The weekend saw more mass shootings in the United States with at least one linked to White nationalism. Now it appears the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas has joined a chorus of critics of President Donald Trump and the White nationalist talking points he used on Twitter and during his MAGA rallies.
A Twitter account identified as belonging to Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller posted condemnation of the President's racist rhetoric, but the tweets were subsequently deleted. However not before screenshots were captured.
The Archdiocese of San Antonio has not confirmed the account is the Archbishop's, but the profile has a history of tweeting about official work and has been retweeted by the archdiocese's official account.
On Monday night, the account posted an appeal to President Trump.
It was followed by:
And things became a bit more personal.
And then the final missive:
Whether the actual poster was the Archbishop himself or a member of his staff who coordinates his social media, the sentiments echoed what many in the United States and around the world were saying.
Tim O'Brien: Trump is weaponizing racism. #DeadlineWH https://t.co/Ebj91kPasC— PassMeAPickle (@PassMeAPickle) 1565125491.0
Donald Trump has always been a racist. This is reasons #123,432,456,897,978 why you need to vote in 2020. America c… https://t.co/Ov4LRX7rrb— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@Khary Penebaker, Fx) 1565116507.0
Susan Rice blasts Trump for "raw racism," increasing white supremacist attacks globally https://t.co/p48QMJadfT https://t.co/1iZsxpkxwf— The Hill (@The Hill) 1565116624.0
@politico P.T. Barnum: There's a sucker born every day. Reading from teleprompter aka #AccessHollywoodApology, Dona… https://t.co/Wed4KM8bEd— LLH (@LLH) 1565112801.0
Giving credence to White supremacy and White nationalism and racist rhetoric has consequences. A failure to denounce racism or even admit it exists also has consequences.
And while denouncing it is a step in the right direction, backtracking later is not.