MSNBC 'Analyst' Links Trump's Decision To Fly Flags At Half-Staff To 'Neo-Nazism'
Former FBI assistant director uses numerology to back up the claim
A former FBI assistant director and MSNBC analyst linked President Trump's decision to fly flags at half-staff in honor of the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio shooting victims to Neo-Nazism.
Frank Figluizzi came up with the bizarre conspiracy theory during an interview with Brian Williams on MSNBC.
This is just the latest in a barrage on unsubstantiated claims that Trump is linked to Neo-Nazism and White supremacy.
Figluizzi, an MSNBC contributor, claimed that Trump’s decision would appeal to neo-Nazis and supporters of Adolf Hitler because of the date the flags will return to full mast.
On August 5, Trump ordered flags to be lowered for three days to honor the 31 victims of the two tragic mass shootings.
Although Figluizzi said he was “not going to imply” the President intentionally timed the flag maneuver to appeals to neo-Nazis, he did then, however, lay out his theory to Brian Williams, who surprisingly kept a straight face.
“The president said that we would fly our flags at half-mast, until August 8th," he said.
"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,” he added.
“The numbers 88 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement," he continued.
"Why? Because the letter ‘H’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them, the numbers 88 together Stand for ‘Heil Hitler.’"
"So we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8,” he concluded.
“I know you’re keeping your options open there, Frank, but as chilling as that is to hear, you’re saying it’s possible that someone who knows better is authoring or editing the words that show up and are read verbatim, or are supposed to be read verbatim, by the president,” he said.
Democrats were quick to politicize the El Paso shooting by blaming Trump.
Trump gave an official statement Monday in response to the weekend's horrific mass-shootings calling for the mass-murderers to face the death penalty "quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay."
The president also explicitly condemned "white supremacy" and racism, declaring that "hatred has no place in America."
In the wake of back-to-back mass shootings on Saturday and Sunday that left at least 30 people dead, Trump is calling for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws.
These reforms will include so-called "red flag laws" that give authorities powers to confiscate guns from those deemed a public risk.
2020 hopeful Joe Biden also attacked President Donald Trump by comparing him to the Klu Klux Klan in an interview CNN's Anderson Cooper, even though the president gave a speech calling for unity, condemning white supremacy and racial hatred.