Trump Org Is Selling An $88 Trump Baseball. ‘88’ Is A White Supremacist Symbol.
As President Trump doubles down on his re-election efforts, a number of concerning pieces of evidence have been raised suggesting Trump and his campaign are attempting to covertly signal solidarity with white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
- A Business Insider report drew attention to several tweets alleging that the president was trying to signal neo-Nazis with an $88 baseball being sold on the Trump Organization’s website.
- According to the Anti-Defamation league, the number 88 has been used to signal “Heil Hitler” because the letter H is the 8th letter of the alphabet. They described the number as “one of the most common white supremacist symbols.” While the symbol finds its roots in Nazism, it has been used to stand in for the entire white supremacist movement.
- Numerous Twitter users noted the peculiarity of valuing the baseball at $88 rather than a round number like $85 or $90.
- While the president has never overtly endorsed the white supremacist position, a number of controversies have made Americans question the president’s loyalty to this cause. Most notably, Trump’s “very fine people on both sides” comment raised eyebrows after white supremacist gangs terrorized protestors in Charlottesville, VA resulting in a violent spat. The president also was slow to reject an endorsement from the KKK’s official newspaper, raising more eyebrows.
- Additionally, a Trump advertisement on Facebook was removed after the platform said the post “violated [Facebook’s] policy against organized hate.”
- The advertisement depicted a red upside-down triangle, urging supporters to sign a petition against ANTIFA. Bend the Action, a progressive Jewish activist organization, noted on Twitter that this was the exact symbol used to denote Jewish people in Nazi concentration camps.
- The Trump campaign claimed the image was of an emoji and falsely claimed the red triangle was a symbol of ANTIFA. According to MSN, the red triangle shows up under “antifa symbol” because of this Facebook post.
- America’s Voice has compiled a list of Trump staffers linked to John Tanton’s network of radical anti-immigrant organizations like NumbersUSA, the Center for Immigration Studies, and the Federation of American Immigration Reform. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading legal advocacy group for civil rights causes, has identified the latter two organizations as hate groups.
- A number of current and former Trump staffers have ties to these organizations, including Lou Barletta of the Trump transition team; Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president; and Jon Feere of ICE.