I suppose the case could be made for them just not realizing what they were putting out there. Then again, it’s happened so many times, you have to believe that at some point, they would learn.
The fact that Roger Stone is an absolutely, unredeemable slug with his own questionable past doesn’t help.
In response to last week’s comment by Hillary Clinton that half of Trump’s devoted fans are a “basket of deplorables,” Stone tweeted out a photoshopped meme, featuring a prominent alt-right, white nationalist image.
“I am so proud to be one of the Deplorables,” Stone tweeted, along with a PhotoShopped image swapping out characters from the 2010 movie “The Expendables” poster with the heads of Trump and nine of his family members and allies.
The image includes photos of Stone, Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Eric Trump, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), Donald Trump Jr., Infowars’s Alex Jones, conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos and a frog meme associated with the alt-right movement — all under a large heading that reads “The Deplorables.”
I’ve seen this frog pictured in several places on social media, myself, and it’s always coming from those with questionable profiles, so what is it about this that Stone missed? It only takes a moment to check.
The frog, called Pepe, is a white supremacist meme, the Southern Poverty Law Center told NBC News.
“It’s constantly used in those circles,” said SPLC’s Heidi Beirich.
“The white nationalists are gonna love this because they’re gonna feel like, ‘Yeah we’re in there with Trump, there’s Pepe the Frog.'”
Not to be outdone, Donald Trump, Jr. posted the same image on his Instagram account.
“Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables. All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported [Donald Trump] and know that he can fix the mess created by politicians in Washington,” Trump Jr. wrote.
For Trump and his surrogates, I would say they’re failing miserably at the social media game. Of those “best people” Trump surrounds himself with, somebody should be watching what goes on out on the internet and alerting his team members to the kinds of images he’s being associated with.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) September 10, 2016
That’s what they should be doing, but if they were that meticulous, it wouldn’t be the Trump train.