Arizona 12 News retweeted a tweet written by one of its producers yesterday attributing the slogan “America First,” popularized by President Donald Trump and his nationalist platform, to Nazi sympathizers and antisemites.
The tweet was posted by Hunter Bassler, producer and digital reporter for the local NBC-affiliate outlet.
“The Republican Party of Arizona again shares the ‘America First’ slogan, which was first popularized by antisemitic and Nazi sympathizer Americans in the 1930s,” Bassler tweeted Saturday morning.
After the Arizona Republican Party responded to his comments, Bassler took the tweet down with a half-apology.
“I made an intemperate tweet earlier and I was wrong to do it,” he tweeted early Sunday morning. “This is not the time or place in history to say things that inflame passions. I have deleted the offending tweets.”
The more concerning aspect, however, is that 12 News retweeted his inflammatory tweet.
There has been no post made by the news organization commenting on their decision to share the producer’s remarks.
Apparently to some in the Arizona news business, desiring higher wages, secure borders, better roads, safer neighborhoods, fairer trade deals, and less war means one sympathizes with Nazis. Sounds like they need a history class.
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Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”
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