President Trump tweeted a new 2020 campaign video on Wednesday evening, which immediately sparked controversy for its purported use of a white nationalist logo at the end of the clip.
Former Snopes managing editor Brooke Binkowski was among the first to point out the problematic use of the logo. Binkowski tweeted a thread showing an archived version of a now-deleted 2016 tweet by VDARE, a white nationalist, anti-immigrant group who shared the symbol in question.
Thank you for the support as we MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/qKgwRMSgcf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
Mediaite tracked the image back even further to a tweet by a self-described Dutch white nationalist, who Trump thanked for his support on Twitter in 2015, and whose Twitter account has since been suspended.
Mediaite also reported that the logo in question was also used by the fascist group “Lion Guard,” whose name came from a Trump retweet of the Benito Mussolini quote “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
VDARE made headlines last week when the Justice Department’s immigration arm sent judges a morning news briefing that included a blog post from their website that included racist and anti-Semitic slurs.