Mary Ann Mendoza was abruptly pulled from her speaking slot on the second night of the Republican National Convention after she retweeted — and then vaguely apologized for — a long, anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter just hours before her address.
Mendoza was originally set to speak at the RNC to support Trump’s hard-line immigration platform, after her son died in a 2014 car accident because of an undocumented alien who was driving while drunk. But then on Tuesday afternoon, Mendoza queued up a several-dozen-long tweet thread espousing a vicious hoax about a Jewish plot to control the world’s wealth, in which she also promoted an anti-Semitic text popular in Nazi Germany.
As news of her toxic tweets spread online, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh announced that Mendoza had been removed from the convention’s line-up just minutes before the evening’s festivities were set to begin. But he gave no acknowledgment about the circumstances of the last-minute change: “We have removed the scheduled video from the convention lineup and it will no longer run this week”
After being previewed as a featured speaker earlier today, Mary Ann Mendoza’s pre-recorded remarks will no longer be included, per Trump camp communications director Tim Murtaugh: “We have removed the scheduled video from the convention lineup and it will no longer run this week”
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) August 26, 2020
Mendoza began tweeting out the conspiracy theory on Tuesday afternoon but then, hours later, posted a vague apology for “not paying attention to the intent of the whole message. That does not reflect my feelings or personal thoughts whatsoever.”
I retweeted a very long thread earlier without reading every post within the thread. My apologies for not paying attention to the intent of the whole message. That does not reflect my feelings or personal thoughts whatsoever.
— Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza💥TEXT EMPOWER TO 88022 (@mamendoza480) August 25, 2020
Her mea culpa fell on deaf ears on Twitter, however, as replies to her apology noted that she had taken the step of having the Thread Reader app amplify her anti-Semitic screed by linking it all together.
You literally requested the thread be unrolled. This page. pic.twitter.com/qxVfUImjTZ
— Aaron Astor (@AstorAaron) August 25, 2020
In addition, this wasn’t the first time Mendoza has trafficked in Jewish conspiracy theories. Nearly two years ago, she posted a similar claims about the Rothschilds — a popular foil among anti-Semites — and their alleged “globalist media mouthpiece.” She did not address or disavow this tweet in her latest apology.
And there you have it: 🤬The Rothschilds have used their globalist media mouthpiece to declare that Donald Trump is threatening to destroy the New World Order!🤬https://t.co/1S4UptQ0m7
— Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza💥TEXT EMPOWER TO 88022 (@mamendoza480) November 23, 2018
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Originally published: 2020-08-25 19:44:20