Amid the chaotic scene between Donald Trump supporters and protesters on the streets of Chicago Friday night, this photo of a Trump supporter went viral:
— Chicago Trib Photo (@ChiTribPhoto) March 12, 2016
The picture attracted attention because a similar hand gesture was used by the Nazis. Trump encouraged an entire crowd of people to swear their allegiance to him in a similar manner a few days ago:
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 5, 2016
In an effort to tamp down the controversy, his son, Donald Trump Jr., promoted a tweet from @voxday which alleged the woman in the picture was actually an activist supporting Bernie Sanders:
The first problem was that allegation was completely false, as demonstrated by the woman, Portia Boulger, herself:
— Portia A. Boulger (@PortiaABoulger) March 12, 2016
Even more disturbing was that the @voxday account is a cesspool of white nationalism.
Here's "Vox Day" explaining how white people are superior to black people https://t.co/JAaeZlDOsQ
— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) March 12, 2016
Although even @voxday has acknowledged he was wrong, Donald Trump Jr. has not corrected his error as of publication time.
The incident occurs shortly after Donald Trump garnered criticism for declining multiple opportunities to disavow an endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying he needed to do more research. He later said he did, in fact, disavow Duke.