Trump Wants “Very Fine People” To Get The Message

Media Matters for America posted a story today that has quickly turned into another major controversy for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign–much like scheduling a rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa, an “error” so outrageous that it calls into question how it could have possibly been in error at all:

Since June 3, the Trump campaign has been running Facebook ads fearmongering about “antifa.” On June 17, the campaign added an inverted red triangle to some variations of the ad — a symbol the Nazis used to designate political prisoners…

On June 17, the campaign ran 88 ads on the Facebook pages for Trump, Pence, and Team Trump with an inverted red triangle. The red triangle was used for political prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

…Historian Jacob S. Eder, an expert on the subject, told The Washington Post that the ad is “a highly problematic use of a symbol that the Nazis used to identify their political enemies. … It’s hard to imagine it’s done on purpose, because I’m not sure if the vast majority of Americans know or understand the sign, but it’s very, very careless to say the least.”

The Washington Post updates that the ads have been pulled by Facebook for violating their prohibition on hate speech and symbols:

“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” said Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman. “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”

But the ads on the president’s page alone, which began running on Wednesday, had gained as many as 950,000 impressions by Thursday morning. Identical ads on Pence’s page had gained as many as 500,000 impressions.

Although the Trump campaign issued a perfunctory denial that the image was intended to represent the Nazi prisoner badge for a “political prisoner” such as a communist, there’s really nothing else it reasonably could be. And unlike the pink triangle which was politically reclaimed by LGBT activists during the AIDS crisis, evidence that the red triangle has been similarly appropriated by Antifa is thin at best.

And in this context, that would probably just make it worse.

It’s also true that Nazi symbology is not generally well known by the American public beyond the most basic of designs like the swastika, and a fair number of voters would see this ad and not have any idea what it originally stood for.

We submit to you that the targets of this ad may be, very precisely, the voters who know exactly what every Nazi symbol means. That’s a small but as we know in Colorado busy segment of the politically active population. There’s just not a satisfactory alternative explanation for the use of this specific image, and it appeals to an electoral niche known to be highly supportive of Trump.

And there have been so many such “coincidences.”

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  1. MichaelBowman says:

    Another Stephen Miller masterpiece. 

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    June 6, 2020 was the 76th anniversary of D-Day. Every American soldier who hit the Normandy beaches that morning; many of them to die for their country; was a committed ANTI-FAscist.

    What does that say about Trump and his enablers?

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Hatriots? 

      To your point:

      • Mike W. says:

        Not to argue with a meme or anything, but the original Anti-fa were German and Austrian citizens who opposed the Nazi regime, got arrested, and then had little red triangles slapped onto their prisoner uniforms, and that’s why we’re here now pointing out the fascists in the White House.

        Or they just got executed on the spot by local militias and ‘law’ enforcement, which is also sounds awfully relevant to the times…

  3. MADCO says:

    Tulsa scheduling no error.

    Dog whistle, .more like train whistle

    And now Hoover Trump get to claim credit for making Juneteenth famous since no one ever heard of it before now

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      Making Juneteenth great again is like Trumps discovery that Obama was indeed born in America. He figured it out all by himself with his great brain and wanted to share it with us, because hell, we never knew !

      • MADCO says:

        Nope- he still thinks Obama was not a citizen and HRC (and Ivanka and Kushner) should be locked up for using personal email for gov't work.

        He also still thinks the Central Park 5 should be executed.

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    Zuck finds his tipping point? 

    Facebook removes Trump ads for violating ‘organized hate’ policy

    Facebook removed 88 ads Thursday posted by the accounts of President Donald Trump, the Trump campaign and Vice President Mike Pence that the social media giant said were “violating our policy against organized hate.”

    “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” the spokesperson wrote.

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      Everybody with the exception of Cory eventually reaches their tipping point with Trump.  

    • Genghis says:

      It took much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but yes, even Facebook — the most toxic, falsehood-disseminating cyber-shithole yet devised — got the message.

      Edited to add:

      lol

      As if the Nazi symbol weren’t enough, the significance of the “88 ads” just dawned on my dumb ass.

        • MADCO says:

          They should just open up – put on the robes and say some stuff.

          Nazi rally in NYC 1939 is all transcribed.

          George Wallace campaign as in see Lincoln project

          Hell – I'm sure David Duke would help out.

          • MichaelBowman says:

            Pappy Fred can help from #WhiteProsperityJesus heaven with a little spiritual channeling from Paula White? (but only if you send her a thousand Benjamins first). 

            Trumps’s still in the foreplay stage with DD this cycle. You can bet Stephen Miller has him on speed dial. 

            David Duke Again Endorses Donald Trump

            I love what Trump’s doing. I think that Trump is a breath of fresh air. I don’t know exactly what he’s going to do when he’s in but I think it’s great what he’s doing. But I tell you something, we have got to continue to take this another step, we have got to continue to go on the offensive in this battle. As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to vote for Trump, I said I supported Trump, I’ve been aligned with Trump from very early in this campaign, as you have, but there’s no question in my mind that we need at least one guy in the United States Congress, whether in the House of Representatives or the Senate, at least one guy that will openly stand up for the rights and the heritage of European-Americans and I believe that the time is right.

  5. kwtree says:

    Trump’s own volunteer idiots are the ones running over protesters, or infiltrating protests and provoking police, looting, breaking stuff and causing mayhem.

    At least, there has been plenty of anecdotal evidence from protests all over the country that it is the right wing hatriots doing most of the damage, and little to no evidence that there has been actual Antifa involvement.

    But somebody has to take the fall for the damages; and Trump’s folks aren’t going to ever own it. So, shift blame to “Antifa”.

  6. Nasty Woman says:

    All LGBTQ people know the triangle.  We know the consequences of not fitting in with a certain people.  We get it everyday and the triangle reinforces what will happen to us. It is very scary to watch the republican party edge closer every day to the way the naziis took over Germany.

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