T-rump and Pepe
Rachel Maddow just gave a detailed account of T-rump's connection to the alt-right, white supremacists, and Nazism. I new none of this; maybe you don't, either.
In a recent National Press Club appearance, held in the basement ballroom of a hotel, several people (I guess; they were white men) explained how they have adopted a cartoon character of a green frog, named Pepe, as a symbol of their beliefs and desire for a white-only nation. Several pictures of Pepe, from their sites and Breitbart showed the frog with a Hitler mustache, etc. Then came a picture of T-rump in cycle leathers, bulging forearms, and Nazi paraphernalia flanked by Pence, his sons, Giuliani, Christie--and Pepe, all similarly costumed. It was posted on T-rump Jr's Iinstagram account. Could it get any plainer who these people are?
The aforementioned white guys carefully explained to the press how whites are superior to African-Americans (not their term), Hispanics (ditto), Jews--in short, everybody else. And how Pepe is a symbol of all that. And how D. T-rump has given them legitimacy, how he's their leader. The National Press Club originally scheduled this abomination in their main facility. Then, they cancelled it. Then, they rescheduled it in secret. T-rump's son just associated himself with all those cretins with this almost incredible Instagram post.
Rachel's. Lawrence, and Joy's shows for at least 2 weeks worth. Some probably should be strapped to a chair with there eyes held open.
this blatant racism on display within his extended family. This is nuts in the extreme.
It is probably better that you have not, but that frog has been all over 4chan for a long, long time. If some of these guys started using Snoopy in photoahops would Snoopy be a white supremecist symbol?
People in politics and media are equal parts earnest and facile. The Ivy League culture prizes earnestness and rewards the most earnest. Facile because they do not understand 4chan culture, at all.
They are going to keep stepping on rakes (like a cartoon frog is a danger) because they are earnest and facile.
I never heard of Pepe before last night. I don't visit sites like 4chan. And, no, Snoopy would not necessarily be a racist symbol if these guys began using him in their propaganda, but there would no doubt of it if they carefully explained his significance to them as they did with Pepe. Publishing images of Pepe with a Hitler mustache leaves little doubt of their intention.
Such as a toon showing him boiling in a vat (do frog legs mean anything?)--or being fried in a deep fryer, to show that bigotry not only has no place in American society, but also will be severely punished.