President Trump is now being accused of signaling the "white supremacist movement" for ordering the re-raising the half-mast American flags. The flags were flown at half-mast to honor those killed in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio in the last week, and will be raised back to their proper position on August 8th.
NBC News National Security contributor Frank Figliuzzi appeared on MSNBC's The 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, and claimed that re-raising the flags show's Trump's racism.
Figliuzzi said of the president, "He spoke in the passive voice, in the collective voice. We didn’t hear first-person from him. We didn’t hear “I condemn” white hate ideology. We heard “the nation” must condemn it. Well, the nation does condemn it, but we didn`t hear what we needed to hear, so what happens is the extremists interpreted what the president read off a script today as something he needed to say, something he didn’t really want to say."
He continued, "So it’s little things and language and messaging that matters. 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 NBC contributor then added that he believes Trump ordered the flags to be re-raised on August 8th (8/8) because the number 88 stands fo "Heil Hitler".
"So we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8. No one is thinking about this. No one is giving him advice or he’s rejecting the advice. So, understand your adversary to counter the adversary," Figliuzzi said.
Seriously? This guy is reaching far and reaching hard.