Funny how Nazi symbols and phrases keep coming out of the White House, don’t you think?
Courtesy of WaPo:
In its online salvo against antifa and “far-left mobs,” President Trump’s reelection campaign displayed a marking the Nazis once used to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.
A red inverted triangle 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 badge forced on Jewish political prisoners, by contrast, featured a yellow triangle overlaid by a red triangle.
In response to queries from The Washington Post, Facebook on Thursday afternoon deactivated ads that included the inverted red triangle.
The red symbol appeared in paid posts sponsored by Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as by the “Team Trump” campaign page. It was featured alongside text warning of “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups” and asking users to sign a petition about antifa, a loose collection of anti-fascist activists whom the Trump administration has sought to link to recent violence, despite arrest records that show their involvement is trivial.
“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, gained as many as 950,000 impressions by Thursday morning. Identical ads on Pence’s page gained as many as 500,000 impressions.
A Trump spokesman claims the symbol is used by Antifa, but I could only find a few examples and it does not appear to be any official insignia.
However, the Nazi’s use of the symbol is well documented in a thing called “books.”
And this ad campaign of Trump’s went out far and wide, which kind of makes me think that this might have been more of a dog whistle for the Neo-Nazis that Trump wants to remain in his base, rather than a symbol to identify an anti-fascist group.
Either way, I seriously doubt that anybody would eagerly use the symbol now.