Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Michael Flynn testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee on worldwide threats in the House Visitors Center of the US Capitol on February 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Flynn has interacted with far right and anti-Semitic figures, maligned the Muslim faith, and shared unfounded news stories on Twitter.

Emails to a spokesperson for President-elect Trump and Flynn seeking comment were not returned.

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been asked to serve as Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, has, on his verified Twitter account, interacted with far right and anti-Semitic figures, maligned the Muslim faith, and shared unfounded news stories.

A CNN KFile review of Flynn’s Twitter account finds that the retired lieutenant general, who once served as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, tweeted routinely with members of the so-called alt-right movement, going so far as to endorse a book by one controversial figure who regularly makes offensive comments.

Flynn faced criticism in July when he retweeted an anti-Semitic message. Flynn said the retweet was an accident and deleted the message.

Emails to a spokesperson for President-elect Trump and Flynn seeking comment were not returned. A follow up question to Flynn asking who managed his Twitter account also went unreturned.

Tweeting with the fringe:

Flynn regularly interacted on Twitter with members of the alt-right movement — a far right ideological group whose members primarily use social media as platform to spread their message.

On 15 different occasions, Flynn tagged in his tweets alt-right figure Mike Cernovich, who regularly tweets inflammatory and unfounded conspiracy theories.

Cernovich runs a website called Danger and Play, which has pushed conspiracy theories that the Orlando Pulse shooter did not act alone and that Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman was part of a sex cult.

Flynn urged his followers to follow Cernovich, tweeting in October, “Follow Mike @Cernovich He has a terrific book, Gorilla Mindset. Well worth the read. @realDonaldTrump will win on 8 NOV!!!”

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Cernovich once wrote in a since-deleted tweet: “Have you guys ever tried ‘raping’ a girl without using force? Try it. It’s basically impossible. Date rape does not exist.”

Last February, Cernovich tweeted: “Not being a slut is the only proven way to avoid AIDS. If you love black women, slut shame them.”

In July Cernovich tweeted, “The ‘alt-right’ hasn’t killed anyone, but #BlackLivesMatter regularly slaughters the innocent. Know the real threat. Think! #Dallas”

In late October, Flynn linked to a Cernovich story titled “How to Save Twitter,” where he argued harassment wasn’t a big issue on Twitter and said “the company is being run by rabid SJWs [social justice warriors] who don’t care about users.” The article included a tweet of Cernovich calling a woman raising awareness about the herpes virus “ugly and has herpes.”

Flynn wrote of the story, “I totally agree…Citizen journalism is the new future for truth because truth fears no questions. @Cernovich @IngrahamAngle #TruthMatters.”

In August, Flynn retweeted a Breitbart article by alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who was banned from Twitter earlier this year, titled “Hillary Clinton Is About To Embarass(sic) Herself On The A