem to be about immigration. pic.twitter.com/0Q5TEewfL3— Natalie Martinez (@natijomartinez) August 4, 2019
Back in February, his campaign posted an ad aimed at older people and said, “We have an INVASION! So we are BUILDING THE WALL to STOP IT. Dems will sue us. But we want a SAFE COUNTRY! It’s CRITICAL that we STOP THE INVASION… I cannot allow America’s safety and security to be put at risk any longer.” Whoa.
Obviously this type of language and even the word “invasion” isn’t just limited to Facebook. Trump has used it repeatedly in social media posts and during public appearances to describe immigrants. Last year, for example, he stated during a rally that a caravan of immigrants were a threat to America, firing up the crowd, saying, “You look at what is marching up, that is an invasion!”
The suspected El Paso shooter is said to have left behind a hateful, anti-immigrant manifesto that echoes the themes of the president’s own rhetoric. The shooter said there was a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and said he was “simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” An INVASION. Get that?
Facebook replied to inquiries about the president’s use of the word “invasion” and according to their community standards they
Business Insider has reached out to Facebook for comment about the president’s use of the term “invasion” in political ads. According to the company’s community standards they “aim to prevent potential offline harm that may be related to content on Facebook” and said “we remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety.”
In remarks addressing the recent mass shootings, President Trump tasked social media companies with a pretty serious chore- to “detect mass shooters before they strike.” Facebook has shown some attempts in the last few years to target content that promotes violence but it still seems to be a hotbed of hateful rhetoric and a particularly accommodating platform for white supremacy advocates.
Democratic congresswoman and one of Trump’s favorite Twitter targets, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, retweeted the Media Matters post, saying, “Using the words ‘invasion,’ ‘infestation,’ w respect to a specific, targeted group of people, implying they are vermin: this is the language of white supremacy & it goes all the way to the top… It’s not a matter of political stances. This is stoking hatred+endangering the country.”
This is the language of white supremacy and it goes all the way to the top.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
AOC isn’t the only Democrat calling out the President’s nonsense. Many of the 2020 hopefuls are speaking out as well. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke was fired up- El Paso is his hometown so he is particularly invested and it shows.
O’Rourke said, “You know the s*** he’s been saying… He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals… I mean, connect the dots about what he’s been doing in this country. He’s not tolerating racism, he’s promoting racism. He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence in this country.”