The US presidential election was hijacked by an angry white nationalist Facebook page that turned to a pro-Trump alternative on Wednesday.
The page, which was set up just two weeks ago, has since been taken down, and has been suspended by the US President Donald Trump.
In the days leading up to the election, the page posted an article calling for Trump to be thrown out of office, and for a “bloody coup”.
“This is not a joke,” the article read.
“It is not about election rigging.
It is about the real US government’s corruption and greed.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.
“This was a racist page,” the Trump campaign told the New York Times.
“These people have no respect for the law, they are racists.”
Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN the post was a “fear mongering” effort.
“The Trump campaign was the only platform to spread this racist hate.
We’re not here to talk about how to win the election,” she said.
The Trump team did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
“In the days and weeks leading up the election and the days that followed, there was nothing to suggest the Trump-Russia collusion theory,” a spokesman for the Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, told the Washington Post.
“No evidence of collusion was found, and there was no evidence to support any of the outrageous accusations that Trump and his supporters have been making for months.”
“But there is something else going on here,” the spokesman added.
“Hillary Clinton is using this to undermine and distract from her disastrous presidential campaign.”
CNN reported on Wednesday that a campaign email leaked to the New Yorker revealed the Trump team had been monitoring the Trump supporters’ comments, and that they were “being warned not to use Trump as an example”.
In one email, the Trump aides wrote: “In case anyone has questions, I will direct you to the article linked above.
I will not be using Donald Trump as a metaphor, I won’t be using his name as an analogy, and I will never be using the phrase ‘covfefe’.” “I want to make sure you understand what I mean by that,” the email continued.
“I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, but I am also not a Trump supporter.”
“I think this article is very helpful to us as we strategize on the issue of the next phase of the campaign.
It shows the extent of Trump’s and his surrogates’ willingness to use words like ‘civility’ and ‘disrespect’, which they believe are used as a weapon to intimidate, demean, and attack others.”
The Daily Beast reported that one of the top Trump aides, Steve Bannon, said on Tuesday that “the next phase” would focus on “tweaking” the Democrats’ message.
“There’s no question that if you are a Republican, you should be able to say, ‘This is my message, and it is what I believe,'” Bannon said.
“And I think the next thing is we’re going to have to get our message out that is a different message.
That is not what the Democrats have done.
That’s not what Trump has done.”
The email from the Trump advisers was sent just before the election ended.
“We’re not done,” one of Trump aide Steve Bannon wrote.
“What you have is the first stage of a movement, and you’re going [to] start picking up steam.
And you’re also going to pick up steam for a couple of days and months.”
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.