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Ice Cube is posting anti-Semitic memes and conspiracy theories on Twitter

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  • Ice Cube has continued to post anti-Semitic memes on Twitter, in addition to imagery connected to Russian media and the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory movement.
  • The rapper and actor has doubled down on his tweets, responding to allegations of anti-Semitism by tweeting, “I’ve been telling my truth.”
  • The Daily Beast reported on Thursday that Ice Cube has a long history of anti-Semitic comments and allegedly tried to get a rabbi beaten up in 2015.
  • A representative for Ice Cube did not return Insider’s request for comment.

Rapper, actor, and producer Ice Cube has continued to post a series of alarming, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Twitter. The NWA rapper, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has also shared imagery connected to the QAnon conspiracy theory movement.

On Wednesday, Ice Cube, 50, tweeted an image of a black cube that’s called the “Black Cube of Saturn,” an occult-related symbol that indicates chaos. The black cube was laid over an image of a Star of David, seemingly implying that the Jewish people are somehow behind the world’s chaos and echoing anti-Semitic aspects of the popular Illuminati conspiracy theories. People have also used the black cube to claim that Jews were behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the novel coronavirus, according to The Jewish Chronicle.

The week before, on June 6, Ice Cube posted another anti-Semitic image, which shows old white men with large noses playing monopoly on a table held up by Black men. It’s a picture of a 2012 mural painted in London that was later removed for its offensiveness. “F-CK THE NEW NORMAL UNTIL THEY FIX THE OLD NORMAL,” he said in the tweet. Advertisement


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On Wednesday, he responded to criticism that his tweets were anti-Semitic. “What if I was just pro-Black? This is the truth brother. I didn’t lie on anyone. I didn’t say I was anti anybody. DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. I’ve been telling my truth,” he said in a tweet.

Ice Cube has a long history of anti-Semitism, The Daily Beast reported on Thursday. In 2015, TMZ reported that he had ordered people to beat up a rabbi outside of the MGM Detroit hotel.

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Ice Cube also shared content reportedly originating from Russian media and other images that are linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory

According to Renee DiResta, the technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, one of the images Ice Cube shared on Wednesday appeared to originate from a Russian-led Facebook group “focused on integrating itself into real Black media networks,” that only exists to “sow discord.” The image espoused a conspiracy theory alleging that Europeans had shot off the noses of Egyptian statues.

Ice Cube shared an image connected to QAnon, the movement that focuses on the baseless conspiracy theory that there is a “deep state” plot against President Donald Trump.The picture, posted on Tuesday, shows a sign hanging above a highway that reads, “MEDIA IS COMPLICIT #TREASON,” followed by the letter Q.Advertisement


Q is an anonymous (and likely nonexistent) figure whose claims, posted on a fringe message board, about the world are taken on by followers of the movement. In a subsequent tweet, Ice Cube said that he doesn’t know who Q is. “It’s just a True statement,” he said.

Ice Cube/Twitter

One of the main tenants of QAnon is the conspiracy theory that many celebrities and Democrats are involved in child sex trafficking. None of their claims are based in fact, and a Texas FBI field office said in an internal memo last year that the group posed a domestic terrorism threat, as reported by Yahoo News. Advertisement


QAnon conspiracy theories originated on the fringe corners of the internet, but have since extended to reach Instagram influencers and even caught the attention of Hilary Duff and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom have been subjects of the movement’s fodder.

It’s also become popular among the Republican party, as Trump continues to share memes and beliefs associated with QAnon. 51 current or former candidates for US Congress have espoused various QAnon conspiracy theories online, according to Media Matters for America.

A representative for Ice Cube did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment. Advertisement




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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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My RSS Feedunwinona:

This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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