UPDATED: 9:41 a.m. ET, Aug. 26 —
Shaun King‘s name was among the top trending topics on Twitter Wednesday morning after the embattled social justice activist threatened to reveal the names of officers employed by a police department in Wisconsin responsible for shooting an unarmed Black man in the back multiple times at close range. The Twitter threat came as the Kenosha Police Department has not identified the officer who on Sunday responded to unverified reports of a “domestic disturbance” before shooting Jacob Blake and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
While King very well could make good on his threat, right-wing trolls began using some of his unfortunate nicknames — like Talcum X — and pointed to his history of misidentifying people to disastrous results.
King also apparently sent out a fundraising email, prompting at least one person on Twitter to call him “W.E.B. DeFraud” in reference to credible yet unproven allegations of financial improprieties.
It seems as though King’s list of nicknames begins trending on social media following every time he is in the news cycle.
That’s what happened in March following Sen. Bernie Sanders’ shellacking by Joe Biden following the South Carolina primary. However, King, who at the time was a Sanders campaign surrogate, had an even rougher time when Twitter completely came for his jugular after he accused MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow of making comments about Sanders that she actually did not say.
King claimed that Maddow reported “that multiple ‘senior officials’ within the Democratic Party are interfering with the primaries to stop” Sanders’ campaign.
“They reported that the party has asked Bloomberg to drop out so that Biden would have an easier time against Bernie,” he continued. Maddow fired back, denying King’s claims. “What? No. I didn’t report any such thing,” she responded.
King then shared a clip of the MSNBC host discussing pressures Mike Bloomberg’s campaign faced prior to him suspending his campaign, according to sources, which had absolutely nothing to do with King’s accusation.
“The Bloomberg campaign is experiencing intense pressure from multiple sources from inside of the Democratic Party that he needs to quit,” Maddow said in the clip.
Days prior, King was called out for claiming that Beto O’Rourke supporters reported contacted him “near tears, saying that his endorsement of @JoeBiden ‘felt like a betrayal’ of all they had worked for with Beto. One said he loathed Biden’s campaign for President. They just couldn’t make it make sense.”
However, a former O’Rourke staffer responded to King, debunking his tweet.
“Former Beto staffer here. I can say with almost complete certainty that none of us would reach out to this guy to speak ill of our old boss,” the staffer wrote.
After Maddow called out King’s fallacies, Talcum X began trending, referring to King. Black folks quickly began to display their utmost creativity, listing off a series of new nicknames for King, alluding to his habitual storytelling.
“Talcum X has always been my favorite Sh*un King nickname but someone called him Hueless P. Newton, Martin Luther Cream & W.E.B. Defraud and I cant breathe,” one person tweeted.
Another Twitter user said, “Why didn’t I know y’all nicknamed @shaunking Martin Luther cream and Thurgood partial Rolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughingRolling on the floor laughingSkull I knew about Talcum X but this new revelation has sent me under. Lol.”
Check out the growing list of some of the nicknames Black Twitter has knighted King with.
1. Talcum X | Malcolm XSource:Getty
Civil Rights Leader and former member of the Nation of Islam.
2. Thurgood Partial | Thurgood MarshallSource:Getty
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
3. Pale Revere | Paul RevereSource:Getty
Patriot in the American Revolution.
4. Tupac Sugar | Tupac ShakurSource:Getty
Legendary rapper and poet.
5. Alexander Scamilton | Alexander HamiltonSource:Getty
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
6. Chaka Con | Chaka KhanSource:WENN
Grammy Award winning singer and former lead vocalist of the funk band Rufus.
7. Snow J. Simpson | O.J. SimpsonSource:Getty
Former running back, most famous being tried for the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
8. W.E.B. Defraud | W.E.B. Du BoisSource:Getty
The first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1895. Du Bois also co-founded the NAACP.
9. Hueless P. Newton | Huey P. NewtonSource:Getty
Co-founder of the Black Panther Party.
10. Crooker T. Washington | Booker T. WashingtonSource:Getty
Founder of the HBCU, Tuskegee Institute.
11. Martin Luther Cream | Martin Luther King Jr.Source:Getty
Civil Rights Leader
12. Cream Abdul Jabbar | Kareem Abdul JabbarSource:WENN
Legendary NBA player.
13. Lames Baldwin | James BaldwinSource:Getty
Famed novelist, play writer and essayist.
14. Chalkus Garvey | Marcus GarveySource:Getty
Jamaican political activist, also the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.