Donald Trump Jr. still hasn’t removed anti-semitic, white supremacist meme from Instagram

Twenty-four hours after Donald Trump Jr. was informed that he posted an anti-semitic, white supremacist meme on Instagram, that post is still live on Trump’s account.

As I noted the other day, in a post intending to mock Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about half of Donald Trump’s supporters being “deplorable” racists, sexists and homophobes, Trump’s son posted a picture of himself, his father and others with the title ” The Deplorables.”

In that image is a picture of a green frog — the symbol of the “Alt-right,” the growing white supremacist movement that Trump’s campaign director, Stephen Bannon, panders to with his publication Breitbart.

But the bigger problem for Donald Trump Jr. is why, after having been informed yesterday that the frog is an anti-semitic, white supremacist meme, has Donald Trump Jr. refused to delete the Instagram post?

From Politico:

Calling the frog meme a “well-known symbol of the white supremacist movement,” Stephanopoulos referred to the company of others in the photo who have propagated various conspiracy theories.

“I’ve never even heard of Pepe the Frog. I mean, bet you 90 percent of your viewers have never heard of Pepe the Frog,” Trump Jr. told Stephanopoulos, adding, “I thought it was a frog in a wig. I thought it was funny. I had no idea there was any connotation there.”

And I just checked Instagram, and the photo of the anti-semitic white supremacist meme is still in Donald Trump Jr.’s account. Why?


Joy Reid mentioned this on her show today. And she mentioned that Donald Trump Jr. was informed of how bad the meme was, and he said he didn’t know. And sure, maybe it’s not anti-semitic and white supremacist of you to accidentally post a neo-Nazi meme to your Instagram account. But what does it say about Donald Trump Jr. when, after being informed of the true nature of his post, he still leaves it up?

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