President Donald Trump’s official re-election campaign is using a red triangle to attack “far-left groups,” presumably including Democrats, in Facebook ads and at least one Facebook post.
The inverted red triangle, as The Washington Post reports, “was first used in the 1930s to identify Communists, and was applied as well to Social Democrats, liberals, Freemasons and other members of opposition parties.” The Nazis also used the image “to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.”
The language in a Facebook post from the Trump campaign’s official and verified Facebook page is also incendiary.
“Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem. They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting – it’s absolute madness,” the post, dated Wednesday, June 18, reads (screenshot below.)
“It’s important that EVERY American comes together at a time like this to send a united message that we will not stand for their radical actions any longer. We’re calling on YOU to make a public statement and add your name to stand with President Trump against ANTIFA.”
“Please add your name IMMEDIATELY to stand with your President and his decision to declare ANTIFA a Terrorist Organization,” it urges.
Above the post in the Facebook page’s header image reads: “ONE NATION.”
The post is not viewable in the page’s main feed. NCRM was able to find it by googling the text of the post. The link is here for those who wish to view it. Facebook has yet to delete it.
A Trump campaign spokesperson told The Washington Post the red triangle is an Antifa symbol, but at least one expert disagrees.
Jacob S. Eder, a historian of modern Germany at the Barenboim–Said Akademie in Berlin, calls it “a highly problematic use of a symbol that the Nazis used to identify their political enemies.” He said unlike some Nazi concentration camp symbols, like the pink triangle, the red triangle has not been reclaimed.
“I find it shocking,” American scholar of the Holocaust Deborah E. Lipstadt said.
The Post notes the ads are being run by Trump’s Facebook account and Vice President Pence’s Facebook account. As of Thursday morning combined they have been seen nearly 1.5 million times.
A group of “tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country,” Bend the Arc, posted images warning about the Trump posts and ads.
This isn’t just one post.
This is dozens of carefully targeted ads from the official pages of Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Team Trump.
All paid for by Trump and the Republican National Committee. All spreading lies and genocidal imagery. pic.twitter.com/kfgihVZQr2
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) June 18, 2020
Calling the red triangle “an infamous Nazi symbol,” Media Matters notes the Trump campaign ran 88 of these ads on Facebook. Social media users were quick to note that 88 is a Nazi symbol for Hitler, and that the first sentence of the post has 14 words. The ADL has noted that the “14 words” “is a reference to the most popular white supremacist slogan in the world.”
— Media Matters (@mmfa) June 18, 2020
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‘Angry’ Trump Michigan Voters Admit They Want ‘This Nightmare to End’ in November
President Donald Trump’s Michigan supporters are abandoning their 2016 pick for Vice President Joe Biden as the election comes closer.
In a series of interviews on MSNBC Sunday, revisited voters they’d met earlier in the election cycle in Kent County.
Katey Morse and her husband were both working full time, and their kids were in school back in March, but things quickly changed as the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Luckily, she and her husband didn’t lose their jobs, but they, like many parents, are struggling to do virtual school for their kids.
“I’m turning into more of an angry person than I’ve ever been in my life,” she said about how she feels politically, noting that it makes her sad. “I’ve just got a countdown to November now, and I’m hoping we’ll wake up from this nightmare we’re in.”
She later explained that she was attracted to Trump in 2016 because he was a businessman who she thought would make the right decisions. But she’s now watching business leaders make those right decisions and Trump making the wrong ones.
Hal Ostrow once called himself “politically homeless,” but now things have changed for him too.
“I think we’re seeing it on a daily basis — this delegitimizing of pillars of our society, of institutions of government, everything from COVID testing to choices we’ve got to make for our kids. And there is just a void of leadership at the top,” he said.
Ostrow also explained that the “law and order” message from Trump isn’t really effective because the kind of “law and order” Trump wants isn’t resonating with suburban voters.
Morse agreed, saying, “we’re not 1950s housewives anymore. We’re educated, strong women, who are trying to raise families while working full time out of the home. So, to make a statement saying, we’re going to be — to defund the police and we’re going to be overrun in our communities by all these bad people, it’s ludicrous!”
Jerry Stepanovich was a Trump voter who was parroting the language the Trump used about the “witch hunt” against him. Now things have changed.
“Some of his statements, some of the buffoonery,” he said as a reason for his diversion from solid Trump supporters. “Some of his actions and also when he said, ‘we’re going to knock this right down,’ that’s — that ain’t gonna happen.”
When asked what he would have done differently, he said Trump’s “blasé” attitude claiming “yeah, we’ll take care of this,” is what Stepanovich found questionable. “The bravado — that’s kind of irking me right now.”
See the clip below:
Top US Counter Intelligence Official Formally Announces Russia Working to Attack Biden, Helping Trump Win Re-Election
The top counterintelligence official in the United States government has just released an official statement saying the Intelligence Community is actively working to help President Donald Trump get re-elected.
“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.’ This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia,” states National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina.
“For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption – including through publicizing leaked phone calls – to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party. Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television.”
Evanina does not limit his assessment to Russia. China and Iran, he says, prefer Biden to win the election – which would account for Trump’s recent attacks on both countries, while refusing to challenge or confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on any issue.
“We assess that China prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable – does not win reelection. China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.”
“We assess that Iran seeks to undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections.”
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other top Democrats, have been urging Evanina to release this information to the public.
But he warns that President Donald Trump is unlikely to act on it.
Huge news from ODNI – not the least because Giuliani has worked to amplify Derkach's criticisms of Biden; the IC now says those criticisms are part of a Russian effort to damage Biden's candidacy pic.twitter.com/N16eq9EQQl
— Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) August 7, 2020
Ohio GOP Governor Tests Positive for Coronavirus Just Before Meeting Trump
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine, 73, was scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on the tarmac but will not be there after testing positive for coronavirus. He reportedly has no symptoms.
DeWine refused to mandate masks until July 22.
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) August 6, 2020
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