Politico co-founder and Editor-in-Chief John F. Harris appeared to imply that President Trump is a “white nationalist” in charge of the Republican Party in a shocking tweet Wednesday, but the newsman insisted it was nothing more than a “quip” that was misinterpreted.
Author Larry Sabato tweeted an NBC News story headlined: “White nationalist leader wants to ‘take over the GOP’”.
The Politico honcho responded: “Thought that job had been filled.”
Politico is considered one of the most powerful and influential news organizations in America and claims to provide “non-partisan journalism” in its company mission statement. Republican strategist Arthur Schwartz noticed the tweet and quickly condemned Harris.
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“Until this guy is gone from Politico, no Republicans should take calls from or help his reporters. He’s not hiding it — this is what he thinks of us. Despicable,” Schwartz wrote.
Harris followed up, saying Schwartz made a “fair point” and that his tweet was designed to be “a quip about the headline on the NBC” story.
“Sometimes wisecracks get lost in Twitter translation so appreciate the chance to clarify,” Harris wrote.
When reached for comment, a Politico spokesperson directed Fox News to Harris’ follow up tweet to Schwartz before adding: “More specifically, his point was that there is currently no prospect of anyone taking over the Republican Party from its current leader – President Trump.”