Facebook Removes Trump Campaign’s “Red Triangle” Ads Over Symbol’s Association To Nazis

Overview

Donald Trump’s Red Triangle Posts refers to a series of advertisements posted by the 2020 Donald Trump presidential campaign that features an image of a red upside-down triangle. Many online have pointed out that the red triangle was a symbol used by the Nazis to mark political prisoners and those who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The Trump campaign has defended using the symbol, stating that the American anti-fascist movement known as Antifa had reclaimed the symbol. Critics of Trump contend that their use of the symbol is an overt dog whistle to white supremacists.

Background

On June 17th, 2020, Fortune magazine editor John Buysse tweeted, “This Trump Facebook ad attacking Antifa uses an upside down red triangle that sure looks like a… checks notes Nazi concentration camp badge for “political prisoners, social democrats, socialists, communists and anarchists, rescuers of Jews, trade unionists, and Freemasons.” The tweet received more than 1,200 likes and 1,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below).


Developments

Online Reaction

On June 17th, 2020, Twitter user @jewishaction tweeted, “The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection using a Nazi concentration camp symbol. Nazis used the red triangle to mark political prisoners and people who rescued Jews. Trump & the RNC are using it to smear millions of protestors. Their masks are off.” The tweet received more than 10,000 likes and 9,700 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below).


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@jewishaction continued, “This isn’t just one post. This is dozens of carefully targeted ads from the official pages of Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Team Trump. All paid for by Trump and the Republican National Committee. All spreading lies and genocidal imagery.” The followup post received more than 2,400 likes and 1,600 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below).

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action DEFENSE OF BL LIFE @jewishaction This isn't just one post. This is dozens of carefully targeted ads from the official pages of Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Team Trump. All paid for by Trump and the Republican National Committee. All spreading lies and genocidal imagery. Donald J. Trump Mike Pence Sponsored - Paid for by TRUMP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN COMMITTEE Sponsored - Paid for by TRUMP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN COMMITTEE ID: 591999094784607 ID: 185875332852144 Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem. They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting - it's Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem. They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting - it's absolute madness. absolute madness. It's important that EVERY American comes together at a time like this to send 's important that EVERY American comes together at a time like this to send a united message that we will not stand for their radical actions any longer. We're calling on You to make a public statement and add your name to stan. We're caling on YOU to make a public statement and add your name to stan. a united message that we will not stand for their radical actions any longer. COMMITTEE ID: 681677109057568 Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem. They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting - it's absolute madness. It's important that EVERY American comes together at a time like this to send a united message that we will not stand for their radical actions any longer. We're calling on You to make a public statement and add your name to stan. 10:33 PM Jun 17, 2020 · Twitter Web App  data-src=

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