Like racist father, like racist son.
Prominent members of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign — including one of his sons, Donald Trump Jr. — shared a white supremacist meme on Twitter and Instagram over the past weekend.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) September 10, 2016
“I am so proud to be one of the Deplorables,” tweeted Trump surrogate Roger Stone in reference to Hillary Clinton’s recent comments.
The meme was then shared by Trump Jr. on Instagram, who added “Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables. All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation.”
A friend sent me this. Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables??? All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported @realdonaldtrump and know that he can fix the mess created by politicians in Washington. He’s fighting for you and won’t ever quit. Thanks for your trust! #trump2016 #maga #makeamericagreatagain #basketofdeplorables
A photo posted by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on
The meme featured Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones, notorious Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos (recently banned from Twitter for a long history of racist, anti-Muslim, and sexist attacks), as well as the unofficial mascot of the white supremacist “Alt-Right” movement, Pepe the Frog.
“Pepe the Frog is a huge favorite white supremacist meme,” Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center said about the character, who is standing prominently next to Trump in the image. “It’s constantly used in those circles.”
“The white nationalists are gonna love this because they’re gonna feel like ‘yeah we’re in there with Trump, there’s Pepe the Frog,’” Beirich added.
Notes TPM, “Trump himself shared a meme featuring himself as president Pepe” last fall.
“Pepe the Frog has emerged as an unofficial mascot of the alt-right, a loosely defined group of white nationalists who congregate online to debate IQ differences between the races and joke about burning Jewish journalists in ovens.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2015
Perhaps feeling a little left out of the party, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke tweeted out his own version of the “Deplorables” meme, this one featuring himself, Trump, Trump campaign head Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, and Ann Coulter.
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) September 11, 2016
Duke has credited Trump’s campaign with inspiring him to run for the US Senate seat from Louisiana, with his campaign manager recently telling the New York Times that “the views that Donald Trump is talking about now were David’s platform decades ago.”