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Senate GOP Twitter account found to be following virulently antisemitic user

After inquiry by reporter, Senate GOP immediately unfollows now-dormant user who linked to postings on antisemitic and racist websites; says will review matter

Illustrative photo of Twitter on a smart phone. (Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images/JTA))
Illustrative photo of Twitter on a smart phone. (Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images/JTA))

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The official Twitter account of the Republican Senate conference stopped following a virulently antisemitic Twitter account after getting a question from a reporter about the account.

A reader alerted the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that @SenateGOP, the account of the Republican conference in the Senate, followed @jewishquestion.

Between 2010 and 2016, when it became dormant, the @jewishquestion account linked to postings on pro-Palestinian and antisemitic and racist websites.

The most recent tweet from November 1 2016 reads, “Obnoxious Jews Cause Decline in Bud Light Sales.”

The Senate Republican Conference unfollowed the account on Wednesday as soon as JTA made a query. An apologetic staffer for the conference said no one knew who made the decision to follow the account, and why. The @SenateGOP account currently follows about 23,500 accounts.

“That’s not the kind of account we would follow,” said the staffer. “It may be we need to take another look at who we follow.”

The conference is currently chaired by John Barrasso of Wyoming, who brought his own staff to the office when he assumed the role in 2018. In 2010, around the time that Senate Republican account appeared to follow @jewishquestion, former Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was the chairman. JTA has asked Alexander who ran digital operations for the office at that time.

It would have been clear even from the abbreviated headlines on the Twitter feed, when the social media site was limited to 120 characters, that @jewishquestion was an antisemitic and racist feed.

“Globalist Jewry has America by THE BALLS!: American politics has become a lot like going to a Chinese restaurant,” one tweet said in 2011.

“Freaky Negro Burns Woman Alive in Elevator: Good thing the perp wasn’t some White guy and the woman an old Jewess,” said another the same year.

The account’s biography page includes a link to a defunct website, The Jewish Question. The site, apparently British-based, posted antisemitic screeds, including one in 2010 reading, “CHRISTIANS TAUGHT HOW NAZI-JEWS WORK IN AMERICA TO KILL OFF WHITES.”

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