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Trump 2020 adviser under fire for ‘bigoted’ tweet about Afghan evacuee plane

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Steve Cortes speaking on MSNBC. ((MSNBC))

An adviser for Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign has come under fire for a tweet showing opposition to the resettlement of Afghan civilians fleeing Taliban rule.

Steve Cortes, who currently hosts a show for the conservative network Newsmax, tweeted, “Raise your hand if you want this plane landing in your town?” alongside an image of a US military plane packed with civilians fleeing Kabul after the Taliban took control of the government.

A number of local officials and Twitter users hit back at Mr Cortes’ post, saying they would welcome Afghan civilians to their communities. Former NFL player Stephen White responded to Mr Cortes on Twitter by saying: “I just want to know if the political media is still afraid to call this kind of rhetoric bigoted, racist and xenophobic? Because it for damn sure isn’t ‘economic anxiety.’”