Donald Trump, Jr. Spreads Smear That Missing Saudi Journalist Is A “Jihadist”

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Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a right-wing talking point that Jamal Khashoggi was a "jihadist."

Donald Trump Jr. shared a post on Twitter Friday smearing missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi — who is believed to have been killed in Turkey earlier this month — as a supporter of “jihadists.”

Via Haaretz:

> The president’s eldest son retweeted Patrick Poole, a writer for the far-right website PJ Media who was discussing the issue with Sean Davis, who is the co-founder of The Federalist, a conservative news site.


> On Friday morning, Poole tweeted an image of a 1988 news article with Khashoggi’s byline that identifies the journalist holding a rocket-propelled grenade in a photo with mujahedeen in Afghanistan.


> “He’s just a democrat reformer journalist holding a RPG with jihadists,” Poole tweeted of Khashoggi.

Davis tweeted back: “Huh. It’s almost like reality is quite different than the evidence-free narratives peddled by media with a long history of cooperating with or getting duped by Iran echo chamber architects.”

However, as Haaretz notes, during the time Khashoggi wrote the article, the United States government and Osama bin Laden were working together against the Soviet Union.

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