A BuzzFeed reporter claimed that the phrase “victims of communism” is a talking point for white nationalists over Twitter Tuesday night.
Blake Montgomery, BuzzFeed’s tech and protest reporter, ostensibly made the comment in relation to President Donald Trump making Nov.7 the National Day for Victims of Communism.
“‘Victims of Communism’ is a white nationalist talking point. Trump just made Nov 7 Natl Day for Vics of Communism,” Montgomery tweeted. He has since deleted the tweet.
Others within Montgomery’s own company disagreed with him over Twitter, pointing out that many people, other than white nationalists, believe the day should be remembered.
“There are plenty of people who are not white nationalists who think this should be commemorated. Soviet oppression was real,” Miriam Elder, BuzzFeed’s world editor, noted.
There are plenty of people who are not white nationalists who think this should be commemorated. Soviet oppression was real.
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) November 7, 2017
Montgomery later apologized for the tweet, saying his intention wasn’t to take away from those who have suffered under communist rule.
“I didn’t mean in any way to diminish the many real victims of communism, and my tweet was a bad misintrepretation of the president’s declaration. I’ve deleted it,” Montgomery tweeted. “I cover white nationalists, and they use that language a lot, which is why I made that very dumb mistake.”
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