An MSNBC analyst suggested that President Donald Trump’s comment mentioning the eighth day of August could be construed to be a reference to the Nazi salute, “Heil Hitler.”
MSNBC contributor Frank Figliuzzi claimed that, by ordering flags be lowered to half-mast in the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings, Trump sounded a neo-Nazi dog whistle, NewsBusters reports:
“Figliuzzi, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, floated the conspiracy theory during MSNBC’s 11th Hour With Brian Williams on Monday night. He demonstrated the media’s unhinged nature in the Trump era by claiming that Trump lowering the flags until August 8th, or “8/8,” was an appeal to neo-Nazis and Adolf Hitler supporters.”
Here is the rationale Figliuzzi gave:
“The President said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th. That's 8/8. Now, I'm not going to imply that he did this deliberately but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House.
“The numbers “88” are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter 'H' is the eighth letter of the alphabet and, to them, the numbers “88” together stand for “Heil Hitler.”