WaPo: If You’re Upset About the Kate Steinle Verdict — You’re a White Nationalist
The Washington Post faced swift backlash on Twitter Sunday evening after tweeting “White nationalists angered by Mexican immigrant’s acquittal in Kate Steinle’s killing.”
While yes, White Nationalists are in fact angry about the slaying and subsequent acquittal, they certainly aren’t alone — and being angry doesn’t mean that you are one.
White nationalists angered by Mexican immigrant’s acquittal in Kate Steinle’s killing https://t.co/LejPAii8t1
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 2, 2017
Angry Twitter users promptly seized upon the tweet to slam the outlet for their poor-taste in framing the issue.
So if you're mad a seven time convicted felon got away with murder you must be a white nationalist. 👌🙄
— Malynda (@MalyndaNyc) December 3, 2017
You guys have been taking too many lessons from the Onion and National Enquirer lately. Bezos should stick to selling merchandise not propaganda and #FakeNews.
— AmericanWoman (@LWilsonDarlene) December 3, 2017
— 🇺🇸 Lisa McMAGA 🍀 #AmericaFirst #NotaRussianBot (@LisaMcGov) December 4, 2017
Everyone should get angered.
And it's an ILLEGAL ALIEN, NOT "immigrant".
— America First Niko ❌ (@spacecadetniko) December 4, 2017
— Joseph B. Cioe, Jr. (@JosephBCioeJr) December 3, 2017
The article linked within the tweet was titled, “Calls for ‘Kate’s Wall’ emerge after Mexican immigrant’s acquittal in Steinle killing.”
The hashtag #KatesWall began being used all across the right shortly after the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.
Tons of people were furious about this. Prominent Democratic politicians were furious about this. Weird angle to take unless you're bent on selling a certain narrative. https://t.co/6bJd7LYTv6
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) December 4, 2017
Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies before killing Steinle.
Despite outrage about the outcome from all over the political spectrum, WaPo writer Kristine Phillips decided to invoke Richard Spencer and White Nationalism to drum up outrage over the justified indignation of Americans.
“Spencer is among many on the far right who were angered by the jury’s decision to acquit Garcia Zarate of not only murder, but also lesser charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon,” Phillips wrote. Her decision to lead her article with the obvious reactions of the alt-right seemed unnecessary and forced.
— Pflameslinger (@pflameslinger) December 4, 2017
Buried within the lengthy article, towards the very end, Phillips eventually addressed the fact that there is anger over the verdict from all over the political spectrum.