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Viral Videos Of Cars Driving Through Protesters Are Very Popular On Conservative Sites

Fox News and the Daily Caller recently took down their posts, but others didn’t bother.

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Fox News recently took down an aggregated post that promoted cars plowing through protesters. The video was widely criticized after a white supremacist allegedly plowed his car into a group of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, killing one person.

The post, published in January on the Fox Nation vertical, was titled, “Here’s A Reel Of Cars Plowing Through Protesters Trying To Block The Road.”

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A statement from the network sent to the Daily Beast said, “The item was inappropriate and we’ve taken it down. We regret posting it in January.”

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Websites based in Macedonia, as previously identified by BuzzFeed News, have also seized on the trend. The Conservative Daily Post (15,000 Facebook engagements), Donald Trump News (38,000 Facebook engagements), and Conservative Fighters (17,500 Facebook engagements) have all published stories with provocative headlines.

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The data, from social-tracking website BuzzSumo, includes reactions, comments, and shares on the articles.

And a well-known right-wing website called Joe the Plumber posted its article (59,700 Facebook engagements) with the caption "ouch mommy!"

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Some people in the comments condemned the idea of cars driving at protesters, but the post still got significant support and engagement.

BuzzFeed News contacted all website owners to ask why they chose to keep the posts on their websites in light of Fox News taking theirs down. We have received no responses.

Jane Lytvynenko is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada. PGP fingerprint: A088 89E6 2500 AD3C 8081 BAFB 23BA 21F3 81E0 101C.

Contact Jane Lytvynenko at jane.lytvynenko@buzzfeed.com.

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