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Saturday, March 17, 2018

On Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. posted a meme on his Instagram account in response to Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” gaffe. Trump Sr. has repeatedly said his kids are some of his closest political advisors, and as with his own posts on social media, this one deserves some attention.


If the elder Donald has turned racial dog whistles into dog… megaphones, this is Donald Jr.’s version of a white supremacist shofar, sounded to awaken America’s slumbering bigots and draw them to his Instagram presence.

Why? Look over Donald Trump’s left shoulder. Images of that green frog first appeared on the internet years ago, as a harmless drawing on off-color message board sites like 4chan. This year, “Pepe the Frog” symbolizes something much more sinister.

Olivia Nuzzi explained the meme’s transformation in The Daily Beast in May:

It began in late 2015 on /r9k/, a controversial 4chan board where, as on any message board, it can be difficult to discern how serious commenters are being or if they’re just fucking around entirely. Nevertheless, /r9k/ has been tied to Elliot Rodger—the UC Santa Barbara shooter who killed six people in 2014—who found fans there, and GamerGate. There, Pepe transformed from harmless cartoon to big green monster.

“We basically mixed Pepe in with Nazi propaganda, etc. We built that association,” @JaredTSwift said.

He sent me a “rare Pepe,” an ironic categorization for certain versions of the meme: Pepe, his eyes red and irises swastika-shaped, against a trippy rainbow backdrop. “Do with it what you will,” he said.

Building the Trump association came next, after which @JaredTSwift said the images got crossover appeal. They began to move from 4chan to Twitter, which is when “journalists were exposed to it via Trump memes.”

On Jan. 7, Cheri Jacobus, a Republican consultant and pundit who is suing Trump for defamation and has been harassed by Trump supporters, tweeted, “The green frog symbol is what white supremacists use in their propaganda. U don’t want to go there.”

R/pepethefrog (NSFW) is a Reddit community devoted to variations on the image where Pepe has been drawn as various Europeans, one Finnish and one Hungarian, “protecting” their home countries from Syrian refugees; a Jewish stereotype; and of course, President Trump with his finger on the nuclear trigger.

Images of Pepe make frequent reference to “normies” and “kill all normies” — normies being anyone outside the alt right, white supremacist political ecosystem, as The Daily Stormer, the world’s largest white supremacist message board, explained recently in a post called “A Normie’s Guide to the Alt Right.” In the post, the site’s founder and editor, Andrew Anglin, explains that “Pepe became the mascot (he wasn’t ‘chosen’ by anyone, except the meme-mob, which is everyone) because he embodies the goal of couching idealism within irony.”

So when Donald Trump Jr. — and Roger Stone and David Duke — re-publishes this image, to borrow a Trumpian turn of phrase: He gets it better than anybody understands.

It’s not the first time Donald Jr. has gotten mixed up in the white supremacist crowd.

In March, after it was revealed that the Trump campaign gave press credentials to white supremacist radio show host James Edwards, Donald Jr. gave a brief interview to Edwards. He insisted afterwards that he hadn’t known at the time to whom he was speaking.

He then retweeted a well-known white supremacist, Theodore Beale, falsely claiming that a viral photo of a woman giving a Nazi salute outside of a Trump rally was really a Bernie Sanders supporter.

In July, when the Republican National Convention came to Cleveland, James Edwards was mysteriously granted press credentials for the event.

In August, Donald Jr. re-tweeted well-known white supremacist Kevin MacDonald, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center called “the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic.”

Given the sheer number of white supremacists Donald Jr. follows on Twitter, he could hardly be blamed for being such a successful mouthpiece for their hate speech — if his father wasn’t running for president.

Alas, the Republican nominee hasn’t presented much of a higher bar, hiring perhaps the most influential businessman on the alt right, Stephen Bannon, to be the CEO of his campaign. Since then, white supremacists say, Trump is the greatest hope they’ve ever had for creating a white entho-state in which racial and religious lines are openly marked as a matter of law and culture.

Photo: Instagram user donaldjtrumpjr.

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32 Responses to Why Did Donald Trump Jr. Post A Nazi Frog On Instagram?

  1. A sequel to the old South Africa, with variations that go well beyond apartheid, is rapidly emerging in the USA, and there is nothing subtle about it.
    I don’t think Hillary should have called the cultists that support this movement deplorables. I can think of better terms to describe those who support Trump, and what he represents.

    • I think deplorable is a great word as it means “deserving strong condemnation”. All of us should deplore the hate speech engaged in and encouraged by the Trump campaign. I agree with The Washington Post – this was not a gaffe. Tim Kaine did very well during pressor today with the concept and POTUS and FLOTUS will do even better. Elizabeth Warren will also have some pithy comments. Silence is morally indefensible.

      • I fully agree with you, silence is not the cure. They have been called who they are and are now going ballistic shouting: FIRE, FIRE, FIRE.They did support whatever name calling their King Trump called every individual:
        1. All Latinos are criminals – OK WITH THEM!
        2. All women are pigs – ”
        3. All Black voters are poor – ”
        4. Disabled must be mocked – ”
        5. All muslims are not wanted – ”
        6. All undocumented must go – ”
        7. He will build the wall – ”
        8. Lock her up – ”
        The list goes on, and on, and on.

        • Trump’s modus operandi is to get his ugly puss on ad many TV screens as possible as frequently as possible. That’s been working well since before the primaries began. For him, it doesn’t matter whether he’s preaching world peace and living one’s neighbor or encouraging his followers to assault a group of nuns who just happen to be passing by. Makes no difference since his face is hogging screen timeon every network. Finally, Hillary Clinton has caught on to the game. Deplorables? Hillary’s getting screen time. Pneumonia? Hillary’s getting screen time. I’m sure Trump is worried that he’s no longer the only one showing up on TV. In this campaign, anything goes for Trump–even white supremacy

      • When the media is talking about Clinton’s “basket of deplorables”, they should be playing this video in the background.

        Why aren’t they talking about Trumpski’s comments:

        Donald Trump: ‘You have to be wealthy in order to be great” May of 2016

        During a January 2015, interview with Kasie Hunt of MSNBC, he proclaimed, “We have a tremendous amount of people in this country that don’t want to work. They have no inclination to work.”

        During a June 2015 interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Trump declared: “The problem we have right now—we have a society that sits back and says we don’t have to do anything. Eventually, the 50 percent cannot carry—and it’s unfair to them—but cannot carry the other 50 percent.”

        Following Romney’s 47%
        . “You do have a large percentage of people not paying taxes,” Trump said at the time. “You do have a large percentage of people that feel they’re entitled.” Entitled to handouts and a free ride, that is.

        From the man who will not release his tax returns, will not disclose what investments he has in Russia and/or China, what liabilities he has in Russia and/or China and who in those countries have invested in his businesses. From a man who takes money meant for bussiness who were destroyed or damaged on 9/11. A man who has declared bankruptcy 4 times leaving investors and vendors blowing in the wind. From a man who has been sued repeatedly for not living up to his financial obligations.

  2. Ohhh lord – the entire internet <30 is laughing at you right now. You should really have asked your grandkids to help you write this /nottheonion gloriousness.

    • Regressives need their bogyman, doesn’t matter if they’re on the right or left. But the author of the article is doing a great job of showing just how crazy and out of touch they are.

  3. Infact, Trump Jr. has got it right. He is showing everyone the major “deplorable”. Unfortunately, he forgot one ring-leader Sean Hannity. I can’t trace him on the photo.

  4. Words have consequences. Trump constantly claims that he has no responsibility for whatever his words encourage. His lame explanation is that it is all in the mind of the listener. Mike Pence swears to what Trump says and has no idea why David Duke and those like him support the Trump-Pence ticket. Apparently he hasn’t heard any of Trump’s speeches or doesn’t know anything about Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News. I guess he hasn’t seen the tweets and retweets sent by Donald Trump Sr. and Jr. Or more likely, Pence knows exactly why the hate groups love the Trump-Pence ticket and he welcomes it.

  5. More proof of the insanity of Trump and the White supremacists of the Western World.
    I’ve commented to some degree on the disease of racism, how it afflicts its avowed worshipers, and how the variety of toadies and trumpites are OK with this anti-Christ disease.

    I’ll have to come back to this topic and article later—maybe after our first Book Club meeting here in Portsmouth for the purpose of having conversations on the topics of Race, Racialism, Racism, and building a peace coalition in response to that triad.

      • Are you really that daft as to not understand what is going on in society?
        I interviewed the daily beast, that interviewed the troll pretending to be alt-right, that pretends to not be a racist organization, etc.

        • I think I do. Hillary has brain damage. The Democratic Party is panicking, and is trying everything to divert attention, including using a cartoon frog as proof of Trump being racist.

          • Your synaptic connections have been severely damaged and you’re no longer able to differentiate between reality and such fantastical notions you’ve expressed. Too much exposure to Donald and the GOP will do that.
            I suggest you turn the TV off, do some serious reading, take quiet walks in the woods, and cultivate some new friendships. Also, and most important, try to reconnect with your Creator.
            And by your Creator, I don’t mean Donald or the GOP. Be a man for a change and learn to think for yourself.

          • MSM aren’t pretending concerns over Hillary’s health are conspiracy theories anymore. Guess you didn’t get the memo.

          • You’re ignorant. When the alternative is a Nazi, what does the state of the Nazi’s opponent’s health have to do with anything?

          • Let’s say for the sake of argument that you’re right.

            Since we have had a POTUS who ended a world war from a wheelchair, one who managed a missile crisis with Addison’s disease, one who ran the country with serious heart issues, it’s proven that you can be successful as POTUS with more serious health issues than bacterial pneumonia.

            What is not curable is making a reality show about the campaign and the office.

            Colin Power (in confidence) called him a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah”. He lies about so much, yet is given a pass. His business dealings are seriously in conflict with national security. He actually DOES use his foundation for personal gain, unlike the Clinton Foundation If Obama’s daughter vacationed with Putin’s girlfriend the right would be aghast. They were aghast at Michelle’s bare arms in photographs, yet Melania can be shot in soft porn.

            Where are conservative values??!?

          • Weirdly the proof of Trump being racist that most people are using is the outrageously racist things he and his supporters say.

          • The whole Birther Movement was racist, and Donald Trump was its most vocal supporter, okay? The entire Mexicans are mostly rapists, drug dealers, and criminal invaders meme, is exactly the way a racist would view, and describe the results of a broken immigration system. Not as an administrative one where it is our responsibility to remedy it. But as an ethic problem created solely by the immigrants themselves, who are spoiling our “American culture.” And as far as distracting from Trump’s positions on that, it should be the last thing Democrats should do. And if the Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacists are cheering too loudly for Trump…. Well, I say let ’em cheer! As none speak better for their cause than themselves. Unless it’s Donald Trump.

  6. Once a cancer has taken a position in the body, aggressive treatment is required to arrest its development. If done soon enough, the prognosis of health is very good. But as one knowingly ignores the threat, the cancer increases its sphere of influence and begins to effect more critical elements.
    Racialism is the equivalent of a cancer. It started out based on a false premise of a notion that began to take shape slowly and over centuries by a band of Modern Humans out of Africa who made their way into what is now called Europe. This “cancer” doesn’t attack the physical body in the same manner as ordinary cancer does, but begins to distort the perception of those who harbor the flawed perception that some members of the human family were meant to be inherently superior to others. This cancerous thinking has evolved to a dimension that it destabilizes American society and other societies in the world, and has led to a status of furthering the prospect of more blood flowing in the streets, as anticipated by Baha’u’llah and His eldest son, Abdu’l Baha.

    And now, as a result of an active role played by conservatives in America, the ground has been made more fertile for the cancer of racism to spread further from its root of Racialism. Its growth assumes a dimension that exceeds the ability of any earthly power or ideology to eliminate it—previous Religions didn’t have the Mandate to aggressively confront and arrest the affects of racial superiority that plagues the mind and deranges perception of humans who allow it to reside in the mind and heart. No laws, political/philosophical thoughts can eradicate racism. Those elements may temporarily retard the growth, the efforts of previous Religions may provide temporary relief and remind us of our duty to humanity, but that wasn’t previous Religions’ mandate and so we have a disease that is impervious to the good wishes of previous Religious Dispensations.

    One thing, and one thing alone, can rescue humanity from the destructive influence of racism, and other illnesses afflicting humanity. However, the Divine Physician for this Day and Age has so far been prevented by our inattention from exercising His influence. When Baha’u’llah announced His Mission from the Garden of Ridvan in Baghdad, Iraq in 1863, He stated emphatically that His concern was to conquer the “city” of the hearts if humanity and that material conquest was of no concern to Him.

    The battle against racism, and fear, hate, envy, and divisiveness is waged first and foremost in the “hearts”, later in the mind, and then is carried outwardly to be waged in the manner in which we talk, act, and think. Trump, the white supremacists, and other malcontents stand in opposition to the Will of this Divine Physician and as such stand as an opposition which will be swept away eventually. The question now is how many more lives and minds are to be lost and devastated in the interim by the ravages of racism, and to the onslaught of greed, religious fanaticism, political belligerence. and other forms of divisiveness .

    “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established. This unity can never be achieved so long as the counsels which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed are suffered to pass unheeded.”—Baha’u’llah

    The unity He speaks of stretches well beyond the confined areas of “limited” unities such as “race”, political affiliation, religious affiliation, ethnicity, one’s biological family, nationality, linguistic group, etc.

    How long will the Divine Physician be delayed from attending to the patient called “Humanity”?

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