Critics claiming a pro-Trump children’s book promotes White Nationalism were slammed by one of the book’s Asian illustrators Friday.
Timothy Lim, who illustrated, Thump: The First Bundred Days, shot back at leftists from Media Matters, as well as Canadian researcher Amarnath Amarasingam, asking whether he “looked” like a White Nationalist.
“Hey Amarnath AmarASSingam & Media (never) Matters! Do I LOOK like a white nationalist to you?”
Hey @mmfa, @davidbrockdc, @timothywjohnson why are you labeling Timothy Lim, the co-author and illustrator of THUMP: The First Bundred Days, as a “White Nationalist” when he is of Chinese and Filipino descent? Ever hear of doing a little research? @POTUSThump pic.twitter.com/ZjAHZdRJD4
— Brett R. Smith (@BrettRSmith76) January 5, 2018
“The ‘credible’ Media Matters for America wrote a hit piece on our book, calling it ‘white nationalist’ propaganda. Journalism in America is awful when they can’t even bother researching the authors,” Lim wrote on Facebook.
Lim, a seasoned graphic illustrator who has worked alongside Marvel, Lucasfilm, HASBRO and more, is of Chinese and Philipino descent.
On Thursday a Media Matters article claimed, “Alex Jones is hawking pro-Trump children’s book that indoctrinates them to white nationalism,” regarding an Infowars interview with Thump co-author Brett R. Smith.
Media Matters says Jones “flipped through the book, revealing some of its disturbing content.”
“On one page that Jones showed, the text read, ‘Thump found friends in strange places and in all shapes and sizes. Such as the frogs that croaked ‘KEK!’ They were full of surprises!”
“The line is a reference to Pepe the Frog, an originally innocuous cartoon that was transformed into a talisman for white nationalism during the 2016 presidential campaign,” Media Matters claimed.
Nowhere in the piece do they evidence why Lim, photographed wearing a “Trump” sweater, is a White Nationalist.
The article was later retweeted by George Washington University “research” fellow Amanath Amarasingam.
Alex Jones is hawking pro-Trump children’s book that indoctrinates them to white nationalism. https://t.co/I0mHMaSew0
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) January 4, 2018
This is what happens when you don’t do your research.