Hey, here is something you won't be surprised by: CNN is reporting that the
anti-Semitic dogwhistle Hillary Clinton meme Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend was created by a white supremacist. Yea, the presidential candidate who's been caught semi-regularly retweeting things from white supremacist accounts things from white supremacy accounts did it again. Told ya it wasn't surprising.
Although a lot of people have criticized the quiet alliance between Trump and white nationalist groups, using an image of the Star of David over over a bed of money is pretty heavy handed even for him. Still, Trump maintains that the star is a "Sheriff's star," or a "plain star!"
Despite what kind of star Trump claims to think it was, it definitely evoked some strong anti-Semitic imagery for most people who have ever seen a Star of David before. Disturbingly, this specific image can be traced to an anti-Semitic, white supremacist message board where it was posted days before Trump tweeted out the image.
However, Dan Scavino, the poor soul who is Trump's Social Media Director, claims that the campaign didn't create the image, nor did they find it on an anti-semitic message board. He claims that they found the picture on an anti-Hillary twitter account, not realizing that account got it from a bunch of racists. That's so much better, right?
Luckily, instead of having to wonder which anti-Hillary Twitter account the image came from, the creator voluntarily stepped forward. The now defunct Twitter @FishBoneHead1 claims to have made the image, and his parents are probably so proud. @FishBoneHead1 tweeted at the Hill Newspaper, showing journalists there the 'original file,' which he first tweeted out on June 15. If you are not familiar with @FishBoneHead1's work, here are some choice images he has tweeted recently.
But don't call Dan Scavino a bigot just because he tweeted a very anti-Semitic image from a Twitter account devoted to making anti-Semitic images! He is quick to point out that he has spent many lovely Yom Kippurs with his wife's Jewish family. That makes this all okay, right?
But it does raise the question of how this keeps happening. Trump's daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. Nevertheless, the affection white nationalist and neo-nazi groups have for him is disturbingly well-known. Basically, because Trump has very few staffers, his campaign crowdsources a lot of images like this from his fans. His fan base happens to be riddled with neo-Nazis who feel their time has come. Therefore, no one at Trump HQ has to be a neo-Nazi to accidentally appropriate hate speech for campaign purposes. They just have to be too lazy or too indifferent to care.