Sometimes you think the left can’t get any sillier and then you find out you are wrong.
One of the obsessions of the left is the so-called alt-right. I know there are people who believe every third person in the White House has a Pepe the Frog lapel button, I’m not one of them. I’m not sure why anyone gives them the satisfaction of acknowledging their existence and I am increasingly convinced that the alt-right exists mainly as a tool to be used to keep the Trump-is-a-Nazi meme in play.
Hold onto your seats, folks and follow this one. Via The Independent: Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes.
Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House.
Freelance journalist Mike Cernovich and Cassandra Fairbanks, a reporter for Russian news outlet Sputnik, posed for a picture behind the podium in the White House briefing room. In the photo, they are making a hand sign that can be used to signify “white power.”
“Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House,” Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the picture.
This is the hand sign:
— Cassandra NoWar Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 28, 2017
Let me stop here for a moment and confess total ignorance of Cassandra Fairbanks’s existence before today and what I do know of Cernovich is unimpressive.
This is the explanation.
The article goes on:
The resurgence of the symbol may be traced back to a popular alt-right meme, known as “smug Pepe,” which began circulating on alt-right, pro-Trump message boards in 2015. Mr Trump often uses the symbol when speaking, explaining its significance with the president’s supporters.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) characterises the symbol as a “racist hand sign.”
Except the ADL really doesn’t do that. This is the ADL mention:
And if you search Google for “smug Pepe” you’ll find that “smug Pepe” rarely uses the “okay” hand sign:
It is entirely probable that the “okay” hand sign flashed by Cernovich and Fairbanks has some “in” meaning, the most likely one is that it is an homage to Trump who uses that sign frequently when making a point in a speech. But the evidence presented in this article that this is a white power sign is bogus.