Today, during a CNN report on Donald Trump, the network broadcast rallygoers with two different racist hate symbols, one of which they didn't seem to notice.
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CNN Broadcasts Nazi Swastika Sign
The first was a Nazi sign with the word "media" which was directed at left at the press table. The CNN reporter holds the sign up to show to the camera.
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CNN Broadcasts "Pepe the Frog" Sign
The second symbol doesn't even seem to be noticed by the CNN reporters, and instead of being directed at the media, this was a sign held up in during the actual rally.
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The reason the CNN reporters didn't notice it was that they probably didn't recognize the symbol. It's "Pepe", a reference to "Pepe the Frog". "Pepe the Frog" has been designated a hate symbol by the ADL and other organizations.
Regarding "Pepe the Frog", the LA Times wrote this:
In some instances, Pepe wears a Hitler mustache, and his signature message is replaced with "Kill Jews Man." In others, Pepe poses in front of a burning World Trade Center, dressed like an Orthodox Jewish person with a yarmulke and payot. He's also been spotted wearing a Nazi soldier's uniform and in a KKK hood and robe.
In May, the Daily Beast spoke to a white supremacist who said there had been a concerted effort on the site 4chan to "reclaim Pepe" from normal people in late 2015. Pepe had gone mainstream: He's been tweeted by Katy Perry, who said she has a "Pepe file" on her computer, and has made multiple appearances on Nicki Minaj's Instagram. So the supremacist group remixed him with Nazi propaganda for a laugh.
Here's the picture that CNN broadcast of a Pepe sign:
We have blurred out the person holding the sign.
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