The department in charge of our nuclear arsenal just tweeted a Breitbart article. Twitter’s response is EPIC.

The U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) — which oversees America’s nuclear arsenal — just linked to a Breitbart article on its official Twitter account.

Breitbart News, which once had a vertical on its site called “Black Crime,” has been referred to by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill” when White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was the site’s publisher. Breitbart also had its request for permanent Senate gallery press credentials recently rejected for not having enough editorial independence from the Trump regime to be considered a credible news outlet.

In the past, Bannon’s site has run articles referring to conservative commentator Bill Kristol as a “renegade Jew,” celebrating the Confederate flag not long after white supremacist Dylann Roof massacred 9 black churchgoers at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, calling Planned Parenthood’s abortion services “half a Holocaust,” and declaring that “fat shaming works” in regard to harassing overweight women into losing weight.

None of this stopped Stratcom from tweeting a Breitbart article calling the nuclear triad (America’s land-based, air-based, and naval-based nuclear weapons strategy) obsolete. Twitter rightly pointed out how ludicrous it was that the agency in charge of nuclear weapons was getting its information from a white nationalist propaganda blog. Some of the most pissed off Twitter users were veterans:

Twitter user @Kris_Sacrebleu tweeted screenshots of some of the more outrageous Breitbart headlines, including one baselessly declaring that transgender men and women are 49 times more likely to contract HIV, calling former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-Arizona) a “human shield” for the gun reform movement, and that the solution for women experiencing online harassment is to “log off.” She also pointed out that Russian government-sponsored news site RT posted a story very similar to Breitbart’s. Others also expressed their displeasure with an agency of the U.S. Armed Forces linking to a site that encourages and promotes hate speech.

While Kristina Wong — the reporter who wrote the story — pointed out that she was simply reporting from a press release issued by the U.S. government, people reminded her that given Breitbart’s past history of promoting hate speech, the link was inappropriate.

 

Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.