Ben Collins who describes himself on his Twitter profile as a reporter for NBC News, dystopian beat deleted a post that falsely claimed today’s pro-gun Virginia rally is a “white nationalist rally.”
This was Ben’s original (now deleted) tweet.
Ben Collins explained in a subsequent tweet.
Hi everybody! I’m deleting a tweet so I can be super clear about tomorrow’s rally in Virginia. The Lobby Day protest is and has traditionally been a gun rights rally, but white nationalists, including militant group The Base, have been planning violent action at the event.
This has led to two different FBI arrests of 7 total people. The governor declared a state of emergency, citing “credible intelligence” of hate groups attending. Users on white nationalist forums planned meet-ups for months, a contrast to previous years.
Caleb Hull responded “Hey man, I see you deleted your tweet, but you should really just delete your entire account.”
Hey man, I see you deleted your tweet, but you should really just delete your entire account.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 19, 2020
Today’s “lobby day” rally is organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a non-profit group that is pro-gun and in no way related to “white nationalism.”
Julio Rosas mocked Collins by tweeting a photo that included a multi-racial pro-gun crowd and writing “Wow, look at all these “white nationalists.”
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 20, 2020