WP: A lot of Donald Trump Jr.’s trail missteps seem to involve white nationalists and Nazis

This is a trend. Donald Trump Jr. is Alt-Right friendly.

Good for the Washington Post for linking to Alt-Right sources in this piece.

Washington Post:

Let’s recap:

The “gas chamber” comment

“The media has been her number-one surrogate in this,” Trump said in a Wednesday interview with a Philadelphia radio station, referring to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest. But the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy [sic], on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing.”

Then he added: “If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”

After the media and the Clinton campaign noted that sounded a lot like a Holocaust reference, the Trump campaign put out a defiant response. By Friday morning, he had acknowledged a poor “choice of words” but accused the media of targeting him because it had run out of ways to attack his father.

He told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday morning that he might have used the wrong language, noting that he had previously used “electric chair” in the same formulation.

“I didn’t say anything about the Holocaust,” he said. “It was poor choice of words, perhaps. But in no way, shape or form was I ever even remotely talking about the Holocaust.”

Posting Pepe the Frog on Instagram

After Clinton made her “basket of deplorables” comment and Trump supporters gleefully embraced the label, Trump this week sought to do the same. So he Instagrammed a mock-up of a “The Expendables” movie poster with his, his father’s and his father’s supporters’ faces superimposed over the words “The Deplorables.”

The problem: One of the superimposed faces was of Pepe the Frog, a symbol that has been co-opted by white supremacists and nationalists.

Trump said a friend sent it to him.

On “Good Morning America,” Trump said he didn’t know the frog was such a symbol. “If I’m glib — perhaps that’s the case — I’ve never even heard of Pepe the Frog,” he said. “I thought it was a frog in a wig. I thought it was funny. I had no idea that there’s any connotation there.”

Radio interview with a white nationalist

In March, he did an interview with James Edwards, a white nationalist radio host who prefers the term “pro-white advocate.” In the past, Edwards has decried interracial sex as “white genocide” and said “slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened” to black people.

Trump said at the time that he didn’t realize who was asking him questions.

Retweeting a professor who writes about “white identity”

On Sept. 1, Trump Jr. retweeted alt-right movement leader Kevin MacDonald, who runs the Occidental Observer website. According to the site’s mission statement, it is focused on issues of “white identity, white interests, and the culture of the West.”

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MacDonald is the director of the American Freedom Party, which was founded by William Johnson. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he was the white nationalist running robo-calls in favor of Trump in the Republican primary who was briefly in line to be a Trump delegate from California.

MacDonald has often written about how anti-Semitism is a logical reaction to Jewish success.

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