Donald Trump Jr. Shares White Supremacist Pepe the Frog Meme

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    Sep 12, 2016 1:03 AM GMT
    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-adviser-son-post-image-trump-s-deplorables-featuring-white-n646431A white nationalist symbol has made its way into the latest back and forth in the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Amid the flurry of statements about Hillary Clinton calling "half" of Donald Trump supporters a "basket of deplorables," — a reference to some of the Republican nominee's supporters who ascribe to views popular among the white nationalist-linked alt-right movement — informal Trump adviser and confidante Roger Stone tweeted a picture of the poster from the movie "The Expendables" altered as "The Deplorables." Donald Trump, Jr., one of Trump's sons, posted the same image on Instagram. The origin of the image is unclear.

    The Photoshopped faces in the picture include Trump, running mate Gov. Mike Pence, Gov. Chris Christie, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Ben Carson, both of Trump's eldest sons, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos, and Stone himself.

    Prominently featured over Trump's right shoulder: popular white nationalist symbol, Pepe the Frog.

    "Pepe the Frog is a huge favorite white supremacist meme," Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center told NBC News of the meme.

    While Pepe the Frog may not be a household name, the meme is known to members of the alt-right on the internet.

    "It's constantly used in those circles," Beirich said. "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.'"

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    Sep 12, 2016 3:35 PM GMT
    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/donald-trump-jr-pepe-nazi-instagramApparently, Don Jr. is happy to be in the company of Pepe the Frog.

    Just two months after the Trump campaign got into trouble for tweeting an image that was widely seen as anti-Semitic, a member of the Republican nominee’s family is at it again. On Sunday, Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of Donald Trump, proudly promoted the above Instagram post, which includes a meme frequently shared by white supremacists. “Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables,” he wrote, referring to a series of controversial comments Hillary Clinton recently made about Trump’s supporters. “All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported@realdonaldtrump [sic] and know that he can fix the mess created by politicians in Washington.”

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    The image, which plays off Sylvester Stallone’s geriatric action movie The Expendables, shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his sons alongside such “hard working men” as prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Breitbart commentator Milo Yiannopoulos—who was banned from Twitter for inciting hateful rhetoric—and Pepe the Frog, an amphibian meme that has been appropriated by Trump’s “alt-right” followers, some of whom use the image to peddle racism, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism.
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    Sep 13, 2016 2:49 AM GMT
    Like father, like son. This twit is the same guy who accused President Obama of plagiarism for using a line Obama’s used numerous times before — a line President George W. Bush also used. That line was a variant of the phrase “America I know.” After this twit's tweet became a laughingstock on social media, the twit tweeted once more, saying he was just joking. Yeah, right. See https://thinkprogress.org/donald-trump-jr-just-accused-obama-of-plagiarizing-him-and-its-hilarious-db7d885baebd#.girp4np4c (making fun of Trump, Jr.'s tweet).