Conservatives panic over new Twitter CEO’s decade-old tweet

The new CEO of Twitter is getting flak from conservative corners of the internet for a decade-old tweet.

Parag Agrawal, who took over the helm after Jack Dorsey announced his departure from the position Monday, tweeted in 2010, “’If they are not gonna make a distinction between muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists.’” (Note the quotation marks.)

Prominent conservatives and right-wing activists have run wild with this tweet, accusing Agrawal on Twitter of anti-white racism.

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski notes that the quote was taken from a segment from “The Daily Show” that aired the night before. Agrawal, in a reply from 2010, also notes that the tweet was a reference to the show, and not a genuinely held belief.

Then-host Jon Stewart aired a ten-minute long bit about former NPR correspondent Juan Williams being fired from that position for anti-Muslim comments he made on “The O’Reilly Factor.” (He was then hired by Fox News, where he currently serves as a political analyst.)

In the segment, Stewart interviews, Aasif Mandvi, who lampoons the absurdity of racist stereotypes.

“Well, John, if they’re not gonna make a distinction between Muslims and violent extremists, then why should I take the time to distinguish between decent, fearful white people and racists?” Mandvi says facetiously.

A spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE.

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