One America News Network (OANN) correspondent Jack Posobiec reached one million Twitter followers over Labor Day weekend in 2020. He has repeatedly used the website to promote hate and disinformation and promoted lies suggesting that Democrats stole the 2020 election from President Trump.
Hatewatch submitted to Twitter evidence we accrued during our investigation into Posobiec’s ties to the white supremacist movement. A significant amount of Hatewatch’s findings relate to Posobiec’s prodigious use of that website. Twitter has not released a statement in response to Hatewatch’s investigation into Posobiec and replied by email to say that tweets of his appearing to endorse white vigilantism and hyping an unsubstantiated story about a bomb scare did not violate their terms of service.
Posobiec, who claimed to call the FBI on Hatewatch after we reached out for a comment about this series in April, has not requested a correction for anything reported in our series, nor has he denied any specific facts published in it. Instead, Posobiec gave an interview to the pro-Trump website Townhall titled “Is the Southern Poverty Law Center Taking Things Out of Context Again?” In that interview, Posobiec denied being an antisemite, without addressing specific findings of our investigation, such as the fact that he collaborated with neo-Nazis, made public references to the so-called 1488 meme and targeted Jewish journalists with antisemitic hate.
The landing page for the entire investigation can be found by clicking here. The following is a summary of our findings so far:
- Posobiec put the words “fmr CBS News” in his Twitter bio during parts of 2016 and 2017, but a representative from that company told Hatewatch he was never employed with them.
- Posobiec used Twitter to single out Jewish reporters or media figures with antisemitic hate at least three times.
- Posobiec worked with convicted felon Roger Stone to promote Trump during the 2016 election.
- Posobiec met with white nationalists outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016, according to two people who were there.
- Posobiec attended and promoted on Twitter an event held by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., in September 2016.
- Posobiec held a sign that read “Blacks Are Superpredators” outside of the opening of the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C., in September 2016 and promoted a livestream of the event to Twitter.
- Posobiec texted Richard Spencer a day after his stunt at the museum and referenced the writing of white supremacist author Harold Covington in those messages.
- Posobiec led a protest in support of Trump adviser Steve Bannon that included white nationalists and neo-Nazis in April 2017.
- Members of the far-right protest group “Anticom,” which included neo-Nazis and other antisemites, claimed on the gaming app Discord to be in private correspondence with Posobiec in the lead-up to the April 2017 pro-Bannon event.
- In April 2017, Posobiec interviewed Edward and Jeffrey Clark, two brothers with extensive neo-Nazi ties, at a rally thrown to support Steve Bannon and his position in the White House. A month later, he collaborated with the Clark brothers on a video project about the Seth Rich conspiracy theory for Canadian far-right propaganda outlet Rebel Media.
- Posobiec’s neo-Nazi collaborators gained national attention following the Tree of Life terror attack in October 2018: Edward Clark committed suicide on the day of the attack, after an associate of his on the website Gab was accused of murdering the 11 Jewish victims at that Pittsburgh synagogue. Clark’s family members said they suspected he was planning to kill people on the day he died. Jeffrey Clark was arrested on weapons charges after his brother’s death.
- White nationalist organizer Jason Kessler accused Posobiec of plagiarizing a video segment of his about “antifa” in June 2017.
- Posobiec wrote sympathetically of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa on Twitter in June of 2017, in response to their members terrorizing a black civil rights advocate while she was giving a seminar.
- President Trump retweeted spin from Posobiec after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
- Three Jewish human rights groups – the ADL, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Bend the Arc: Jewish Action – released statements to Hatewatch depicting Posobiec’s past social media posts as being antisemitic or condemning OANN’s relationship to him.
- Posobiec mocked the Holocaust on a Periscope livestream that was published to Twitter in March 2017.
- Posobiec spread disinformation on Twitter numerous times, including the infamous #Pizzagate and “Rape Melania” campaigns.
- Posobiec more than once Tweeted out apparent references to the so-called 1488 meme, which is used to signal solidarity with white supremacists.
- In the context of Black Lives Matter protests across the country, Posobiec promoted on Twitter an apparently fake story in June suggesting that someone planted bombs near the Korean War memorial in Washington, D.C. Twitter told Hatewatch the post is not a violation of their terms of service.
- Posobiec used Twitter to repeatedly amplify a white vigilante response to Black Lives Matter demonstrations in June, months before Kyle Rittenhouse was accused of killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- In April 2017, Posobiec amplified for his Twitter followers an event staged by the modern iteration of a Polish neo-fascist political movement that in the 1930s bombed Jewish homes.
- In July 2017, Posobiec traveled to Warsaw, Poland, and met with Krzysztof Bosak of the extreme far-right party Ruch Narodowy, following Trump giving a speech there.
- Posobiec used Twitter to cite Bosak for analysis of “antifa” in June after Trump described the protest movement as a terrorist organization.
- Posobiec marched on Warsaw for Polish Independence Day in November 2018 in a crowd that included white nationalist, neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups.
- Posobiec met with a man named Wojciech Pawelczyk at that same march. Pawelczyk claims to help run Posobiec and Steve Bannon’s social media accounts. Hatewatch found Pawelczyk making antisemitic comments on a Polish far-right forum.
- Posobiec interviewed on OANN a pseudonymous disinformation poster named “Microchip” in September 2018.
- Microchip published virulently hateful propaganda on the fringe social media website Gab, some of it promoting Hitler and the murderous neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division. Posobiec tweeted a link to Microchip’s Gab account at least five times.
- Microchip called Posobiec a “friend behind the scenes” to Hatewatch. The pair spread disinformation on Twitter about Antifa, George Soros and #Pizzagate.
- Posobiec has a history of using his Twitter account to share links to fringe websites where white supremacists congregate. In May 2017, he linked to 8chan. As recently as May, he linked to a website authored by neo-Nazi Joseph Jordan.
- Posobiec met with and interviewed on camera a notorious Canadian race science pundit named Stefan Molyneux, immediately following the Polish Independence march in November 2018 in Warsaw.
- Molyneux endorsed white nationalism during that trip to Poland and talked about that subject with Posobiec, according to a person who was in the room with those two men.
- Posobiec is connected to Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s son, and has been since at least 2017.
- Posobiec referred to Trump Jr. as being “redpilled [as fuck]” in private messages, a term that broadly refers to radicalization to a far-right ideology.
- Posobiec appeared next to Trump Jr. at a “We Build a Wall” event in July 2019. Steve Bannon, another Posobiec associate, was ultimately arrested on fraud charges related to that pro-Trump charity operation.
- Posobiec worked with other extremists in amplifying the fruits of an apparent Russian military intelligence (GRU) hack intended to disrupt the outcome of the French elections in May 2017. Posobiec’s Twitter feed proved to be influential in spreading the illegal hack, helping #MacronLeaks to trend at a time when the French forbid their citizens from engaging in electioneering.
- In October 2020, the Department of Justice and the FBI charged six Russian military intelligence figures for their roles in perpetrating the hack, among other cybercrimes.
- Posobiec used Twitter to repeatedly promote the writing of Russian neo-fascist author Aleksandr Dugin in 2017.
- Analysts have noted that some of Posobiec’s viral tweets show signs of being amplified by automation.
- Posobiec contributed similarly viral tweets in a 2020 campaign targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son. He also participated in the so-called #StoptheSteal campaign, which helped influence Trump supporters to storm the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
- Posobiec shared to Twitter links from the website SouthFront at least 28 times in a span of 10 months. The website also in turn promoted Posobiec’s celebrity.
- Posobiec promoted links from the website focused on Middle East policy, COVID-19 and downplaying the impact of Russian disinformation efforts.
- The U.S. government announced on April 15 that SouthFront is a project backed by Russian military intelligence.
Editor's note: This article was updated on April 28 and will continue to be updated as Hatewatch's investigation continues.
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