After a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA turned violent on Saturday, with at least one person killed, Eric Trump’s appearance on Sunday morning talk shows with what he called an “Adolf Hickler Haircut” sent shivers through the nation’s collective spine.
The haircut is identical to the one sported by American neo-Nazi, Richard Spencer (picture below), and very similar to the one that Adolf Hitler himself wore during his racist reign of death in Germany in the 1930’s and 1940's.
The fact that Eric Trump called it an “Adolf Hickler” cut, rather than using the Nazi leader’s actual name, appears to be a right handed salute to the southern white nationalists, or “hicks,” who gathered in Charlottesville by the hundreds on Friday and Saturday to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the Virginia city. Lee was a general in the Confederate army during the American Civil War.
After Saturday’s violence, President Trump offered an equivocal rebuke to the white nationalist protesters, condemning “all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred” but not specifically singling out the white racist hate groups, KKK members, and pro-Trump supporters who were among the agitators.
His son’s new look, an overt display of bigoted bravado and very bad optics just a day after the bloody unrest in Charlottesville, was worrisome to Democrats, Republicans, and millions of Americans alike.
It is particularly disturbing in light of documented reports that the president’s father was a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer who was arrested after a KKK rally in Queens, NY in 1927. President Trump seems to have followed in his father’s footsteps and now has passed the white racist tiki torch onto one of his sons.
Close observers of the First Family are now waiting to see if eldest son, Donald Jr., grows a toothbrush mustache in the Hitler style or appears in blackface at upcoming White House events.
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