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Facebook may be attempting to meddle in the 2020 election in an effort to defeat President Donald Trump, as evidenced by the tech giant’s decision Thursday to remove a campaign ad that attacked the decentralized Left-wing anarchist group Antifa.
In a statement to the New York Daily News, a spokesman for the social media platform said that the decision was made to take down the ad over its use of a banned “hate” symbol — a red-and-black upside-down triangle that critics say was used in Nazi death camps.
“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” the company spokesman said. “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”
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. pic.twitter.com/UzmzDaRBup
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) June 18, 2020
“A red inverted triangle was first used in the 1930s to identify Communists, and was applied as well to Social Democrats, liberals, Freemasons and other members of opposition parties,” the Washington Post reported. “The badge forced on Jewish political prisoners, by contrast, featured a yellow triangle overlaid by a red triangle.”
Thus, it fits that Antifa would be associated with the symbol since members aligned with the organization often express Marxist, anarchical ideology similar to that of Communists and Social Democrats.
To that point, U.S. Attorney General William Barr noted during the apex of rioting occurring throughout the United States weeks after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police that Leftist organizations, including Antifa, were behind many of them.
“As I told the governors on Monday, we understand the distinction between three different sets of actors here,” Barr told a press conference. “The large preponderance of those who are protesting are peaceful demonstrators who are exercising their First Amendment rights.
“At some demonstrations, however, there are groups that exploit the opportunity to engage in such crimes as looting,” he continued. “And finally, at some demonstrations, there are extremist agitators who are hijacking the protests to pursue their own separate and violent agenda.”
“We have evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity,” Barr noted further. “We are also seeing foreign actors playing all sides to exacerbate the violence.”
Hence, the now-deleted 2020 Trump campaign ad.
“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 said.
“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 stand with President Trump against ANTIFA,” the ad continued.
“Please add your name IMMEDIATELY to stand with your President and his decision to declare ANTIFA a Terrorist Organization.”
The Trump campaign defended its use of the symbol as a means of pointing out the fact that Antifa groups and others that espouse extreme Left-wing ideology use it.
This is an emoji.🔻
It's also a symbol widely used by Antifa. It was used in an ad about Antifa.
It is not in the ADL's Hate Symbols Database. pic.twitter.com/V4fK8QWHKD
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 18, 2020
“The red triangle is an Antifa symbol,” Trump campaign spokesman Ken Farnaso told the Daily News, linking the symbol to Antifa-themed merchandise.
“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa,” Trump Campaign Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh told Breitbart News.
“We would note that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad,” he continued.
“The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate. But it is ironic that it took a Trump ad to force the media to implicitly concede that Antifa is a hate group.”
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