Trump Just Tweeted 2020 Campaign Ad With Logo Used by White Supremacists
Donald Trump tweeted a new 2020 campaign video on Wednesday, which at first was notable for its inclusion of a bull with big swinging balls.
But on closer inspection, it also is being slammed for its use of a white supremacist logo at the end of the clip.
Former Snopes Managing Editor Brooke Binkowski was among the first to point out the problematic use of the logo.
Binkowski tweeted a thread showing an archived version of a now-deleted 2016 tweet by VDARE, a white nationalist, anti-immigrant group that shared the symbol in question.
2019 / 2016 pic.twitter.com/0oWGl0U3DE
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) August 29, 2019
Mediaite tracked the image back even further, to a tweet by a self-described Dutch white nationalist, who Trump thanked for his support on Twitter in 2015 and whose Twitter account has since been suspended.
Mediaite also reported that the logo was also used by the fascist group Lion Guard, whose name came from a Trump retweet of the Benito Mussolini quote “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
Seth Mandel, the executive editor of Washington Examiner Magazine, replied, “This is a bigger deal than ppl are going to make of it I think. This is taking his platform and signal boosting white supremacists and fascists. Yes, I know, he doesn’t pay attention to this stuff, but so what? He should! And his team obviously wallow in the fever swamps.”
This is a bigger deal than ppl are going to make of it I think. This is taking his platform and signal boosting white supremacists and fascists. Yes, I know, he doesn’t pay attention to this stuff, but so what? He should! And his team obviously wallow in the fever swamps. https://t.co/XOOdENclGC
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) August 29, 2019
Twitter of course was not shocked:
So. White supremacist groups' logo at the end of Trump's video. Not surprising. May as well just come out and admit it. pic.twitter.com/Gpr4v9vgsO
— Beth Tedder (@BethTedder1) August 28, 2019
Things to unpack from this story:
– Trump’s people watch a lot of white supremacist shit
– the logo is explicitly fascist
– the Trump team is too lazy/stupid/untalented to create their own graphics
— Potlitically Incorrect (@pot_incorrect) August 29, 2019
Aside from the fact that the lion head that Trump & Pence are using for their new campaign logo is a fascist symbol, they should also consider the fact that Don Jr & Eric will try to shoot it and stuff it at some point. https://t.co/UbgTXXjHWL
— stan (@stanthemanchan) August 29, 2019
This is Trump embracing a white nationalist logo, just FYI. https://t.co/iE9kRV8BUf
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) August 29, 2019